SSSI SICC News - March 2018

February 28, 2018

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


NATIONAL Chair Report

National SICC Chair -  Kerry Smyth GISP-AP

Getsmart Asia-Locate18 Conference is the next big event on the professional calendar.  The Spatial Information and Cartography Commission has a special focus on the URISA exchange program as we are playing host to Tripp Corbin the Past URISA President, notable author of GIS Books and Training Programs.

Tripp will be delivering a pre-conference workshop Deploying Mobile GIS Solutions and presenting at the conference in the Smart City stream.

On other front SICC is working towards an update of the GISP-AP certification process and seeks you input.  This will involve a critical review of the “Body of Knowledge” reference material currently more than 10 years old.

Please contact with any comments or feedback.


summary of committee meeting 

February Committee meeting

Certification Process:
A panellist from the GIS-AP application assessment panel joined the meeting to share with us how the application process currently operates. It is currently a 3 month turn around to process an application. Discussion followed around ways to change the method of assessment.

SICC representatives will review the certification method and recommend possible changes. All acknowledged the need for industry to recognise and promote GIS-AP certification.

Proposal of a national SICC publication/magazine:
Discussion at the meeting raised the need for a national publication that could be distributed at events for prospective SSSI members in an effort to address the declining membership.  An initial draft will be prepared for consideration.

This publication could be released 1 to 2 times a year and include:

  • Description of SSSI and SICC and how to join
  • Summarises event programs for the year (across the nation)
  • Summarises recent major event highlights
  • Lists recent GIS-AP certified people and other award recipients
  • Other related news

This publication would capture an audience that would otherwise not read the SSSI’s web site.  The format being modelled on the Insight magazine published by SSSI (WA region)

Workshops offered by URISA Exchange:
Tripp Corbin who is the currently visiting URISA exchange representative will be offering at least 2 Master Classes. The first class titled Deploying Mobile GIS Solutions will be held on Monday 9th April at the Geosmart Asia Locate 18 conference. Check the conference web site for workshop details.

A second workshop will be offered in another State. Details of this will be available soon.

Elevation and Depth 2030 Strategy:
The Elevation and Depth 2030 Strategy was discussed and one of the SIC Committee members has volunteered to provide some feedback to the consultation.

Upcoming SI & C National Committee meeting:
15th March 2018


Event Highlights


On the 14th February 2018, the Spatial Information and Cartography Commission held the Twilight Seminar at RMIT attended by around 60 people. Hosted by Andrew Bashfield and supported by Lindsay Perry, Chair of The Land Surveying Commission. In Victoria, while we have our own commissions we do not try to silo SSSI as commission only, instead promoting them to all members and non-members.

The speakers were in Melbourne for a Cadastral Subcommittee meeting of ICMS and they kindly agreed to the request from SSSI to present on three national topics related to the modernisation of Australia's survey & Mapping foundation:

The key speakers were:

•             Craig Sandy, Surveyor-General of Victoria speaking about the implementation of GDA2020.

•             Dr Russell Priebbenow, Director of Survey, Queensland talking about the Cadastre 2034 initiative, its implementation and also issues around 3d cadastre.

•             Michael Giudici, Surveyor-General Tasmania presenting on the Elevation and Depth 2030 Strategy and asking for input from attendees and the private sector.

•             GDA2020

•             Cadastre 2034

•             Elevation and Depth 2030

Lindsay Perry rounded the evening off with a presentation on the SSSI involvement in FIG.

The attendees were split 50/50 between surveyors and spatial professionals plus around 12 current students. The networking session after the presentations was very successful.

The PowerPoint presentations will shortly be available on the SIC Commission page of the SSSI website.

Andrew Bashfield


Geospatial technology in Local Government:

Back to being an annual event after a few years break, this seminar was designed for Geospatial professionals in local government and ended up attracting a large audience of 70 people, including non-council delegates.  

That’s big for Adelaide!

A summary of presentations :

Gary McGuire, Dept, of Premier & Cabinet provided a very informative overview of the status of Geospatial initiatives and projects in the SA  Government.

Georgie Cassar from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield described the online reporting tool “ABR Explorer” which enables query of the nationwide database of registered businesses, demonstrating the power of mapping this valuable data.

Alysha Thomas, Dept, of Premier & Cabinet described the current status of the SA Government’s Open Data program and offered advice on how Councils can open their data sets.

Sara Pulford (SES), Nick Severin (DWNR) presented on the different ways their agencies apply geospatial technology for the various stages of Emergency Management (prevention, preparedness, response and recovery)

Michael Pavlovich from the City of Salisbury talked about their Council’s journey with the acquisition and use of a drone, including all considerations to take on board if thinking of doing this.

Jane Cremers from the City of Onkaparinga demonstrated some excellent examples of providing interactive online maps for sharing with and consulting the community.

Ellie Zoghi of Aerometrex described the recent projects they have been working on in the 3D modelling space.

Gordon Summerling from ESRI Australia finished the morning showing various applications that linked well to many of the earlier topics.

Georgie Cassar



Member Highlights

Welcome to New & Returning Members

  • Mr Dorji Tashi (SA)

  • Mr Andrew Frost (SA)

  • Dr Kaveh Deilami (Qld)

  • Mr Oluwadamilare Ajayi (SA)

  • Mr Wade Iden Pavey (Qld)

  • Mr Wayne Quennelle (NSW)

  • Mr Luke Twigg (SA)

  • Mr Alexander Shanahan (Qld)

  • Mr Mark Frederick Asendorf (NT)


SSSI and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield congratulates Mr Chris Mathews on his long career (over 40 years) in the Surveying and Spatial Sciences industry and long time membership of  SSSI and originally AURISA.


Events Coming Up 


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

The biggest event of the year is just a month away :

Geosmart Asia Locate 18 Conference  9-11 March, Adelaide

Thursday 15th March 2018 UWA, Perth

GOING PLACES 14 -CPD Seminar Series for Spatial Professionals

The theme of the 2018 autumn seminar is Finding Water - Pathways to Water Information.  The ways and means you should know about accessing WATER information.

Program Presenters:

  • Lachlan Shaw - Student

                Santo Antonio de Tanna Shipwreck Reconstruction

  • Venkat Coimbatore – Water Corporation

                Dangerous Work Inspection with Drones

  • Oliver Looker - NGIS

Inland Water Data Planet Satellite Collection

  • Ralph Talbot-Smith

Coastal Bathymetry and other Water Based Dataset Availability

  • Bryan Boruff - UWA

Changing Water System Vulnerability in WA’s Wheatbelt Region

  • Kerry Smyth - SSSI

SSSI Professional Certification Update

  • Peter Fearns
    A career in Environmental Remote Sensing /Satellite Image Derived Bathymetry


Monday 9th April 2018 Locate18, Adelaide


Deploying Mobile GIS Solutions
Instructor: Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, MCP, CTT+, URISA Past President, eGIS Solutions, Dacula, Georgia, United States

One way to meet demands for providing superior service levels and operational efficiencies under tightening budget constraints is to leverage new technology that places GIS data in the hands of field crews. This allows for improved management and better maintenance of work processes to properly appraise infrastructure assets and to meet service request response times. This workshop is designed to provide local government managers with practical guidelines for building an effective mobile GIS program across multiple departments.

Specific topics include:

·         Practical guidelines for building a mobile GIS

·         Business drivers for moving GIS technology and data into the field

·         Alternative strategies for implementing GIS-based field solutions

·         Overcoming obstacles to automating field processes

·         Steps in the mobility implementation process

Learning Objectives:

·         Attendees will come away from this workshop with a working knowledge of the benefits and resources needed to deploy different mobile solutions within their organization

·         Gain better understanding of supporting technologies including mobile platforms, communications and GPS

·         Be introduced to different methods for deploying mobile solutions

·         Be introduced to different supporting architectures for supporting mobile deployments 

·         Understand the guidelines needed to build a mobile GIS

·         Understand the obstacles of implementing a mobile solution and practical ways to overcome these.

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.


Important News 

Elevation and Depth 2030 Strategy

Time is almost up for contributing feedback on the Elevation and Depth 2030 Strategy consultation draft.  The consultation stage finishes at the end of March.


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