SSSI Young Professionals News – November 19

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

It seems to have been a very busy month for everyone, everywhere! Somehow, we’ve ended up at the tail end of the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program 2019 and are now preparing for Graduation ceremonies all around the country over the coming month or so. How absolutely exciting! We’re thrilled at the feedback that the program has been receiving from participants, and are particularly feeling rewarded that our volunteer time has been making such a big difference to people’s career journeys and directions.

Please join us at our graduation events (see below) to celebrate the hard work, dedication and well-earned achievements of the 2019 Cohort of the SSSI National Young Professionals Mentoring Program. Our mentors and mentees of all ages and career stages have traversed through 4 months of reflection, goal-setting and broadening their horizons, and at this event will be receiving their graduation certificates and sharing a little bit about their journeys and where they want to go from here.

It would be an honour to have you with us to celebrate, to share in hearing their stories, and to show your support for mentoring and exchange of knowledge and experience in our industry.

Thanks again to C.R. Kennedy for their support of the 2019 Program.

We've also been amidst regional conference season! It’s inspiring to hear about so many innovative talks, to see updates about new ideas and technological advances all over LinkedIn, and to be having stimulating conversations with colleagues and friends.

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
Webinar Series: Upgrades to the AGRS

Presented by Nicholas Brown (Geoscience Australia) and ICSM

The SSSI Young Professionals & ICSM are continuing our 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.

The final part is taking place on Thursday 28 NovemberHeight: Ellipsoid, geoid, Australian Height Datum and Australian Vertical Working Surface. This session will provide an introduction to height transfer, ellipsoids, geoid, the Australian Height Datum (AHD) and the development of AUSGeoid2020. Furthermore, we will introduce a new reference surface for heights in Australia; the Australian Vertical Working Surface (AVWS). We will describe how and when AVWS can be used and the benefits compared to AHD. 

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

Parts 1, 2 and 3 were a great success!  If you missed them, head to our E-CPD page to register to view the recordings.

Young Professionals Mentoring Program - VIC Graduation Event

Thursday 7 Nov 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Register now

Young Professionals Mentoring Program - NSW/ACT Graduation Event

Friday 8 Nov 2019 | 5:00 - 9:00pm | Register now

Young Professionals Mentoring Program - SA Graduation Event

Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Register now

Northern Group Conference

Thursday 21 - Friday 22 November 2019 | Cairns | Register Now

Join the SSSI Qld Northern Group for their annual conference at Novotel Oasis Cairns - an opportunity to network, discuss local issues and hear important updates and projects from key organisations. 

SSSI WA Sundowner + WA YP Mentoring Program Graduation

Tuesday 3 December 2019 | 4:00 - 7:00pm | Register now

Another year has flown by! Please join SSSI WA as we review all that has been achieved in 2019.  After formalities, there will be a barefoot bowls competition and BBQ Sundowner. Your registration includes entry to the lawn bowls competition, drinks + BBQ! An action packed afternoon is planned - register soon!

SSSI National Young Professionals Career Development Webinar Series: Fisherman's Bend Digital Twin

Tuesday 4 Feb 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00pm (AEDT) | Register now

Join us for the first of SSSI Young Professionals webinars for 2020!

Dr Davood Shojaei will be presenting on the Fisherman's Bend Digital Twin. A digital twin is a digital representation of the real world. This project will enable creation of 4D modelling of a physical asset’s design and condition (above and underground), including precise location and legal boundaries, enabling better decision-making about how to manage current and future infrastructures.

Event Highlights
SSSI Young Professionals Career Development 4-part Series: Upgrades to Australian Geospatial Reference System

Webinar part 3 took place in October, to a large audience of interested professionals, generating lots of interesting discussion.  Register here for the recording.

Register now for Part 4 here!

Qld Surveying & Spatial Day

At the Queensland Surveying &Spatial Day in Brisbane on the 18 October, the Queensland Chair of the Young Professionals, Michael Topp, gave an update on the National YPs. Michael discussed the key findings from both the Locate19 and SEASC19 YPs Symposiums. The key challenges faced by todays YPs and the advantages YPs present to the industry were all discussed. Afterwards, Michael chaired a panel discussion where volunteers from industry took the time to provide their point of view on YPs of today. A positive discussion was had where it was clear continued investment in our industries YPs is key to the ongoing development and growth of our industry.


Spatial Information Day and YP Breakfast

Friday 25 Oct 2019 | 7:00 - 8:00 am

The Young Professionals Breakfast was a raging success! With a fantastic turnout from a number of states across Australia and some thought-provoking conversation, it was a cracker of a way to begin the Spatial Information Day.

The idea behind hosting a breakfast on the day of SID was to allow give the YPs a chance to network before the conference, as well as provide an opportunity for those travelling from interstate to join one of our events. Being a separate event from the conference itself, this also provided an opportunity for YPs who could not attend SID to network and gain some inspiration. The success of this breakfast ​may see the event repeated in years to come.

SSSI National Young Professionals Committee Spotlight

This month we are highlighting our SSSI National Young Professional Tasmanian Representative, Briallen Frisken/Hall.

Briallen holds a Bachelor of Environments (Geomatics) and a Master of Engineering (Geomatics) from the University of Melbourne. Having worked in Melbourne as a land surveyor for a number of years, she relocated to Tasmania where she is currently working for the Office of Surveyor General. She aims to complete her professional training agreement to become a registered land surveyor.

Briallen has found being involved in the professional community to compliment her working life previously through the “A Life Without Limits” Survey taskforce, and currently through the SSSI National Young Professional committee. She has found that being involved in such bodies to be rewarding in both a personal sense through the development of her own professional skills and in a broader sense to try to assist in the support of a small industry, with a particular focus on getting young surveyors involved.

“Being a part of the SSSI YPs has been incredibly beneficial in my development as a professional to date. It allows me the opportunity to interact with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and build upon my own skills in doing so. I feel that the presence and influence of industry bodies is particularly important in a small industry like ours where we need to support one another, promoting our value as a whole to the wider community who may not understand our importance, particularly as we continue heading into a future built around rapid technological change and development.”

Warm regards

Roshni Sharma
Chair, Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
T:  +61 2 4950 5322 | M: +61 (0)407 757 756
75 York Street, Teralba, NSW 2284  |

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