Victorian Region News - June 2020

May 30, 2020

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

Chair Report


Victoria Regional Chair - Andrej Mocicka

I would like to highlight the key offers presented in the recent members’ renewal letter signed by SSSI President, Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse and SSSI CEO Tony Wheeler.

Firstly, the extensive webinars topics will be available to SSSI members free of charge from 1 July. You will see a few webinars in June already offered for free to members. Take up the opportunity to hear some great topics being presented by SSSI members and esteemed speakers secured to share their knowledge and insights with you. If you would like see the State of Victoria Map Room, join in the virtual tour on 30 June.  If you are preparing for the large-scale data updates, do not miss the webinar on 16 July on “Overview of Vicmap and the Tsunami of data coming your way”.

The SSSI MemberOne Program is a new initiative provided to members. This is an incentive scheme for existing members to introduce new financial members to SSSI. The more financial members you refer, the greater discount (20% to 30%) you will receive to your SSSI membership fee.  More details about the SSSI MemberOne Program will be sent to members in coming months, so look out for it.

The membership renewal letter has highlighted some of the work behind the scenes that you may not be aware of, such as the partnerships and collaboration with key national and international organisations, the new Disaster Management and Recovery special interest group, the ESP-AP certification, just to name a few. I hope you will continue to support the strategic goals and the direction SSSI is leading the profession towards.

The prestigious Oceanic APSEA Awards event was held on 28 May 2020 via an online platform this year. It was front row seating only and just as exciting to hear the announcements of the winners and the acknowledgement speeches by the award recipients.

Congratulations to all the winners of the awards, and a special acknowledgement to Victorian winners:

  • Professional of the Year Award: Craig Sandy, Surveyor General Victoria
  • Educational Development Award (Joint Winner): Professor Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne.
  • Women’s Leadership Award (Highly Commended): Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez
  • Undergraduate Student Award (Highly Commended): Andrew Campbell, RMIT University

I would also like to congratulate Associate Professor Chris Bellman, RMIT University and Professor Abbas Rajabifard, University of Melbourne on their Honorary Fellowships. Congratulations Chris and Abbas!

Nominations for the 2020 APSEA are open! More information about the APSEA award categories and how to submit an entry can be found on the SSSI website. Submit your nomination entries by Monday 31 August 2020.

Worth noting, SIBA/GITA ran a webinar on the Victorian Digital Cadastral Modernisation Program on Friday 12 June. Katherine Williams from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s DCM team presented the status of the project.  For those interested in finding out more, please get in contact.

Lastly, make a note in your calendar of the Victoria Region Annual Summit, a proposed face-to-face conference on Friday 20 November on “Spatially Enabling SDGs”.  If you have a topic you would like to share, get in touch with the Victoria Regional Committee via

Kind regards,

Andrej Mocicka FSSSI
Chair, SSSI Victoria


Member Highlights

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members.

Olivia Conroy - Student Member Spatial Information & Cartography
Liam Oakwood - Member Spatial Information & Cartography
Kelly Stanhope - Member Spatial Information & Cartography
Dr Martin Tomko - Member Spatial Information & Cartography


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. All webinar times are in AEST.

RSPC Webinars

The SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission is pleased to bring you the two series of webinars: Surveying using Drones and Spatial Technologies and Health:

Surveying using Drones

Webinar Topic
Date / Time
Dr Renee Bartolo Issues to consider when establishing a drone program (Available as eCPD)
Professor Clive Fraser Camera calibration and why it is important Thursday 2 July 4:00PM AEST
Dr Mozhdeh Shahbazi, University of Calgary Georeferencing techniques in drone-based photogrammetry and laser scanning

Wed 15 July 11:00AM AEST

Dr Alamouri Ahmed, Technical University Brunswick, Germany  Investigations on the geometric quality of camera for UAV applications using the high precision UAV test field Zollern colliery Wed 9 Sep 5:00PM AEST


Sponsored by:

Spatial Technologies and Health

Webinar Topic
Date / Time
Dr Richard Palmer, Curtin University Cliniface - Unlocking Facial Clues  Available as eCPD
Dr Peter Baade, Cancer Council Queensland Australian Cancer Atlas - a critical piece of the evidence puzzle   Available as eCPD
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.


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


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