SSSI SICC News - December 2018

November 30, 2018

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


NATIONAL Chair Report

National SICC Chair -  Kerry Smyth GISP-AP

FOSS4G SotM Oceania

SSSI partnered with FOSS4G & SotM and Melbourne University to hold the highly successful conference 20-23 November 2018.

I am delighted to commend to you the VIDEOS of Key Notes and Plenary Presentations

Each session of the conference was recorded, and all the videos are now online and easy to find by searching the name of the presenter or talk title. See the full list on the FOSS4G SotM Oceania YouTube Channel.

This collection of Videos has been made possible through the efforts of your committee and many volunteers in the Open Source community.

To view photos of the Conference: Take a look here

Collaboration is live and well in the spatial community.


Kerry Smyth GISP-AP
Chair Spatial Information & Cartography Commission

If you would like to contribute in any way please contact me personally.



summary of committee meeting 

The Committee welcomed a new member from Victoria, David Kelly who is a senior consultant in Spatial & Information Services at Jacobs. David is replacing Andrew Bashfield. We thank Andrew for his valuable contribution over the past year.

The November SICC meeting started with discussion about the GISP-AP review.

  • Past documentation about the certification and its procedural guidelines are still being gathered.

  • The main aim is to continue to ensure  GISP-AP certification is internationally recognised whilst combing the best of existing and international certification changes.

  • We need members help to design demand.  We need examples of organisations that can use GISP-AP to improve outcomes in their organisation.

  • Feedback will be considered from consultations taking place as part of the SSSI roadmap.

Our Chair Kerry Smyth  talked about SSSI’s involvement in the FOSS4G conference held in Melbourne. (See summary of this conference in this news)

The Melbourne Convention Centre approached SSSI about the potential of being involved in a bid to hold the 2023 International Cartographic Conference at the Melbourne Conference Centre. This would be a joint effort between SSSI and the International Cartographic Association’s Australian member organisation, the Mapping Sciences Institute.  This will be open to further discussion.




Help the National SICC Committee represent you:

If you would like to contribute your ideas about how the SICC does or should advocate for it’s members and the industry, feel free to voice your ideas by contacting through the SICC committee members.

Additionally you can respond to the relevant questions in surveys that you’ll see in the coming weeks that will contribute to SSSI’s strategy to create a well structured advocacy program.


EVENT Highlights

FOSS4G Oceania

On 20-23 November 2018, SSSI partnered with FOSS4G & SotM and Melbourne University to hold the highly successful conference exploring open source geospatial tech & open data.

To benefit all that did or did not attend, each session of the conference was recorded, and all the presentations are now online and easy to find by searching the name of the presenter or talk title. See the full list on the FOSS4G SotM Oceania YouTube Channel.

Also click here to see Photos of the conference

For those that attended a workshop, The workshop materials are available for download from the conference website now.

Regional conferences

Thanks to Angus, our dedicated committee member for providing the following summaries of events he attended over recent weeks :

ACT - Canberra
Launch of 3d Special Interest Group (sic).  A lot of focus on the current and future use of 3d data and visualisations.   Papers were presented including the use of voxels  to quickly calculate navigable paths through point without having to model surfaces first. 

North Queenland Region - Townsville
A two day conference that allowed Land Surveying and SICC members to collaborate.  An interesting presentation on the limitation of accuracy in Remotely Piloted Aircraft spatial data surveys.   A highlight of the conference was the dinner speaker, Cherrie Motti,  from Australian Marine Science Institute explaining the potential use of Giant Triton sea snails in combating the crown of thorn starfish.  

NSW conference - Wollongong
NSW is experiencing a once in a generation growth in spending on infrastructure which is creating the environment for spatial innovation.  With large lidar capture programs , a DCDB regeneration project and a commitment to the creation of 4d foundation data infrastructure the NSW State government through Spatial Services is very busy.  It was fantastic to hear Wayne Patterson's passion and excitement for the level of collaboration occurring in the industry.   There was a wide variety of topics presented with a large cross flow of ideas between Spatial Science and Surveying streams.          

APSEA Award Winners

Almost all Regions have announced the 2018 winners of the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards, with Victoria to announce their in early December.

The APSEA website has profiled some stories of some 2018 regional award winners.

For a full list of regional award winners, see below:

New Zealand award winners

New South Wales and ACT award winners.

Tasmania award winners

South Australian spatial excellence award winners

Western Australian spatial excellence award winners

Queensland award winners

Victoria – to be announced early December


Events Coming Up 


SSSI SICC related events over the next few weeks:






3D Victoria Half-Day Conference



2018 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards VIC



Curtin Spatial Sciences Colloquium December 2018



SSSI Qld: Young Professionals Mentoring Graduation & Christmas Party



SSSI VIC Members End-of-year Event



Embracing Diversity For Improved Productivity, Workplace Health, Well being ........... Not Quotas



Annual Industry Christmas BBQ Breakfast


Other Association Events:

ICC 2019 Tokyo  - Tokyo, Japan, from 15 to 20 July 2019

SSSI is an Affiliate Member of the International Cartographic Association

 ICC Important Dates:

  • Call for papers is available on the ICC 2019 conference website 5 December or 19 December 2018.

  • Call for exhibits for the International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE)  -  National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Tokyo Closes 6 March 2019

  • Call for entries for the Barbara Bartz Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition Closes 1 May 2019 (
    ICA Commission for Cartography & Children and (

  • Call for applications for ICA Scholarships to foster academic research in Cartography and GIScience - Closes 1 February 2019. Workshops at ICC 2019 is 1 June 2019

  • Call for nominations for the General Assembly  principal delegate and a deputy delegate before 31 May 2019.

  • Call for proposals to the General Assembly by 15 February 2019.

  • Call for nominations for ICA Awards - Closes 31 January 2019.

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