Tasmanian Region News - June 2020

May 30, 2020

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

Chair Report


SSSI members recently received the electronic notification of membership renewal, which included a detailed letter by SSSI President, Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse and SSSI CEO Tony Wheeler.

The membership renewal letter highlighted the many iniatives and work that had been accomplished in the past year, such as the connection and collaboration with international organisations such as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations Federation of Land Surveying and Geometics (ASEAN FLAG) and the Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council (PGSC) to create deeper partnerships; the ESP-AP certification was recently launched; a new Disaster Management and Recovery interest group was been formed. The National Mentoring Program continues to be a popular program.

A new initiative offered to members is the MemberOne Program - this is an incentive scheme for existing members to introduce new financial members to SSSI. The more financial members you refer, the greater discount (20% to 30%) you will receive to your SSSI membership fee.

You will also see that SSSI webinars will be available to members free of charge from 1 July. SSSI has put together an extensive list of webinars topics which cover interests in hydrography, surveying, remote sensing, photogrammetry, spatial and other related topics. You will find a relevant webinar if you are seeking CPD points or just for professional interest. The annual Tasmania State of GIS 2020 will be presented on Wednesday 22 July from 11:00AM. We invite you to join us for the hour-and-a-half of presentations and participate in the question and answer time. Details of the speakers and topics will be advised soon.

The recent TasWater webinar held on 28 May was well attended and engaged participants in the questions and answer session. The discussion and feedback session for the Review of Strata Titles Act 1998 webinar on 29 May was another productive session. These webinars are now available as eCPD.

I was pleased to be able to attend the prestigious Oceanic APSEA Awards 2019 which was held on 28 May 2020 online and hosted by our SSSI President Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse. The event presented seamlessly and celebrated the many highly-skilled surveying and spatial individuals in our midst, and the outstanding projects undertaken. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 Oceanic awards! Well done.

I would also like to again congratulate the finalists from Tasmania Region:

  • SSSI Award for Professional of the Year: Scott Strong
  • SSSI Award for Young Professional of the Year: Graze Uziallo
  • SSSI Award for Undergraduate Student of the Year: Shirisa Timilsina
  • SIBA | GITA Award for Spatial Enablement: Esk Mapping & GIS
  • SIBA | GITA Award for Technical Excellence: Hydro Tasmania

Nominations for the 2020 APSEA is now open. More information about the APSEA award categories and how to submit an entry can be found on the SSSI website. Submit your nomination entries by Monday 31 August 2020.

Kind regards,

Paul Digney MSSSI
Chair, SSSI Tasmania


Member Highlights

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new member, Justin Welch. 

Justin Welch - Member - Land Surveying


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. All webinar times are in AEST.

The Tasmania Regional Committee is pleased to announce that we will be bringing the State of GIS 2020 seminar to you on Wednesday 22 July.

This popular event will be 1.5 hour long and feature four short presentations from leading professionals within the Tasmanian spatial industry and will include time for questions and answers at the end of each presentation. 

Cost: SSSI Member FREE | Non-member $55

Register here.

RSPC Webinars

The SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission is pleased to bring you the two series of webinars: Surveying using Drones and Spatial Technologies and Health:

Surveying using Drones

Webinar Topic
Date / Time
Dr Renee Bartolo Issues to consider when establishing a drone program (Available as eCPD)
Professor Clive Fraser Camera calibration and why it is important Thursday 2 July 4:00PM AEST
Dr Mozhdeh Shahbazi, University of Calgary Georeferencing techniques in drone-based photogrammetry and laser scanning

Wed 15 July 11:00AM AEST

Dr Alamouri Ahmed, Technical University Brunswick, Germany  Investigations on the geometric quality of camera for UAV applications using the high precision UAV test field Zollern colliery Wed 9 Sep 5:00PM AEST


Sponsored by:

Spatial Technologies and Health

Webinar Topic
Date / Time
Dr Richard Palmer, Curtin University Cliniface - Unlocking Facial Clues  Available as eCPD
Dr Peter Baade, Cancer Council Queensland Australian Cancer Atlas - a critical piece of the evidence puzzle   Available as eCPD
Dr Petra Helmholz, Curtin University, Chair SSSI RSP Commission Monitoring human burn wounds using spatial technologies Monday 29 June 4:00PM AEST
Dr Rozlyn Ward, Notre Dame University Facial Tracking - assisting speech language pathologists with objective measures Monday 20 July 4:00PM AEST


More SSSI webinars here.


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