SSSI TAS News - October 2019

September 30, 2019

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


Chair report

TAS Regional Chair -  Paul Digney


September was another busy Month for the Tasmania region with the Tasmanian Survey & Spatial Conference (TSSC 2019) held in Hobart on September 20 at the C3 Conference Centre. The event again attracted over 120 delegates from all over the state and a number of interstate guests as well.

The day started early with a Women in Spatial (WIS) coordinated breakfast seminar, with a keynote speech by Lauren Jauncey, Founder and Director of  Frankly Diversity. Lauren presented on the importance of diversity and inclusion to business success, challenging the audience with a number of engaging questions and interactive discussion.

The conference itself was another outstanding success with a theme of Business Improvement in the Digital Age Survive or Thrive which was selected to focus on the challenges, opportunities, risks and threats that Tasmanian surveying and geospatial businesses will need to understand and navigate in the digital age if they are to not only survive but succeed. Delegates were treated to a range of topical presentations including the emergence of the Australian space sector, Planning and Infrastructure, BIM and Digital Earth and Pumped Hydro and Battery of the Nation. Included also were presentations reflecting on the past as it relates to the future and lessons learnt from business and surveying. Finally, the program was book-ended by an engaging forum with representatives of leading Tasmania Surveying and Spatial businesses sharing their thoughts and observations on the risks opportunities and threats facing business for Tasmania with strong engagement by the broader audience.


The event was capped off with the conference dinner and Tasmanian Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards. Congratulations to our Industry and Individual Award winners: 

  • Award for Spatial Excellence - Esk Mapping & GIS for their Port Arthur Historic Site Interactive Webmap

  • Award for Technical Excellence - Hydro Tasmania for Bass Strait Islands - Technical Excellence in Managing Distribution Assets and Meter Reading. 

  • SSSI Professional of the Year Award - Scott Strong

  • SSSI Young Professional of the Year Award - Grace Uziallo

  • SSSI Undergraduate Student Award - Shirisa Timilsina


(L-R) Justin Legg, Veris with Tim Bates, Esk Mapping & GIS (Award for Spatial Excellence). Justin Legg, Veris with Inga Playle, Hydro Tasmania (Award for Technical Excellence)


(L-R) Paul Digney, Chair, SSSI Tasmania and Scott Strong (SSSI Professional of the Year Award), and Michael Giudici, Surveyor General Tasmania and Grace Uziallo (SSSI Young Professional of the Year Award). 


Inga Playle, Committtee Member, SSSI Tasmania and Shirisa Timilsina (SSSI Undergraduate Student Award)


Paul Digney                  
Chair, SSSI Tasmania


Events Coming Up 


New members


We are very pleased to welcome Saroj Sharma as a SSSI Tasmania member in September.

  • Saroj Sharma - Member - SICC

We look forward to meeting you at the region's professional development and networking events. 

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