SSSI Young Professionals News – October 19

September 30, 2019 | Young Professionals
Chair Report – Roshni Sharma

As the year is drawing towards its tail end and we are heading towards the silly season, many of us are busy with regional conferences in our states, as well as the close of the mentoring program for 2019.

If you attended one of the regional conferences and have some feedback on what you loved, what could be improved etc, feel free to reach out.  If you haven't registered for the last two - Queensland and South Australia - check them out!

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.

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!

Part 1: Upgrading the Australian Geospatial Reference System and Part 2: Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 were a great success!  If you missed them, head to our E-CPD page to register to view the recordings.

SSSI QLD Surveying and Spatial Day 2019

Friday 18 October | Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Continuing the conversation from Locate19 in Melbourne and SEASC19 in Darwin, SSSI Queensland is hosting its annual Brisbane conference as a one-day celebration of all things surveying and spatial in Queensland.

The Queensland Surveying & Spatial Day is taking place in Brisbane on Friday 18 October and will be based around digital futures and capacity for 21st Century growth and will focus on the community’s growing reliance and adoption of digital technologies and processes. This growth in digital capability is driving new capacity and opportunity for the surveying and spatial science sector.

The conference will be followed by the Queensland Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards, which, in partnership with SIBA|GITA, recognises the outstanding achievements of Queensland's surveying and spatial organisations and individuals.

Register now to share in this opportunity for personal and professional growth, networking and celebration.

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

Webinar 1: Upgrading the Australian Geospatial Reference System was a huge success, and can be accessed for free at any time of your convenience from here

Upgrades to AGRS Webinar Series - Part 2: Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 was a similar hit, and the free recording can be accessed here.

Register now for Parts 3 and 4 here!

Georabble Darwin

The first ever GeoRabble in Darwin went off as a big success! Four amazing and diverse GeoSpatial presentations were given and the smaller group setting made for perfect interactions between GeoEnthusiasts.  A big thanks must go out to the Event sponsor Gaia Resources for providing sponsorship funds. There was plenty of delicious snacks and platters provided for free to all attendees, as well as a free drink! This was the beginning of a spatial community in Darwin and emails were recorded to create a GeoSpatial distribution list for future correspondence. We are spreading the word and trying to build on this great start by increasing numbers of people interested in location based features, so stay tuned for the next GeoRabble Darwin event!

GeoRabble Darwin had the following interesting presentations on spatial topics:

  • Chris Roach started the presentations off with wildlife tracking with drones and open-source software.
  • Sam Wood gave his presentation on his PHD topic of spatial analysis of fire topography and vegetation in Tasmania.
  • Dan Reimers presentenced on the current 2D digital cadastral database and the future directions of the NT to move towards a 3D system.
  • Alyson Stobo-Wilson presented on variations in Glyder den-tree selections with habitat structures using Lidar and laser scanning methods.

Big thanks to all who presented and attended. Hope to see you all again at our next GeoRabble.

Dan Reimers

SSSI-SA Young Professionals Speed Networking

On Tuesday the 10 September, the South Australian Young Professionals held their annual speed networking event at the Flinders University building, Adelaide, with the support of local businesses Aerometrex and Alexander Symonds as sponsors. This has been a major event on the YP calendar for the past few years, often showing the largest turnout of students and professionals from a YP hosted event; and this year was no different, with a great turnout of professionals from the industry, and some eager students. The event was structured to give students the opportunity to talk to each professional for a 3-minute session, similar to the concept of ‘speed dating’, followed by an open networking session. By the end of the night, the networking had left the majority of members red-faced and exhausted, but everyone left with a smile on their face. The students involved reported that they had gained valuable knowledge and insights from the professionals, as well as making some great contacts.

SSSI National Young Professionals Committee Spotlight – Sam Fulton

This month we are highlighting our SSSI National Young Professional South Australia Representative, Sam Fulton.

Sam is the current chair of the South Australia Young Professionals, being a member since early 2018. As a qualified GIS professional holding an honours degree in Applied Geographical Information Systems, he currently plays a key role in delivering asset management and GIS services at the City of Mitcham.

Sam's achievements include the recipient of the SA Water Honours Scholarship, the John Lewis Prize for Geography, and a Chancellors Letter of Commendation from during his time studying at Flinders University.

“I really enjoy getting involved in the industry – there’s always new technologies and applications that keep it fresh and exciting! My key drive for being part of the YPs is to help open up career opportunities for graduates. I avoided networking opportunities like the plague during my time at university, and it really affected my chances at finding a job after graduating. Now that I’ve been working in the industry for a few years, I am really passionate to pass on some knowledge and help make sure students don’t make the same mistakes I did!”

Other News
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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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