SSSI VIC News - April 2019

March 31, 2019





Locate 19 which is being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 8-10 April. If you have not registered or Locate is a mystery to you, come along to the market day on Monday April 8 which is a free day with a number of events. Come along and experience what a true national conference is all about.

As part of Locate, the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) will also be held with the winners from all the Regions, Pacific Island and New Zealand being eligible. Good luck to our Victorian Winners Dr Mohsen Kalantari, Dr Christopher Rudiger, Mary Rabling, Mina Jahanhahi and Dr Marie Truelove.

A number of successful events have been held during February and March including the Women in Spatial International Women’s Day breakfast where interesting presentations were made by Amelia Chapman from DELWP and Stefanie Abraham from Vicroads on gender and diversity issues. The YPs held their perennially successful State Library Map Room Tour, and an ISV/SSSI joint seminar was also held. After the success of the first of our tri-breakfast series covering various aspects of Data Capture Methods for Reality Modelling held on Monday February 11, the next event will be held on Monday 13 May.

March 21st was also Global Surveyors' Day which was first held in 2018.  Global Surveyors' Day is a way to globally recognise the pioneers and individuals who have shaped our history and our modern day communities. Our twilights series will also start after Locate. Make a note in your diaries now for our Surveying and Spatial Summit on 30th August and the APSEA Vic Awards on Thursday August 29.


Women in Spatial International Women's Day Breakfast Seminar - Thursday 7 March at RACV City Club

SSSI Women in Spatial celebrated IWD together with many familiar members and colleagues of the profession, thank you all for coming! 

A big thank you to Amelia Chapman and Stefanie Abrahams for their presentation about Diversity and Inclusion. Amelia talked about the new and exciting "Thinking differently about difference: an action plan for boosting innovation in the Spatial Sectors through diversity and inclusion" - the diversity action plan tailored especially for our profession. Stefanie introduced VicRoads's Diversity&Inclusion groups and taught us the importance of equity. " 

- contributed by Dr Zita Ultmann, Chair, WIS Victoria



Amelia Chapman, Director Land Information and Spatial Services | Land Use Victoria, DELWP and Stefanie Abraham, Organisational Development, Strategy & Planning, VicRoads 


Dr Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse, President SSSI, giving the closing address.  

YP State Library of Victoria Map Room Tour 

On Thursday 22 March, the YPs held another sold-out tour of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) Map Room. While the Map Library itself is still closed for renovation, the Map Librarian Sarah brought us a selection of rare maps from the collection on the theme of the "1800's Melbourne Property Boom" something that definitely relates to YPs today. We saw old maps of Melbourne, with the Townsend Creek running down Elizabeth Street in the city as well as sales plans for new estates in far flung places such as Sandringham and Brunswick! To finish the tour we went up into the SLV's Marvellous Melbourne exhibition where some additional old maps are currently on display. Thanks to everyone that attended and a special thanks to Sarah the Map Librarian.

- contributed by Frazer Wilson, Chair, YP Victoria


State Library of Victoria Map Room Tour 21 March


Member Highlights

Getting to know you...
This month Frazer Wilson, Chair, SSSI VIC YP and Jason Heritage, Representative, National YP tell us a little about themselves.  
Frazer Wilson 
1. I love my job because…
I manage the Strategic Fire Planning & Ecology team for DELWP's Melbourne region. The day job is rewarding because the work we do integrates the latest science into government policy and work and I get to work with many researchers to implement it and I get to be a part of positive change. But also in Summer, I switch from Strategic work to bushfire response it's like having two jobs and keeps things interesting. Most people don't realise that DELWP is actually Victoria's third firefighting agency with hundreds of paid firefighters.
2. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry?
The Spatial Industry was the only career path I'd ever really wanted. From a young age, I had very good navigation skills and a strong spatial interest and from Year 10 work experience, it was clear that there were careers in this industry and that's what I wanted to do. I was lucky enough to be in a school where we had a full time Geography teacher and he was able to nudge me into the right direction to get into Spatial Information at Uni.
3. Could you describe one of your typical workdays?
I don't have a typical workday, in any normal week, I'll work in one of three offices around Melbourne's suburbs. On a more normal day, I'll be working with my team on ways to reduce the bushfire risk and improve the ecology around Melbourne, playing with ArcMap and Bushfire simulators. On other days, it'll be all meetings with other staff or researchers. If I'm lucky I'll be at my actual desk 2 days a week! But when there's a Bushfire the typical workday is 14 hours long, mapping and predicting bushfires and doing what needs to be done to protect life & property and this year has been the longest fire season since 2009.
4. Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
I'm slightly notorious for my eclectic travel travel trips, from random trips to 'off limits places' to long-weekend trips to Disneyland, but the place I usually end up going back to is Canada, it's like a colder version of Australia, the people are friendly and the forests and parks are beautiful to visit and I'm a big Ice Hockey fan & I play as well. But did I mention it's really cold there?
5. If you were not in this industry, what was next?
It would have been in something to do with Computer Science, yet the reality in many ways is that Computer Science and Spatial are as close as ever and will continue to be.


Jason Heritage
1. I love my job because…
My job requires me to solve an array of problems related to the capture of historical survey data in a digital format, that keeps me constantly engaged. I also have the chance to see how projects are delivered within DELWP, and meet some amazing people. I am constantly learning and find it very satisfying to have relied on so much that I learnt at university.
2. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry?
I had two key influencers. Firstly my Foundation Studies science lecturer shared a story about how she studied remote sensing for assessing crop health which combined elements of chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and photography, and I thought how could this be true! Secondly, my program coordinator was pivotal in my choice to study a Bachelor of Geospatial Science, and my choice to complete a Graduate Diploma in Surveying by being very approachable and easy to talk to about anything.
3. Who is been the biggest inspiration/ Influence on your career
I get most of my inspiration from those who I work with and those who I observe within the office. It is so inspiring to be among people who excel at what they do, love their job and are inclusive.
5. Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
I’ve only ever visited Fiji and enjoyed the mix of native Fijian and Indian cultures. The island is undergoing rapid development with a population of around 1 million, and is surrounded by priceless underwater ecosytems. The main island Viti Levu is also divided by mountains that cause most of the rain to fall on the eastern side creating contrasting landscapes which must also affect how the land is managed. It’s a land of great potential, but looking after their environment will be critical to their success. It’s really something else to witness a developing country that could have so many different futures.

5. If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?
I’m a piece of cotton twine. Sometimes I get tied in knots, but I always seem to hold it together.
If you missed the Member Feature of Melinda Borg, Mary Rabling and Zita Ultmann, click here.

SSSI Victoria would like to welcome our new members for March: 

  1. Mitchell Bayliss, EMS - Member
  2. Benjamin Johnston, SICC - Member
  3. Jeffrey Ramos, SICC - Member
  4. Filomena Losi, SICC - Student Member


Events Coming Up 


Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 April 2019 
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Market Day is FREE to attend - registration is still required to attend Market Day.

For more information on Locate19 and to register please visit the Conference website.

The Locate19 Market Day will feature more than 40 industry exhibitors and Australian and International delegates from government, academia, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. It will be THE place to meet spatial industry professionals and end-users of innovative technology.
To register to attend the Locate19 Market Day please click here to complete an online registration form. If you would like to register a number of people to attend the Market Day, please email Please note, this will only show you the registration form for the Market Day. If you would like to register for the full conference, please refer to the registration page.
PIanning Resilient Communities: Actionable Geospatial Data and Tools to Protect Our Climate Future 
Monday 8 April 2019
10.30am – 3.30pm
Hospitality Suite 7, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Open to All Members & Non-Members (those attending Locate or not)
In this workshop, presented by 2019 URISA Exchange Delegate and CEO, Planning Communities (USA), Teresa Townsend, participants will identify ways in which they can work with their local communities and organisations to provide leadership in identifying data, gaps, collection and analysis needs and tools as well as resiliency related targets and measures. Topics will include effects of climate change and sea level rise, clean energy, emergency management, asset management, vulnerable communities and social equity, community redevelopment, healthy communities, economic considerations and environmental aspects.
The workshop, taking place during Market Day, is free to those who are registered for Locate (but you must register) but also open to those who would like to attend just this event, for a low fee.
For more information and to register, please visit the SSSI Events page.

Abount Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet.
It was (literally) the dream of Fabian Dattner (Australian leadership activist and consultant), who in collaboration with Antarctic marine scientist Jess-Melbourne Thomas, initially made Homeward Bound a reality. Together, they garnered the support of significant scientific bodies and women of influence, created a strong leadership team and teaching faculty and got the project off the ground. In 2015, the project went viral and the first leadership program and Antarctic voyage took place in 2016.
Why Women?
Despite making up 45% of the global workforce, women are globally underrepresented in leadership positions. This is despite women comprising 57% of recent college graduates. By providing these women with leadership and strategic skills, a sound understanding of the science, and a strong purposefully developed network, we will enhance their ability to impact policy and decision-making for a sustainable future.
Why Antarctica?
Regions of Antarctica are showing the fastest responses to some of the global sustainability problems we currently face. Antarctica offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe first hand the influence of human activities on the environment and provide critical insights into the global-scale change required. This iconic environment has captured the imagination of leaders in the past and the expedition experience of the Antarctic component of the Homeward Bound program creates strong bonds between participants.
Why Now?
If not now, when? The sustainability of our planet is in crisis and so is the state of leadership in our world. Homeward Bound aims to contribute to both these global issues.

Applications close at 10am on 4th April 2019 (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time).


SSSI’s planning for our the major international event, SEASC 2019 Darwin, is well underway!
This is the first time in 20 years that Australia has hosted a joint international congress with the ASEAN Flag Surveying nations. This is a unique opportunity to attend an international surveying and geospatial congress in Australia.
The SEASC2019 Congress theme is Collaboration, Communication, Capacity Building in the 21st Century.  Delegates will explore the many disciplines from across the Surveying and Geospatial sciences, with a strong focus on developing practical skills for all through informative and interactive workshop sessions in conjunction with new updates and research from across the sector.
Are you looking to promote further research and understanding to a Global Audience? Why not submit an abstract and be a part of the Congress program. Our deadline for abstracts has been extended to 30 April 2019 so be a part of the program, submit now.
Developing our Young Professionals to be leaders of the next generation in surveying and geospatial sciences is integral.  A focussed day with key thought leaders from the sector just for YPs is being developed, and we also encourage all YPs to take part in our Poster Competition. Special rates and a dedicated program will give YP’s that experience to inspire them to better things in their careers and the industry. Please encourage and support your YP’s to attend as a representative of your organisation.
All hard work isn’t without reward, however!  We can’t wait to showcase our stunning tropical location, rich in Indigenous history.  Join us on a Historical Tour and at our networking functions, set to showcase the best of the Northern Territory and Australia.
Register early to secure your place now in Darwin for an experience that will last a lifetime.

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