SSSI Young Professionals News – August 19

July 31, 2019 | Young Professionals
Chair Report – Roshni Sharma

We are DAYS away from the Young Professionals Day at the South East Asia Survey Congress 2019 (SEASC2019, 15-18 August, Darwin Convention Centre), where there is a full day of jam-packed high-value content specifically aimed at young professionals on Thursday 15 August! Have you booked your tickets?  

The SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program has also kicked off to an amazing start – find more about our regional launch events below!

We have an incredible 4-part FREE webinar series coming up on GDA2020, held in conjuction with ICSM. Find out more below.

Looking for eCPD?

We have updated the SSSI eCPD section to contain our past career development webinars – have a look today!

The committee is always open to submissions from the community on things that we could do better, feedback on past events, ideas for new events, or anything that might make the YPs better than ever. Please send an email to

Upcoming Events
SSSI Young Professionals Career Development 4-part Series: GDA2020  

Presented by Nicholas Brown (Geoscience Australia) and ICSM

The SSSI Young Professionals are pleased to announce they have partnered with ICSM to present a four-part lunchtime webinar series on upgrades to the Australian Geospatial Reference System (AGRS): the collection of datums, reference frames, models, infrastructure and standards needed for accurate 4D positioning.

Part 1: Wednesday 21 August - Upgrading the Australian Geospatial Reference System 
Part 2: Monday 9 September - Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020
Part 3: Monday 21 October - Australian Terrestrial Reference Frame
Part 4: Thursday 28 November - Height: Ellipsoid, geoid, Australian Height Datum and Australian Vertical Working Surface

Click here for more information and to register – free of charge for all!


Thursday 29 Aug 2019 – Friday 30 Aug 2019 | Kooyong Tennis Club
More information and registration

The annual SSSI Victoria Surveying and Spatial Summit is being held on Friday 30 August at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - Victoria will be held on Thursday 29 August at the same venue. We are very pleased to announce that the Women in Spatial Networking Breakfast is on the same morning. All are very welcome.

  • APSEA Victoria Dinner Thursday 29 August 2019 from 6pm
  • Women in Spatial Breakfast Seminar Friday 30 August 2019, 8am - 9:30am
  • Summit Friday 30 August 2019 starts with networking and viewing the trade exhibition, morning tea, followed by the plenary and stream sessions.

The spatial professions are in an unprecedented time of digital transformation, where organisations are being bombarded with new technologies and innovation. How to make sense of these and work out what provides real value? These will be the topics discussed at the Summit.

South Australia YP Pub Night

Tuesday 13 Aug 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | 1 CPD Point

Save the date and join the SSSI SA Young Professionals for the next in their series of highly successful YP Pub Nights! SSSI members and non-members are welcome to socialise, network and receive insight from leading industry professionals.

We are delighted to welcome Nic Aslanidis from ESO Surveyors as our guest presenter for this event to talk about cadastral surveying, engineering/construction surveying, and the transition between the two disciplines.

Registrations are essential for catering purposes.

Georabble in Darwin!

Friday 16 August

GeoRabble Darwin is the inaugural Georabble in the Northern Territory and will be following the themes of the South East Asian Survey Congress 2019 with ‘Collaboration, Communication, Capacity Building’, and will be held on Friday 16 August in the Precinct Beer Garden, Darwin. The event will attract a large crowd of spatial enthusiasts from both Australia and the International community, and everyone is welcome, so come along and be a part of the next gen's spatial movement!

Jam-packed Young Professionals Day program for SEASC2019 in Darwin (15 August) released!

SEASC 2019 will be hosting Young Professionals Day on Thursday 15 August 2019 – a jam-packed day specifically designed for the future leaders of the surveying and geospatial industry. The Opening Plenaries will focus on setting the scene for personal growth, followed by a series of Discovery Workshops themed on discovering the skills needed to manage innovation, unpacking the challenges that young professionals face and flipping these into opportunities, and diving deep into how next generation capability and skills can unite to strengthen the future of the industry globally. Interspaced among these we will have YP Live! Sharp lightning talks from across the globe, a career-development workshop on Delivering the Capability Boost You’ve Always Wanted by Amy Hetherington, and RPAS and drone field demonstrations. To wrap the day up we will have a Closing Plenary by the superstar of STEM, Narelle Underwood, on Professional Development: Invest In Yourself and Get Others to Invest In You, and finally a panel discussion on The Way Forward with Chairs of ASEAN YPs and SSSI YPs. The day will conclude with GeoRabble and an Icebreaker open to all SEASC 2019 delegates at the Darwin Convention Centre, offering the chance for global networking opportunities for attendees. 

Date: Thursday 15 August 2019 
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Darwin Convention Centre
Find out more and register now at

Last chance – Submit your entry now for the Career Pathways Competition!

Information about career pathways in our industry can be clear as mud at the best of times, and for many young people thinking about their future, as well as many of us who are already working in the industry, it’s not always apparent what options are available to us. To add to this, our industry is diverse in the depth and breadth of experiences and backgrounds that each one of us has – but this is not immediately apparent and can take quite a lot of digging beneath the surface to uncover. 

To make inroads to changing this, we are extremely excited to announce the SEASC2019 Career Pathways Competition! We encourage you to apply, especially if you are a young-at-heart professional who would like to inspire students and young professionals to enter, stay in and improve our industry.

How did you end up in the spatial/surveying industry? To highlight the depth and breadth of people in our industry, we would love to hear about your personal journey to where you are right now. What steps have you taken to get here? What have been your biggest inspirations and motivators? What do you love about your job? From timelines of your studies and career to photos of your childhood and family, maps of your travels, and experiences in the context of entering the spatial profession, we’re interested in hearing what your journey is, no matter where you are.

How hard would it be for you to record a 3-minute video sharing your story? Or to create a digital poster or story map sharing where you’ve come from and where you hope to go?  

Entries close on Friday 9 August 2019, 11:59pm ACST.

To stay up to date with SEASC2019, subscribe to the newsletter at To register, head to

Looking to learn about Urban Data – Introduction to 3D modelling and visualisation?

Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 August | University of New South Wales | Register now 

It has been said that a picture (or a map) is worth a thousand words. Visual statements can play a critical role in shaping opinions, supporting planning, and helping policy and decision-making in cities.

Contemporary cities have grown extraordinarily complex and can be described and analysed through an increasing variety of social, economic and environmental data in different dimensions.

3D innovative interactive and digital maps are changing city design and planning by providing more elaborate analysis and simulations, and convincing impressions. Therefore, building capacity on what kind of data structures, system architectures and software tools are needed is an asset for anybody working in the field of urban planning and management.

By the end of this short course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate both theoretical and practical grounding to be competent and confident in understanding, analysing, modelling and visualising urban data
  • develop skills and applications in relevant 3D computer technologies and a critical appreciation of technology transfer in practice in the changing global context.
  • demonstrate ability to interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences with a focus on technology
  • critically assess the process and role 3D modelling for urban data visualisation
  • demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of 3d modelling and visualisation applications and their capabilities.

Event Highlights
Mentoring Program Events

The launch events across Australia for the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019 have started!

In NSW/ACT, an excited crowd gathered at UNSW, and the evening started out with a short overview of the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019 from Roshni Sharma, Chair of National Young Professionals with SSSI, exploring the value of mentoring to help students, graduates and young professionals to realise the important role they play in the industry and their professional potential, and the value for the mentor in realising that they have much to impart from their experiences as well as the many new things they can learn about technology and the state of the industry from their mentee.

We then heard a heartfelt story from Raelene Forbes from the SSSI NSW Regional Committee about her journey through career changes, the fear that the idea of networking once held for her, and her reflections on the incredible power of being aware of what you are afraid of and choosing to be courageous in the face of fear. Charity Mundava, one of the mentors in the 2018 program, then shared some of her experiences of being a mentor and about career development, telling us about her journey studying and working around the world, and sharing how some of the serendipitous moments where her network has created opportunities for her and added value in unexpected ways, such as helping her with getting onto Team Homeward Bound 4. Another mentor from the 2018 program, Ross Johnson, then spoke about his experience being a mentor and realising the value of the two-way mentor-mentee relationship, with the fulfillment that came with helping his mentee and the joy that came when she found a job, as well as the value of their conversations in helping him reflect upon his career goals and progress and then being prompted to refine them, challenging himself to go further and think bigger.

It was great to hear some insightful reflections about how industry and academia can collaborate together to innovate more effectively from Professor Sisi Zlatanova (spoken by Dr Craig Roberts), as well as hearing some important points from Dr Craig Roberts on the R&D offsets that are available for businesses. Craig also spoke about the challenges faced with industry and academia 'speaking the same language', and with Sisi was able to put this into a global context. Associate Professor Shawn Laffan also spoke about the opportunities available for companies to advance developments with benefits to their business through PhD students, as well as highlighting the degree to which the spatial industry is embedded in and underpins many other industries. Associate Professor Samsung Lim wrapped things up nicely, sharing his journey from working with AI in South Korea before ending up teaching and researching in geospatial technologies at UNSW, showing that career pathways can often be non-linear in all pathways, be they industry, academia, government or otherwise.

In Victoria on Tuesday 9 July, the SSSI YPs Victoria held a combined event to close-out the 2018–2019 Victorian Mentoring Program that ran from September 2018 to June 2019. The program had 26 participants who all gave positive feedback.

The VIC YPs also took the opportunity to launch the newly adopted SSSI National Mentoring Program 2019, that includes more than 200 participants from around Australia and abroad. The national program is now underway, and takes advantage of modern technology that allows people to connect wherever they may be. The National program is more intense, and runs over 8 fortnights from July to October. We are really excited to be a part of this program.

In South Australia, the mentoring program launch for SA was sponsored by Esri Australia. It included sponsored speeches from David Floreani (Esri Australia) and Matt Rumbelow (CR Kennedy) as well as in-depth insights into the program from previous program mentor Beau Thorley, and previous program mentee Harris Crettenden.

SSSI TAS UTAS Students Careers Night – "What I wish I had known when I started out"

Tasmanian students and SSSI mentors enjoyed an evening of pizza and careers advice at the University of Tasmania on Wednesday 31 July. The mentors spoke about their own career paths and encouraged us all to engage broadly across the profession, maintain our technical proficiency and to grow and maintain professional networks and personal brands. Students and Sssi members then enjoyed some pizza and one-one conversations and came away excited for the varied and interesting careers ahead of all of us who are working and studying in surveying and the spatial sciences. It was great to see both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as a few studying something completely different and just wanting to learn a bit about what it's like working in the real world.

We had three current mentors from the SSSI National Young Professionals Program – Inga Playle (Hydro Tasmania), Anne Kennedy (Neptune Geomatics) and Paul Digney (Jacobs) – join us to share their reflections on how they have come to be where they are now, what they wish they had known when they started out, and their words of wisdom for current students and recent graduates.

Member Highlights
SSSI National Young Professionals Committee Spotlight – Dan Reimers

This month we are highlighting our SSSI National Young Professional Chair Elect and Northern Territory’s Young Professional’s Committee member, Dan Reimers. Dan works as a surveyor for the Northern Territory’s Government Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. 

Dan completed a Bachelor of Spatial Science in 2011 and in 2018 completed the Honours Degree in Surveying. He is a WA Grade 2 Authorised Mine Surveyor and is now working on completing the cadastral projects to submit to the NT Surveyors Board to become a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. 

Dan regularly commits his time and efforts to the requirements of being on the National YP Committee and is working on trying to increase member numbers of SSSI YP’s within the Northern Territory. Dan is also involved in hosting a GeoRabble event to be held as part of the upcoming South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC2019) this August. Dan enjoys the NT lifestyle and goes fishing regularly, enjoys a cold beer, rides a Harley and spends all the time he can with family. Living the NT Dream!

Other News

Are you looking to get your geek on and show your friends and family your geospatial side when giving gifts? Why not buy an affordable and very aesthetically pleasing map or creative spatial product for your friends or loved ones for their next birthday? Check out these amazing designs at good value for money at the newly opened Dreadful Maps, run by two dreadlocked brothers in Wollongong!

Are you interested in putting your spatial and surveying skills and outside-the-box thinking to good use to benefit humanity? Check out this challenge and register today to contribute towards battling the problem of mosquitos!

Warm regards

Roshni Sharma
Chair, Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
T:  +61 2 4950 5322 | M: +61 (0)407 757 756
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