Victorian Region News - August 2020

August 18, 2020

Victoria Region Chair Report

Open Committee Meeting

The SSSI VIC committee held an open meeting on the 23 July which had reports from the various Victorian region commission chairs. In addition there were a number of presentations from the National level. These included Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamad-Ghouse (President SSSI) detailing the latest from the National Committee and Board, Tony Wheeler (CEO of SSSI) outlining the new structure of the SSSI staff and Roshni Sharma (SSSI National Chair YP) giving a comprehensive report on the activities of the SSSI Young Professionals both at the national and FIG level. The open meeting was well attended by members and we believe it gave members insight into the activities of committee at the regional and national levels.  The Victorian Committee would like to thank Roshni, Tony and Zaffar for taking the time out of their busy schedules to attend the meeting and presenting.

Committee Meetings

As you will have no doubt read from this Geomessage, the SSSI Board has changed reporting to every two months. As such, the Victorian Committee will meet every two months going forward and will continue to use Zoom while we are in the COVID-19 lock down. This, along with the comprehensive on-line SSSI webinar program that has been put together for the Spatial profession, will continue to provide members with opportunities to continue to grow and develop professionally and personally.

COVID-19 Stage 4 Restrictions

The Committee has also been extremely busy since Stage 4 restrictions were implemented in Victoria.  Members would have received a number of messages over the past few weeks outlining that there were a number of uncertainties that stemmed from the new restrictions.  Uncertainties as to where and who could and could not work, particularly with regard to the Surveying commissions were raised by members after the release of the initial Stage 4 restriction guidelines. 

The Victorian Committee, in particular Lindsay Perry as the chair of the Land Surveying Commission, have been working with the Consulting Surveyors Victoria (CSV) and the Institution of Surveyors Victoria (ISV) to seek clarification on the areas of uncertainty from the Victorian Government.  We have been communicating the news as it has come to hand to Victorian members through the resources of the SSSI National team. Special thanks must go to Johanna Gastevich (SSSI Marketing & Communications Manager) for all her assistance.

SSSI/SIBA/GITA/ISV/CSV Conference and Gala Event

As we have reported in earlier messages, the Victorian committee has also been working with SIBA/GITA, ISV and CSV to hold our annual Conference as a joint Spatial Industry Conference as well as a Spatial Industry Gala Evening on the 20th November as a face to face event.  Unfortunately, due to the fact that Victoria has gone into Stage 4 restrictions, the venues that had originally been available to hold the events have indicated that they cannot guarantee that they will be able to conduct face to face events and if they are, the numbers will be severely restricted from what was previously thought to be possible.

Based on this new information, it is clear that it will not be possible to run the event as a face to face event. We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be partnering with SIBA|GITA to hold the event as a virtual mini-conference, held as two morning sessions on 18 - 19 November.

The theme of Spatially Enabling SDGs will remain and we encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation at the eSummit. Please submit your abstract here - the deadline is Monday 28 September. We are accepting submissions for presentations from all spatial professionals across Victoria, Australia and around the world!

You can find more information about the eSummit here.

Kind regards

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria




Land Use Victoria secures award-winning expert as new digital twin lead 

Dr Adam Mowlam, Digital Twin Lead, Land Use Victoria, DELWP

Land Use Victoria, part of the Victorian Department for Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP), is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Adam Mowlam as Digital Twin Lead. Dr Mowlam previously led the Wyndham City Smart City Office where he developed and embedded an exciting vision that has led one of Australia’s fastest and largest municipalities to the forefront in the Smart City space and put them on the map both nationally and internationally as a leader in the local government sector. 

Adam brings a unique depth of technical knowledge and strategic leadership and has designed and implemented many innovative projects. These have included WynLens, the world-first holographic digital twin, which won the prestigious 2017 National Award for Excellence in Local Government and development of Wyndham's first Smart City Strategy which was recognised by Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand as the best strategy at the 2019 Smart Cities Awards.

Adam will play a critical role in forming a vision, developing a strategy, articulating the direction and roadmap, and overseeing development and implementation of digital twins across Victoria. As a passionate public sector leader committed to cross-organisational collaboration and digital solutions to improve liveability outcomes and attract investment to build our growing tech economy he welcomes open communication and can be contacted via email ( or LinkedIn (

One digital data stand to rule them all: Australia and New Zealand team up to launch ground-breaking project

Land information agencies across Australia & New Zealand are undertaking major digital transformation projects to go 100% digital when it comes to exchanging cadastral information, moving from paper-based or PDF files to fully digital data including 3D.

At present, there is no widely adopted digital data standard across Australia & New Zealand for exchanging 3D cadastral survey information between industry and government - a comprehensive digital cadastre survey data model is essential to its success.

On behalf of ICSM, the ANZLIC Committee on Surveying and Mapping, agencies across the Tasman have launched an exciting new project to solve this - the 3D Cadastral Survey Data Model and Exchange - which is being led by Land Information New Zealand.

They are looking for an exceptional supplier to deliver this groundbreaking project, with world-class expertise in:

  • data modelling
  • interpreting cadastral survey information
  • survey / spatial data transfer & standards

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of a 3D Cadastral Survey Data Model and Exchange for New Zealand and Australia has now been published on the NZ Government tender site GETS. If this sounds like your company, register and apply by 18 September. Registered suppliers will then be able to apply through the Request for Proposal process once it’s posted on GETS in early August 2020.

For more information, visit the GETS website.


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Science to take flight to better position Victoria for the future

Victorians are one step closer to drone deliveries, airborne vehicles and advanced automation with a major new aerial gravity survey taking place later this year. The survey will also radically improve how the state manages severe weather events including floods, landslides and bushfires.

More than 100,000 square kilometres will be flown for the airborne gravity survey, from the Great Ocean Road to the state’s eastern border with NSW, around Melbourne, the high country and Gippsland.

On board the plane will be sophisticated instruments that record extremely subtle differences in gravity.  Every year, Australia shifts few centimetres north because of the Earth’s tectonic plate movement. New data captured through this survey will update measurements from Global Position Systems (GPS) to allow Victorians to accurately locate features marked on our maps. 

By collecting gravity survey measurements it’s possible to improve how well GPS devices measure height which has many different uses, including: 

  • Automated drones that could be used to deliver packages, food or drinks to apartment balconies, office windows and back gardens.
  • Advanced farming equipment such as in precision agriculture (self-driving tractors)
  • Help with planning major infrastructure projects and building work, particularly as Victoria’s urban areas grow vertically as new apartments are built 

This data helps to create detailed maps for the management of natural resources such as water and to assess flood, landslide and bushfire risk – vital information in an emergency situation and for future planning as sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more frequent.

The data will also be used to further understand the geology in southeast Australia and how it has evolved over time.

It’s a joint programme involving the Surveyor-General Victoria, the Geological Survey of Victoria and Geoscience Australia.

Find out more here.



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