SSSI VIC News - April 2020

March 31, 2020

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


Chair Report


Victoria Regional Chair - Andrej Mocicka

There was a meeting held for all SSSI Regional Chairs to discuss the way forward for SSSI in response to COVID-19. We will continue to support our members in our respective regions, by continuing to connect with you, deliver value and provide opportunities for professional development.

I attended a meeting in March with the Surveyor General Victoria, Craig Sandy to discuss a number of items.

The SSSI Hydrographic Commission held a half-day seminar at Port of Melbourne on 10 March. This event was well-attended and the presentations engaging. The seminar concluded with networking and a dinner at the Boatbuilders Yard. Congratulations to Andrew Ternes and the organising committee on a successful event. This event was sponsored by Port of Melbourne and Precision Hydrographic Services (PHS).  

I encourage you to take the opportunity to look at the many webinars that are available and presented by speakers in Victoria and across the country, for your professional development and interests. You will see the webinars include a range of topics of the SSSI commissions and special interests groups.

Also, once again, a reminder - the 2020 Mentoring Program is now open, and receiving mentor and mentee applications. There has been overwhelming mentees interests, if you can share your experience and guide someone in their career, do sign up to be a mentor. It can be an enriching and rewarding experience for both parties. See more information from the Young Professionals below and register for the program.

Take care of yourselves.

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria


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 Victoria is pleased to have the following members join SSSI in March:

  • Alexander Runic – Member, Land Surveying
  • Emmanuel Bina – Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Melissa Harris – Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Humza Tariq – Student Member, Land Surveying
  • Haoyang Mo – Student Member, Land Surveying
  • Jacob Attrill – Student Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Kate Chan – Student Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Madeleine Johnson – Student Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Matthew Killick – Student Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Murray Baker – Student Member, Land Surveying
  • Swafdil Chullikulavan – Student Member, Spatial Information & Cartography
  • Titus Gian – Student Member, Spatial Information & Cartography


event highlight

One of the last Victorian face-to-face event was held on 6 March in celebration of International Women's Day. It was very pleasing to see over 70 industry colleagues and friends who made their way to the venue early in the morning. And what an enjoyable morning it was! We were indeed privileged to be able to listen to the insightful and informative presentations of four inspiring women. It was an opportunity to catch up with one another post-event, and there were notable quotes, literature recommendations, professional and future industry-focused thoughts to take away. Many thanks to our speakers:


L-R Amelia Chapman (DELWP), Kellie Dean (Spiire, ISV), Jacyl Shaw (GHD), Penny Harrison (Red Cross Australia)

Here are some photos of the morning:






A big thank you to our sponsors: 


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 NSW/ACT times.

The Outcome: SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon

Thursday 16 April 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Dr Lesley Arnold (SSSI National Board Director) will give an overview of the Map-a-thon initiative and discuss overall logistics of planning; industry, government and NGO engagement; the challenges and overall execution of the event.

Nathan Eaton, Executive Director, NGIS Australia will give an overview of the technical set-up of this mammoth Map-a-thon and highlight some of the challenges and triumphs experienced.

This is a free event open to those who participated in the Map-a-thon or are involved in the surveying and spatial community. 

More information and register here

Marine & Coastal Policy & Port Philip 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.

Tamara Van Polanen Petel, Project Manager, DELWP, will be presenting on the Port Philip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment, including some mapping tools developed for various sites around the bay.

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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