SSSI SICC News - April 2018

March 31, 2018

Please find information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Spatial Information & Cartography Commission (SICC) as of April 2018.


NATIONAL Chair Report

National SICC Chair -  Kerry Smyth GISP-AP

April is a busy month with Getsmart Asia-Locate18 Conference about to kick-off in Adelaide.  The Spatial Information and Cartography Commission has a special focus on the URISA exchange program hosting Tripp Corbin the Past URISA President, notable author of GIS Books and Training Programs.

Tripp will be delivering a pre-conference workshop Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation and presenting at the conference Is your GIS ready for 3D? in the Science of Geospatial stream.  The pre-conference workshop will be in Adelaide 9th April and post-confere4nce Sydney 13th April 2018.  If you are interested in the concurrent “train the trainer” program please contact me directly.

On other front SICC is working towards a partnership with the inaugural Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial and State of the Map Oceania 2018 Conference in Melbourne November 2018.  Watch this space.

Please contact with any comments or feedback.




SSSI Spatial Information & Cartography Commission has an international exchange arrangement with Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.  The relationship has its origins in the Australian counterpart AURISA which rolled into SSI and subsequently SSSI under the stewardship of the SI&C Commission.

URISA is a multi-disciplinary geospatial organization that provides professional education and training, a vibrant and connected community, advocacy for geospatial challenges and issues, and essential resources. URISA fosters excellence in GIS and engages geospatial professionals throughout their careers.

SICC has drawn greatly on URISA resources for:

  •        GISP-AP Certification Program

  •        Workshop and Education

  •        Leadership Academy

  •        Job description Benchmarking

There has also been a reciprocally funded annual exchange program between the URISA President and the SIC Commission Chair with Master classes facilitated in conjunction with available Conference opportunities. 


URISA has a selection of training workshops that are delivered under licence by its accredited trainers.  Participants can register for the workshops and in addition apply to become a trainer.

As a benefit of the SSSI URISA Exchange Program qualified professionals can enrol in the workshops in a “train the trainer” capacity, whereby they gain accreditation to deliver further workshops using URISA licensed course material under the SSSi CPD umbrella.

Masterclass to be delivered by URISA visiting exchange delegate TRIPP CORBIN

ASSET MANAGEMENT: Planning, Strategy and Implementation workshop

(see Coming Events below for more details)

Masterclasses previous delivered in Australia through the Exchange Program

  •        GIS Program Management

  •        Cartography & Map Design

  •        Business Intelligence and Data Integration for the GIS Professional

Help SSSI build its Training and CPD capacity
Become an accredited URISA Workshop Trainer for
ASSET MANAGEMENT: Planning, Strategy and Implementation




Bio: Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert, speaker and author in the field of geospatial technology. He holds multiple certifications including Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified GIS Professional, CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer and Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional. He teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout North America. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community. He is the Immediate Past President of URISA and recipient of the URISA Leadership and Barbara Hirsch Special Service Awards.

Tripp Corbin, MCP, GISP | Chief Executive Officer
eGIS Associates, Inc. |
Esri Certified Desktop Professional | Esri Certified Enterprise System Design Associate

Author of ArcGIS Pro Cookbook & Learning ArcGIS Pro



A representative of the SICC Committee participates in the SSSI Education & Career Development Committee who have the three initiatives all at various stages of progress:

1. A National Surveying and Spatial Competition. So far restricted to QLD and ACT. Expected to grow nationally over time.

2. Facilitating the creation of an interest group and from that a leadership group to drive forward the 2026 Action Plan - Education Pillar. Many people have expressed interest and so a leadership group workshop is being planned to define the goals, group structure, set milestones and timelines.

3. Provide a more effective forum for education stakeholders to communicate and collaborate with each other.



summary of committee meeting 

March Committee Meeting

ICSM draft Strategy on Elevation and Depth.

A representative of the SICC Committee will submit feedback to this draft strategy by the end of March.

Videos of Seminars

It is planned that videos of past seminars be posted onto the SSSI web site. Discussion took place around how this will be done and approach to charging for access to it. Further activity will occur on this soon.

New SICC News publication

Re publication for the purposes of telling people about SSSI SIC Commission and it’s activities.  The initial draft is yet to be commenced.

Certification Process

Representatives from the SICC Committee have commenced work on a review of the GISP-AP certification method. The first step to be the terms of reference of the process review.

SSSI Website

The Chair has requested that past events remain listed on the SSSI website rather than disappearing from the site.

All SICC members have been asked to review the content on the SSSI website with a view to updating it. First page for review to be the History page.

URISA Masterclass course material

Course material has been acquired by SICC from URISA covering a variety of topics has been purchased some time ago. These are used for the purposes of delivering classes in Australia. It was decided this course material will require updating and arrangements to get made to deliver these  masterclasses to SICC membership.

Upcoming SI & C Commission National Committee meeting:
19th April 2018



Event Highlights


International Women’s Day

SSSI South Australia organised a table at the 2018 International Women’s’ Day Breakfast, hosted by UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia. Over 2700 people attended the breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre, which included presentations by Senator Penny Wong and Tanya Hosch, the AFL’s General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy.

Webinar Series in Queensland

The first of a series of webinars for students and graduates was held on 27th March. Students presented their research to SSSI members.

The topic was “Using Spatial Technologies for Economic Evaluation of Prescribed Fire”.  This can now be viewed as ECPD on our website.  



Member Highlights


GISP-AP Certifications

The SICC Committee pass on their sincere congratulations to Ross Friend of Queensland who was recommended by the assessment panel on 9th March to be admitted as a GISP-AP Certified Professional.

Also to Natalie Scott of Christchurch, NZ who was admitted as a GISP-AP Certified Professional on 26th March.  (More about Natalie in the next issue)

All GISP-AP Certified Professionals are listed on the SSSI website - click here

Membership News

The SSSI SIC Commission welcomes the following new members:

Full Members:

Dr Kaveh Deilami                    Qld

Mr Oluwadamilare Ajayi       SA

Mr Wade Iden Pavey             Qld

Mr Alexander Shanahan        Qld

Miss Emma Mutty                  Vic

Returning full member:

Mr Evan Joseph Thomas        Vic

Student member :

Mr Evan Joseph Thomas        Vic

Part time Student members :

Mr Wayne Quennelle           NSW

Mr Luke Twigg                        SA

Mr Babor Kaemmerling        Vic    



Events Coming Up 


SSSI-URISA Asset Management Workshops

This year’s URISA Exchange Delegate is Mr Tripp Corbin who is offering the following workshop:

ASSET MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Planning, Strategy and Implementation

2 dates:

Monday 9th April 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre
(Pre-Conference workshop - Free for SSSI members)
More information

Friday 13th April 2018
EMM Consulting, Ground Floor, Suite 01, 20 Chandos Street, St Leonards NSW.
More information

Locate 18

Geosmart Asia Locate 18 Conference  9-11 March, Adelaide

Tasmania State of GIS 2018

Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018
More information

Other events:

Check the SSSI website events page for Events coming up in your state


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