Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry News - June 2020

May 31, 2020

Please find below information on what is happening at the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Commission as of June 2020.

SSSI RSP announces cooperation with the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

SSSI is pleased to announce the cooperation with the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) which will bring a number of benefits for SSSI members.

One of the immediate benefits is the opportunity for SSSI members to attend this year’s ASPRS annual conference for the same cost as ASPRS members. The annual conference's virtual program will take place from June 22 – 26, 2020. An overview of all sessions is available hereIf you are interested to attend this conference at the reduced cost for SSSI members, please email your interest to

SSSI members will also be able to attend ASPRS webinars for a reduced rate of  $15 AUD. The recordings of past seminars and upcoming semiars are available here. You will find topics such as: 

  • Digital Twin of a Utility: GIS, AI, HPC, and Automatic Building Energy Modeling (AutoBEM) Software 
  • NASA Disasters Program Mapping Portal Overview
  • The Equal Earth Projection
  • USGS External Uncertainty Model for 3D Absolute Accuracy Assessment Lidar Point Cloud

The webinars will be included on the SSSI Events Calendar in the future. 

The RSPC is arranging similar cooperation with the German Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (DGPF). 

Webinars related to the Homeward Bound Program

Last year in November, 100 women from around the globe participated in a journey to Antarctica as part of Homeward Bound, the prestigious global leadership program for women in STEMM. The program focuses on strategic capabilities, visibility, communication, science and technology in relation to the sustainable stewardship of our planet. Among the 2019 group headed to Antarctica, there were three SSSI members, Raelene Forbes, Charity Mundava and Rebecca Handcock. Charity Mundava is a member of the national Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission and has been organising three webinars based on her participation in the 2019 Homeward Bound Program.

The first webinar was held on 29 April this year and focused on Remote Sensing for Bushfire Preparedness and Response. A recording of the webinar can be found here. The webinar had three speakers: Dr Charity Mundava (WaterNSW, SSSI RSP), Amy Steiger (Cardno) and Associate Professor In-Young Yeo (University of Newcastle). The webinar was organised in collaboration with the Hunter Environment Institute. 

The second webinar was the Story of Antarctica told using Earth Observtaion. This took place just a few days ago on 17 June and we had the privilege of listening to three presenters: Dr Justine Shaw (University of Queensland), Associate Professor Mary-Anne Lea (University of Tasmania) and Dr Rob Massom (Australian Antarctic Division). The webinar attracted over 100 registrations. A recording of the webinar is available as a eCPD resource if you would like to access it.

SSSI RSP drone webinar series

This national webinar series consists of several webinars all related to drone surveying. The first talk was presented by Renee Bartolo who focused in her talk on issues to consider when establishing a drone program – learnings from the US Geological Survey. 

The next two webinars are: 

  • Thu, 02 July 2020 4PM AEST, Prof Clive Fraser, University of Melbourne, Camera calibration and why it is important
  • Wed 15 July 11AM AEST, Dr Mozhdeh Shahbazi, University of Calgary, Centre de Géomatique du Québec, Georeferencing techniques in drone-based photogrammetry and laser scanning.

More webinars are planned and the presentations will focus on Quality Assessment, Photogrammetry vs Structure from motion VS Lidar, PPP vs RTK positioning for drones, Legal requirements of flying drones and many more. 

All RSP events are listed on this webpage:

SSSI RSP webinars on Spatial Technology within Health

The first two webinars have been presented and the recordings are available online. Thanks a lot to Dr Richard Palmer, Curtin University and Prof. Peter Baade, Cancer Council Queensland for their presentations of the first two webinars in the series. The next webinars in June and July are:

  • Mon, 29 Jun, 2PM AWST, Dr Petra Helmholz, Curtin University, Monitoring human burn wounds using Spatial Technologies
  • Mon, 20 July, 2PM AWST, Dr Roslyn Ward, Notre Dame University, Facial Tracking – Assisting Speech Language Pathologists with Objective Measures

All RSP events are available on this webpage:

SSSI RSP Resources Page

Our Body of Knowledge webpage is online. This webpage is a data repository and collaborative workspace for members and the broader industry providing links to:

  • Publication, journals, conference proceedings and conference
    reports by members
  • Online courses
  • Free data, software and libraries

Please have a look here:

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