SSSI WA News - September 2018

August 31, 2018

Chairs Message

Much of our focus this month has been on the organisation of Western Australia’s ‘Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition 2018’. 

Our WA Conference has been re-born as the Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition, LIFE 2018, on 19 October. Registrations are open at and early-bird specials available for a limited time only.

We’re taking a fresh approach with local stories of business in the fourth industrial revolution. From the sharing economy and rise of blockchain driving new business models, to commercial applications of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet-of-Things. LIFE 2018 will explore the role of location intelligence in all aspects of the revolution.

Our guest speakers will share their stories on what location intelligence has brought to business, how it’s impacting our economy and transforming the way we live. You’ll also get to network and enjoy hands-on experience with the latest tech through the Exhibition.

 We have an exciting and diverse range of speakers lined up to share how they are applying location-based technologies to drive other new business models and transforming the way they do business with their customers.  

Local Shark Tank survivor Jeremy Hurst from SpaceToCo will share his story about linking people to the spaces they need to collaborate; and Siobhan Lancaster from Instatruck (local Innovators of the Year 2016) will tell her story about creating an on-demand service for trucking. This is the rise of the sharing economy in action.

From the new space race and precise positioning for defence and emergency response, to automated agriculture and mining - our local and international speakers and exhibitors will share how they are they are building Australia’s reputation across our region and around the world.

LIFE 2018 has a whole stream dedicated to land surveying, and when combined with the keynote and plenary speakers, makes for a full day of interesting topics and easy way to earn those CPD points. 

Strata Reform is finally here in Western Australia. LIFE 2018 offers the opportunity to be part of the conversation about the regulations that will put new strata law into practice.

This month Aaron Gibson (Chair Land Surveying Commission) continues to advocate on behalf of the Land Surveyor.  He has been presenting to local government Planning and Building officers to increase their understanding and awareness of how their development approvals can affect strata developments currently in existence, particularly those from before 1985. The issue has been raised by several of our Licensed Surveyors at our monthly interest group meetings. After an initial presentation in June, facilitated by WALGA, the Town of Victoria Park has requested that he present to their assembled planning and building officers in September. Planners and builders from other local government will be invited to attend.”

The Curtin Student Expedition 2018 was a success.  The 8 students returned back to Perth on the 28th of July after completing the required fieldwork on 13 projects ranging over many fields of surveying, including Engineering, Cadastral, and Hydrographical.  They are now processing and finalising their results and reports in order to complete submit their projects by November. A documentary of the trip is also underway and will be screened tentatively in November to the students, mentors and sponsors of the expedition.  They would like to thank all their sponsors SSSIWA, Cottage and Engineering Surveys, C.R. Kennedy, Curtin University, Land Surveys, Haefeli-Lysner, Landgate, HTD, RM Surveys, MNG, Land Surveying Licensing Board and WAIS.  The website is available at

Dr Lesley Arnold
SSSI WA, Regional Management Committee Chair

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