SSSI TAS News - April 2020

March 31, 2020

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Tasmania as of April 2020.





Tasmania Regional Chair - Paul Digney

Seems like a lifetime since my last message in February. The sheer impact of this pandemic has meant a major adjustment for all of us to shift our ways of working and living over the last few weeks  and I would like to extend  our best wishes to our members, valued partners and their families and that they continue to stay safe and healthy.

It reassuring to know that as a professional community, we have always come together to help one another and find innovative ways to contribute and remain engaged. In that spirit, I want to reassure everyone that SSSI will continue to deliver to our members and partners, our profession and our community as we respond to the challenges of COVID-19. In response we are currently looking at creative new ways of continuing to deliver our events, keeping people connected sharing knowledge and experiences  and providing vital CPD programs.

The first of these events will be a webinar with TasWater presenting on changes to industry relating activities followed by a discussion opportunity. We are also planning a number of other events, such as moving our State of GIS to a series of shorter webinars later this year as well as working with the Office of Survey General to deliver updates on GDA2020 and cadastral related content. We will also be approaching the University to work together on events. We will be back in touch shortly once all events have bene finalised and we can better communicate dates and programs.

More broadly, there is a national webinar series that is being developed, with SSSI members and our partners across the country that have come forward to present. You will see many webinars of current and varied interests. If you have something you would like to share with your surveying and spatial colleagues in a webinar, contact our local ROM or myself.

Also, with the postponement of the Locate20 conference which was to be held later this month, the Locate organizing committee has developed a Digital Engagement Plan (DEP). The DEP will showcase an ongoing stream of digital materials generated from the 2020 speakers, panel sessions and exhibitors in the leadup to Locate21 in various formats such as live webinars, live interviews and Q&A, exhibitor talks and demonstrations.

I would also encourage those who would like to contribute and volunteer at this time, to reach out to your Tasmania Regional Committee. We would certainly welcome ideas and suggestions around events and ways in which we can continue to stay connected.

The SSSI Mentoring Program is also being offered in 2020. This will be a fully online program that we hope will offer a space for meeting and learning amidst these times, helping intergenerational exchange of knowledge and experience, inspiring one another, and helping keep spirits up. If you would like to contribute to the program I would encourage you to apply (see below for more information and to apply). 

Warm regards,

Paul Digney MSSSI
Chair, SSSI Tasmania


Member Highlights

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members and we hope to be able to meet you very soon. SSSI Tasmania is pleased to have the following members join SSSI in March:

  • Pamela Olat - Student Member, Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry
  • Oliver Fryett - Student Member, Hydrography
  • Yun Fann Toh - Student Member, Hydrography 

If you have any questions, please get in touch: or

Did you know about the industry-leading SSSI Mentoring Program? See below for more information and to register.


Events Coming up - webinars! 

Register and join us at a live webinar! A recording of the presentation will be available 24 hours after the event to all who registered. If you are unable to watch the presentation at the scheduled date and time, you will be able to access the recording to watch at your leisure.

 Marine & Coastal Policy & Port Philip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment

Thursday 23 April 4:00pm – 5:00pm | FREE to SSSI Members

Rebecca Price is the Principal Policy Officer, Land Management Policy | Energy, Environment and Climate Change at DELWP. Rebecca will be presenting on the overview of the Marine and Coastal Policy that was recently released, including how and when to use it. Second speaker to be confirmed. Join in the questions and answers after the presentations! 

If you are involved in sea level implications from beach erosion, storm surges, the tidal interface, land tenure etc, don't miss this webinar!

More information and register here

Reporting and Measuring Bushfire Mitigation Work, a Software Pilot

Tuesday 28 April 2020, 12.00pm ACST

Eugene Lamnek created GeoIT Solutions in 2002, and has been developing ArcGIS customizations, add-ins and applications ever since. In this time Eugene has developed numerous bushfire applications for the CFS and the CFA as well as water and wastewater modelling software, asset management applications and interfaces, and open source applications for numerous clients including SA Water, Santos and DEW.

More information and register here

SSSI - HEI  – Environmental Applications of Spatial Technologies

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Amy Steiger (Cardno) - RPAS and thermal cameras for wildlife detection post-bushfire and coastal monitoring,  Charity Mundava (WaterNSW) - Remote Sensing in Water Management, Associate Professor In-Young Yeo (University of Newcastle) - Remote sensing and GIS applications for water resources management

More information and register here

More webinars here.

SSSI Mentoring Program 2020

The 2020 SSSI YP Mentoring Program is now open!

SSSI is continuing its industry-leading Mentoring Program in 2020 - entirely online! With many disruptions to the ways in which we all live and work, sharing our knowledge and experiences about our profession across generations is more important now than ever. The program will run from June to November, with where mentors and mentees meet to discuss given topics on a fortnightly basis, exploring a range of facets from career goal setting, leadership and emotional intelligence, networking, and more. Mentors and mentees can be expected to make approximately an eight-hour time commitment over the length of the program for meetings and preparation for meetings.

The program runs in two streams (a) undergraduate, for current students or recent graduates and (b) graduates, for young professionals who are in the workforce and are looking to step up their careers.

The feedback from previous participants has been so positive - we strongly encourage you to consider participating in this fantastic program. 

To find out more, check out the YP Mentoring webpage and register for our free online Q&A session on Tuesday 5 May, or click on the links below to apply now. 

  • Mentee - click here to apply
  • Mentor - click here to apply


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