SSSI WA News - June 2018

May 31, 2018

Chairs Message

Things are hotting up in the month of June.  Our Spatial Information and Cartography Commission is holding a seminar on Fire – a range of speakers will discuss how geospatial information is help to manage and respond to fire-related incidents.

We have also been progressing with our upcoming conference.  The theme this year is Location Intelligence - Anything is Possible.  We are drawing together a great line up of speakers.  The date for the conference is now Friday, 19th October and it will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.  We had to move the date out as venues were scarce in September.  Also, having it in October means we can move some of the activities outside and enjoy the sunshine.

YP Travel Grant

The SSSIWA Travel Grant has now been awarded.  The response was great from our YP’s and all the applications were excellent.  We will look to award the Travel Grant again next year.

This year’s successful applicant is Nicholas Flett.  Nicholas will use the travel grant to attend the URISA GIS Leadership Academy in Salt Lake City, July 23-27.   The Academy is the only leadership program of its type and features speakers and facilitators from diverse GIS and IT departments across multiple companies and government. 

In his application Nicholas says “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most successful GIS managers in the world and I would be honoured to bring back these learnings to share them in Western Australia.” 

We wish Nicholas all the very best for his travels and look forward to hearing more about his rewarding experience.

SSSI WA - AIMS 2018 Engineering Mine Surveying Regional Forum

Last month we held the successful Engineering and Mine Surveying Regional Forum at the Wembley Golf Course.  This is becoming a much looked forward to event on our Calendar.  A Big thank you our Partner Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS) and sponsors C.R.Kennedy, Deswik, 3D Laser Mapping, MAPTEK, Position Partners and Haefeli-Lysnar for making this event so great.

2018 Curtin University Spatial Science Awards

Each year SSSI WA supports the Curtin University Spatial Science Awards.  Congratulations to the following students for being recognised for their academic excellence:

  • Dr Christopher Ndehedehe - Spatial Information & Cartography Commission  D B Johnston Award for Excellence in Doctoral/PhD studies in the spatial sciences area (value $500)  
  • Mr Matt Jilley - The John Forrest Prize  - donated by  Land Surveying Commission  (value $500) - awarded to the dux of the Bachelor of Surveying program:  
  • Mr Jeffrey Ball   - Spatial Information and Cartography Commission Prize, the N.S. Bartlett Memorial Award (value $500) awarded to the dux of the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science).
  • Ms Jhobie Verdejo - Engineering and Mine Surveying Commission prize (value $500, cheque) – awarded to the Dux of the Bachelor of Science (Mine and Engineering Surveying program) 
  • Ms Sin Lam Lei  -  Spatial Information and Cartography Commission Award for Excellence (value $250) – awarded to the best first year student in the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science).
  • Mr Harvey Chen – Spatial Information and Cartography Commission Prize, C W A Lewis Memorial Award (value $250) - awarded to the best second-year student in the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science).
  • Mr Patrick Blake -  The Tony Pivac Prize - donated by the Engineering and Mine Surveying Commission (value $250) to the best student in the subjects of engineering surveying and mine surveying.
  • Mr Thomas Schroeter-   The John Cavill Memorial Prize - donated by the Land Surveying Commission (value $250) awarded to the overall best student in the area of applied field surveying.  

Once again, congratulations to all.

Dr Lesley Arnold
SSSI WA, Regional Management Committee Chair

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