Victorian Region News - August 2021

August 13, 2021

As I write this latest Geomessage we have been put into Lock Down (LD) #6 and join the rest of the East coast of Australia in LD.  We do look forward to the day that LD’s are a distant memory …

I mention this as the COVID situation has had a positive impact in the Victorian Surveying and Spatial industry. It has resulted in a great deal of collaboration with other professional bodies (SIBA/GITA, CSV and ISV).  This collaboration has been evidenced with sharing of information to assist members to navigate through the uncertainties of lockdown rules. The formation of the One-Voice committee (SIBA/GITA, CSV, ISV and SSSI) for advocacy to government, education and other professional bodies.

The One-Voice committee, together with the Survey Task Force (STF) have also been working with the Universities in disseminating information to members as I reported previously.  At our last meeting with RMIT, we were advised that Rachel (Musgrave-Evans) has been appointed to the position of Cadastral Industry Fellow. We are delighted with this appointment and congratulate Rachel and the RMIT. In addition, we will be working with RMIT University to send out a questionnaire to members to assist them in developing their new Geospatial course. So please take the opportunity to complete the questionnaire and have your say in the future of our profession.

The committee have also been busy assisting the Geographic Teachers Association Victoria (GTAV). We have had a long association and in recent months GTAV received funding to help them to grow the knowledge of the Spatial Industry amongst the Geographic Teachers in Victoria.  A big thank you must go to Melinda Borg and the SSSI staff in putting together a fantastic presentation on Geospatial 101. Explaining what Geospatial is and how it affects all of us in everyday life.  The presentation was recorded and is available for those that are interested, please contact Su Ling Meimaris or myself for more details.  The program will also include an interview and discussion panels of employees, employers and students. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Su Ling or myself.

Other big news for those that missed it was from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Following on from the very successful Fisherman’s Bend Digital Twin project, a $35.2 million investment in digital twin technology and spatial innovation over the next three years was announced. This will no doubt further Victoria’s Digital Twin development ensuring Victoria will be well placed for the future.  The event was very successful and attended by over 600 people and generated a great deal of interest.

For those that missed the event here is the link about Digital Twin activities in Victoria and beyond

In addition, the Smart Cities Council are providing the opportunity for organisations to provide feedback on Australia New Zealand Digital Twin Blueprint. Feedback can be made up until 27/8/21 at 5pm. For more information and to provide feedback please click here

We would encourage you to check out the videos.

All this ties in well with the Spatial Digital Twins - Special Interest Group which I am sure will be reported on further in this and future Geomessage editions.

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse would also like to bring to members attention the paper entitled, Towards a sustainable geospatial ecosystem beyond SDI has now been published at the UN -GGIM 11th Session Plenary.

Those interested are also able to attend the event by UNGGIM about the paper. To find out more please get in contact with Su Ling or myself.

If you would like to get in touch with me, I can be reached on

Kind regards

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria


Landmark investment to create state-wide digital twin
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Major upgrade to support precision positioning
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Calling for Expressions of Interest for the Vicmap User Reference Group
Land Use Victoria is currently seeking expressions of interest to increase and diversify the membership of the Vicmap User Reference Group (VURG). Then please express your interest by completing the EOI form. The EOI will close 31 August 2021.

Mapping Aboriginal cultural heritage site Deen Maar
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has improved the mapping of Victorian Aboriginal cultural heritage site Deen Maar.

Digital Cadastre Modernisation reaches a significant milestone
Victoria’s ground-breaking $45 million project to revamp its property map base has reached a major milestone, with two million land parcels now digitised. This represents more than half the estimated 3.3 million land parcels across the state.

Pilot launched to simplify ePlans with new creation service
Land Use Victoria is commencing an exciting phase of the ePlan program with a pilot of a new ePlan Creation Service. The service will simplify the process for surveyors creating ePlans for land subdivisions.

Updated centreline for Great Ocean Road now in Vicmap Transport
Land Use Victoria has used the latest technology to improve the spatial accuracy of the Great Ocean Road centreline and intersections in Vicmap Transport.

Vicmap change notices now with a new look and easier website access
We’re making it easier to stay up to date with changes to Vicmap with better access to change notices on our website and an improved subscribe process to receive notices directly into your inbox.

Updated practice directives for Victorian licensed surveyors
Surveyor-General Victoria (SGV) has updated the Victorian Cadastral Surveys Practice Directives to help licensed surveyors meet their legal requirements for cadastral surveys in Victoria.

Report on survey mark network upgrades released
Surveyor-General Victoria (SGV) Geodesy has released the 2020-2021 State of the Network report, detailing how it is improving the Victorian survey control mark network.


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