SSSI SICC News - November 2018

October 31, 2018

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


NATIONAL Chair Report

National SICC Chair -  Kerry Smyth GISP-AP

Final assessment season is a stressful time for many students juggling study work and other lie responsibilities.  Best wishes to our members striving for qualifications and advancement during the end of year challenges.  Maybe consider further leverage by applying for GISP-AP Certification in the new year.

The SICC leadership has engaged with the CEO to contribute to the new Strategic Road map and first year projects. We are pumping up the profile for advocacy, certification and professional development opportunities.  The upcoming FOSS4G and SotM Oceania is a great example of our outreach for collaboration events.

Congratulations to SICC members that have been recognised in the recent round of regional awards.

Welcome to new national commission member David Kelly (Victoria) who is taking over from Andrew Bashfield. There are still opportunities for other representation on this committee.

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



summary of committee meeting 

Brendan Henry, the chair of the GISP-AP assessment panel attended the October meeting so we could discuss the GISP-AP program in detail. The SICC Commission is to review the certification process, so our liaison with the assessment panel will continue to strengthen.

Many issues were raised such as :

  • A drive to renew lapsed certified professionals

  • Review of the requirements for renewal

  • Access to past documents

  • Access to past events for CPD recording

  • Maintenance of contact details

  • How to promote certification to employers and professionals

  • Maintaining and organising the Body of Knowledge for easy access

  • International recognition of GISP-AP (no longer aligned with US model)

Currently there are 4 certification applications being assessed and one renewal.

SSSI Strategic Projects

As part of the SSSI’s national strategy to strengthen the organisation to set it up for the future, the SICC Commission has been directed to consult and provide a response to some strategic actions around analysis and observations of it’s membership profile and certification, as well as ideas on advocacy.  These items were discussed and will be documented for SSSI.



member Highlights

SICC welcomes the following new members have joined the SICC during September and October.

Welcome to the following members:

  1. David Floreani - SA - MEMBER

  2. Chad Ajamian - NSW - MEMBER

  3. Geoffrey Lawes - Qld - MEMBER

  4. Peter Schmidt - NSW - MEMBER

  5. Mr Joao - NSW - MEMBER

  6. Kaila Jane Tonge - NSW - MEMBER

  7. Zachary Conn - Victoria - Student

  8. Jade Thatphithakkul - Victoria - Student

  9. Victoria Graham - NSW - Student

  10. Chinedu Mbelu - ACT - Student

  11. Marcio DaSilva - NSW - Student

  12. Anne Murray - NSW - Student

  13. Ajay Arcot - NSW - MEMBER

  14. Fletcher Heywood - NSW - MEMBER

  15. Melissa Mostyn - NSW - MEMBER

  16. Neil Perol - NSW - MEMBER

  17. Lijun Zhu - NSW - MEMBER

  18. Caitlin Evans - SA - MEMBER

  19. Bishal Basel - Qld - Student

  20. Kellie Grady - NSW - MEMBER

  21. Mark Oxenham - NSW - Student

  22. Edward Taylor - Overseas - Student


Linda Morgan and Kerry Smyth from the Spatial Information and Cartography Commission were elected as SSSI Fellows for conspicuous Service to the Profession.  The citations were read and presented at the WA Awards Dinner on 19th October 2018 by SSSI President Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed Ghouse.  Surveyor Ray Watson from the LSC was also elevated to Fellow.


EVENT Highlights

October saw a large number of State geospatial conferences along with some the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.

These are the most significant SSSI events outside of the Locate conference, showcasing not only the latest industry technology but meeting also points for interstate members and officials.

  • SSSI Queensland Central Group Conference

  • WA Location Intelligence Forum & Exhibition (& awards dinner)

  • SA Spatial Information Day (& awards dinner)

  • Victoria Surveying and Spatial Summit 2018

  • Tasmanian Surveying and Spatial Conference 2018

The SSSI National AGM also took place in Tasmania. Consult the SSSI News for a report on that.

South Australian spatial excellence award winners - click here

Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards Winners - click here


Events Coming Up 


SSSI events over the next few weeks:

QLD 2018 Northern Group Conference – 8th November

SA SSSI and WGSPN present Step Up! – Presentation skills workshop – 8th Nov

NSW SSSI Fire Mapping Workshop – 14th Nov

NSW SSSI Conference 2018 – 14-16th November

WA Industry Golf Day – 28th November

(National) Building your Strengths – Professional Development Series Webinar SSSIYP06 – 28th November

ACT – Twilight Seminar – 28th November

(National) Embracing diversity for improved productivity, workplace health, wellbeing…not quotas – 13th December

Other Association Events :

FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 in Melbourne, 20-23 November 2018 
For the first time, the FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap communities of Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania are gathering for 4 incredible days of exploring open source geospatial tech & open data.

Registrations for this conference have surpassed expectations showing a high level of interest in Open Source geospatial technology.

SSSI is partnering with the organising committee and at least 3 SSSI members are also giving presentations or workshops.

This event is made up of a full day of (90) workshops, a 2 day conference, a free Community Day, and social events.

The Community day is free entry and will entail contribution-sprints from open geospatial people working on pre-organised projects.

The International Cartographic Association (ICC) is calling for abstracts for ICC2019 in July in Tokyo. An interesting array of topics will be covered. Click here for more information.



Consulation of Members

The SSSI Strategic Roadmap 2018-21 and the Strategic Projects Plan 2018-19 contain a significant number of change projects beginning with a variety of consultations. Late this year, SSSI members will be surveyed for their input into the SSSI’s strategy. It’s very important for members to convey their expectations and needs for the institute to provide a service that everyone wants.

Vacancies on the National SICC Committee:

The SICC National committee has vacancies for representatives in all States, so if you are keen to be interested in making a difference to the SI&C Commission at a national level, then this is your opportunity.

You don’t have to be on a regional committee to join this one.

Details about the SI&C Commission objectives and who to contact is here.

All communications to


Back to News List