SSSI TAS News - May 2020

April 30, 2020

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

Chair Report


Tasmania Regional Chair - Paul Digney

I trust that everyone is remaining safe and well as we continue to navigate our way through these unprecedented times. I have certainly have had to adapt to new ways of working and engaging with colleagues and clients which whilst challenging at times demonstrates that even old dogs can learn new tricks.

Speaking of new tricks, our regional committee has been working hard to plan how we can continue to deliver all the great events and networking opportunities that we all look forward to and enjoy. As mentioned in my message from last month, the first of these events will be a presentation by TasWater on 28 May on Spatial Data Supply which will provide details on TasWater technical Standards and updated Asset Data specifications.

Upcoming events include:

  • An upcoming forum to discuss the current review of the Strat Titles Act 1998 and seek industry feedback on proposed amendments
  • State of GIS Webinars -  this years event will be two (Wednesday July 1st at 11am and Wednesday July 22nd at 11am) one-hour webinars and feature three short presentations from leading professionals within the Tasmanian spatial industry. A call has already gone out to speakers – so if you are interested, please contact our conveners, Inga Playle and Chris Walsham.

Also nominations for the national mentoring program closes soon (Monday 18th May). If you would like to contribute to this outstanding program which will offer a fantastic platform for meaning and learning amidst these times, help intergenerational exchange of knowledge, experience and inspiration, please register your interest.

I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome our new CEO – Tony Wheeler to SSSI. Tony is no stranger to the Spatial Sciences and Surveying industry having spent over 30 years working in around the spatial sector, including earth observation, surveying, GIS and related information technology. Tony will bring a new postivie perspective to the role and I have no doubt will provide outstanding leadership to the position of CEO. We look forward to getting Tony to Tasmania as soon as travel restrictions are lifted to meet and talk with our local members.

As I do every month I  would also encourage those who would like to contribute and volunteer at this time, to reach out to committee. We would certainly welcome ideas and suggestions around events and ways in which we can continue to stay connected.

Paul Digney MSSSI
Chair, SSSI Tasmania


Member Highlights

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new member, Eloise Marriott. We hope to be able to meet you very soon. 

  • Eloise Marriott - Student Member, Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry



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.  Note: All webinar times are in AEST.

Free webinars

The SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission is pleased to bring you the following webinars on spatial technologies and health:

Webinar Topic
Date / Time
Dr Richard Palmer, Curtin University Cliniface - Unlocking Facial Clues (Available now as eCPD) Monday 11 May 4:00PM AEST
Dr Peter Baade, Cancer Council Queensland Australian Cancer Atlas - a critical piece of the evidence puzzle Thursday 4 June 4:00PM AEST
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.

SSSI Mentoring Program 2020


The 2020 SSSI YP Mentoring Program applications close on Monday 18 May.

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.

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


You may be interested in the news and updates from the SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry and Land Surveying Commissions:


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