SSSI Young Professionals News – July 19

June 30, 2019 | Young Professionals
Welcome to the July 2019 edition of SSSI Young Professionals GeoMessage

And the countdown is on for 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 tailored for Young Professionals on Thursday 15 August! Have you booked your tickets?

One of the highlights of June was our Career Development Webinar on BIM. We were overwhelmed by the interest in this topic, and look forward to delivering more webinars for you on this theme and in other technical areas about thinking and developments on the forefront and how this will impact your businesses and careers. 

July brings the official launch of the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019, and the launch events are kicking off around Australia. Keep reading for more updates!

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 July Webinar: BIM
Professor Sisi Zlatanova, UNSW

 Keep an eye on your inbox for an email about our second instalment in the BIM webinar series, to be held in mid-late July, this time with Professor Sisi Zlatanova from the University of New South Wales, looking at how BIM intersects with and impacts on the built environment, urban planning and related fields.


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 amongst 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: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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, 11:59 PM ACST.

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

SSSI Qld Webinar: Becoming a registered Qld surveyor
1.5 CPD Points, Thursday 25 Jul 2019 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EAST

Join us for our first webinar of the year, Becoming a Registered Qld Surveyor, presented by Stephen Stegall, training advocate from the Surveyors Board of Queensland. The presentation will be aimed mainly at surveying graduates in the process of undertaking or about to start undertaking assessment for surveyor registration.

The presentation will include elements of the registration process, types of assessment available, the topics required to be covered and writing CERS for assessment. The participants can expect to enhance their understanding of the expectations of the assessors and the interpretation of the Surveyor Framework. The focus of the presentation will be on writing CERs for assessment.

The webinar will be recorded. If you are unable to view the webinar at the specified time, please still register and you will receive a recording of the webinar within 48 hours of the webinar date.

Register now at!

SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program launch events kick off around Australia!

The launch events across Australia for the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019 have started – Queensland was on Friday 21 June, with other regions coming up very soon. 

The Qld Launch event was a great night, with some great stories and reflections about career journeys and what they wish they knew when they began from some of our industry leaders, Alistair Byrom, Angus Scown and Peter Kinne, as well as some wise words from QLD Chair Paul Reed and Young Professionals Qld Representative Michael Topp. 


Member Highlights
SSSI National Young Professionals Committee Spotlight – Michael Topp

“It’s incredibly valuable to build a network of people in the industry that I otherwise wouldn’t get to meet.”

This month, we’d like to highlight one of our Queensland Young Professionals Committee members, Michael Topp. Michael has been representing Queensland on the National YP Committee and the Queensland Regional Committee. He has completed a Bachelor of Spatial Science at the University of Southern Queensland and is currently a Registered Surveyor at Veris Australia, where he works on a variety of projects in South East Queensland. Michael is undertaking the process to obtain his Cadastral Endorsement at the moment, and he takes a particular interest in Cadastral Surveying and 3D Spatial applications and the link between the two. He is passionate about the education and promotion of the spatial industry and volunteers his time with SSSI YP’s to further this pursuit.

Important News

If you’re looking to start understanding what leadership is, no matter what stage of your career you are at, why not check out these great reads that stand out from the rest as recommended by James Hunt, MBA Program Convenor at UoN – The Inspired Leader by Andy Bird, True North by Bill George, and The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma. 

Are you thinking about creating a startup or a side business? Start this great value 5-week course run by the University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network now –and register for only $22 before mid July! Check our some of their other online courses here

Interested to understand the power of inspiration and influence more deeply? Have a look at this article on LinkedIn and this TED video.

Check out this article on 27 Women Leading the Charge to Protect Our Environment for a bit of inspiration! 

Want a fresh perspective on what makes a good map? Read over this article now, or check out Barbara Tversky’s book Mind In Motion: How Actions Shape Thought.

Have you thought about what you can do to manage up and positively influence your organisation’s culture, no matter what stage of your career you are at? Have a look at this article

Warm regards,

Roshni Sharma
Chair, Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
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