SSSI TAS News - May 2019

April 30, 2019

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Tasmania as of May 2019.


Chair report

TAS Regional Chair -  Paul Digney


Hi all. Well, our year has finally started to get moving with plenty of activities underway and some fantastic events planned.

To begin with though I firstly would like to congratulate Dr Jonathan OSborn from the University of Tasmania who was the worthy recipient recipient of the national APSEA Educational Development Award. Jon received his award at the Locate19 Gala dinner in Melbourne. Jon was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the spatial education and research sector over 30 years. The judges were drawn to Jon’s unwavering dedication to delivering an outstanding suite of university degree programs that prepare people for careers in the surveying and spatial sciences profession with his conscientious, deliberate, and well-grounded approach to teaching.
I would also like to congratulate the organising committee and the Board of Locate for another outstanding national surveying and spatial sciences conference - Locate19. I was fortunate to attend this year's conference along with a number of other Tasmania members. The event held in Melbourne was again showcase for the industry with well over 1000 delegates attending, and with more than 200 new attendees - a recognition of its growing brand and value.

As mentioned, we have a great list of events planned for this year. Our first event was the State of GIS Seminar which was held at the RACV Hotel in Hobart on Wednesday May 15th. Another great lineup of speakers with a full house attendance. A special shout out to Inga Payle, Alex Leith and Lara Rector for their assistance with the seminar, without their support this event would not have occurred.
We are also co hosting a Cadastral Practice Issues Seminar with UTAS and the Office of Surveyor General on the 31st May at the University of Tasmania. This half-day event which is highlighted by a presentation from the National Chair of the SSSI Young Professionals, Roshni Sharma, also provides Tasmania cadastral surveyors with an update on the Land Titles Office as well as the  Victorian Eplan/DCDB upgrade program. A BBQ hosted by the students at UTAS will follow the seminar with an opportunity for members to meet and greet.
Our annual Tasmanian State Surveying and Spatial Conference (TSSC) is planned for the 20th September in Hobart. The program and theme are still being developed and we hope to have more details out to members shortly.
Finally, as always, a call for you to get involved. The SSSI Tasmania Committee is a great group of people, and we have excellent sustaining partners support. We can always use more volunteers, though, especially from non-Hobart and non-male members! Get in touch if you’d like to help out, either in organising events, or simply being a voice of reason in the committee meetings.

I look forward to seeing you all at events throughout the year.

Paul Digney                  
Chair, SSSI Tasmania


Events Coming Up 





The State of GIS Seminar for 2019 was held in Hobart on the 15th of May and attracted nearly 150 people, which is a new record!

We heard from a variety of presenters in the usual format of short, sharp presentations. From the work helping fire fighters using augmented reality, to enabling access to vast quantities of earth observation data, there were presentations for people of all spatial persuasions.

I'd like to acknowledge the team work of the event organisers and especially thank the presenters, the sponsors and SSSI's regional committee for making the event possible. It's always a great opportunity to connect with other spatial professionals working across Tasmania to help our community through the application of our skills and knowledge. I'm looking forward to next year already!

- Alex Leith


New members

We are very pleased to welcome Briallen Frisken and Kristy Petroff as a SSSI members in April.
  • Briallen Frisken - Member - LSC
  • Kristy Petroff - Student Member - RSPC


Nominations are now open for the 2019 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - Tasmania. Below are the Award Categories:

Celebrating our achievements is an important step in growing our industry and in promoting it as an innovative and exciting prospect for investment, study and employment. The winners of APSEA Tasmania 2019 awards are automatically nominated for the National APSEA Awards in 2020. 

Nominations of Individual Awards in Tasmania close Monday 12 August 2019.

Submit an award nomination today.


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