SSSI VIC News - March 2019

February 28, 2019

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Victoria as of March 2019.


Chair Report

Victoria Regional Chair -  Lindsay Perry


I hope the new year finds you fit and well and you have a safe and prosperous year ahead of you. Congratulations go to SSSI Honorary Fellow Ray Holmes who was deservedly awarded an AM -Member of the Order of Australia in the recent Australia Day Honours, for significant service to surveying and mapping and to professional organisations. More details are available below in this bulletin.

It was just ten years ago when we were confronted with catastrophic bushfires that had a profound effect on many people in this State. The value of ready and accurate spatial information came to the fore with its utilisation by emergency groups and others involved in the reconstruction process.

Under the auspices of the Surveyor General, the Victorian Bushfire Surveying Taskforce was set up to re-establish control networks, identify areas requiring survey marks and monuments and establish GNSS base stations. SSI as it was then known, was part of the Taskforce along with other professional bodies, industry associations government and academia. Some 300 volunteers subsequently took part in recovering and referencing survey marks in bushfire affected areas across the state that would then allow road alignments and property boundaries to be re-established on a fee for service basis.

The first of our tri-breakfast series covering various aspects of Data Capture Methods for Reality Modelling was held on Monday February 11, subsequent events in the series will be held on Monday 13 May and Monday 22 July. The WIS will be holding an event in March in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Please keep an eye on the calendar of events for details of these and other events.



GIS Breakfast Seminar 11 February, at Jacobs office

On the 11th of February we started a series of breakfast sessions looking at how GIS is increasingly interacting with reality models. It was great to see a strong interest from both spatial and survey members. For this first session we focused on capture and data considerations. Ben Vordermaier and Brett Sheehan from Jacobs started the series by highlighting the capture techniques that surveyors deploy daily and the implications we need to understand when dealing with this downstream. This was followed by Anna Murray from Bentley Systems discussing ContextCapture and the trends in the broader industry that impact the capture and creation of reality models.


These presentations and the following discussion set the scene to dive deeper into dealing with and using reality models within the spatial industry in the future sessions of the breakfast series.


Thanks to Jacobs for sponsoring this session. Please look out for the invite to the next breakfast session scheduled for early May!

- contributed by David Kelly, Chair, SICC Victoria


GIS Breakfast Seminar 11 February at Jacobs office. 

WIS Golf 14 January at Yarra Bend Golf

What better way to spend a summer day than networking outdoors. We were very happy to see how well industry, academia, and students “worked” together on the driving range. And not to mention the lovely lunch afterwards.

A special thank you to CR Kennedy for supporting our student participants.

- contributed by Zita Ultmann, Chair, WIS Victoria


(L-R: Zita, Jelena, Jane, Robyn, Mary, Allison Kealy, Helen, Gordana) 


Member Highlights

SSSI Honorary Fellow Ray Holmes who was deservedly awarded an AM -Member of the Order of Australia in the recent Australia Day Honours, for significant service to surveying and mapping and to professional organisations.

Dr Ray Holmes AM  Ray commenced his career in 1945 at the Department of Crown Lands and Surveys and then transferred to the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission (SRWSC).

At the SRWSC Ray gained his cadastral licence and worked on engineering and cadastral surveys associated with water supply, irrigation and dam development throughout northern Victoria.  Ray held a number of senior management roles in SRWSC becoming Superintending Surveyor for North Central Victoria and was appointed Chief Surveyor in 1972.

In 1979 Ray was appointed Surveyor General of Victoria and served in that position until his retirement in 1988. In 1994 he was awarded a Doctorate of Surveying Honaris Causa for his services to the surveying profession in Victoria by the University of Melbourne. Read more 

SSSI Victoria would like to welcome our new members: 

  1. Mobushir Khan, SICC - Member
  2. Manuel Lukas, SICC - Member
  3. Adam Mattinson, SICC - Member
  4. John Plowright, LSC - Member
  5. Iain Scott, SICC - Associate
  6. Marie Truelove, SICC - Member
  7. Mark van Rijn, EMSC - Member
  8. Trent Webb, LSC - Member
  9. Xavier Allison, SICC - Student
  10. Gordana Arnaut, SICC - Student
  11. Ross Hehir, LSC - Student
  12. Luke Knudsen, LSC - Student
  13. Liam McCormack, LSC - Student
  14. Luke Monagle, LSC - Student
  15. Jesse Robilliard, LSC - Student
Getting to know you...

We asked few members to tell us more about themselves. This month Melinda Borg, Mary Rabling, Zita Ultmann answered a few questions we asked them. Read more.


Events Coming Up 


Women in Spatial Breakfast Seminar

Thursday 7 March 2019 | RACV City Club
More information and register here 

YP State Library of Victoria Map Room Tour

Thursday 21 March 2019 | State Library of Victoria
More information and register here



Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) Updates

The VPA looks forward to delivering Minister Wynne's vision for planning for this upcoming term of government and will sharpen our focus to align with this government's priorities. Some early areas of focus include priority precincts, affordable and social housing, and infrastructure coordination.

Minister Wynne has approved five precinct structure plans, delivering on his pledge to unlock 100,000 new housing lots by 2018. The VPA is proud to have designed these plans for holistic, well-designed communities that will create new opportunities for Victorians to live, work and relax.

The Precinct Structure Plans include:-
Cardinia Creek South Precinct Structure Plan, providing 10,000 homes and 1,600 jobs, along with two local town centres, three government primary schools and one government secondary school.

Minta Farm precinct a new employment precinct south of Berwick that will provide 3,000 new homes and 11,000 new jobs that focus on innovation and technology.

Beveridge Central PSP
The newly approved community of Beveridge Central in Melbourne’s north is set to provide 3,400 homes close to schools, trains and upgraded roads. It will be developed over more than 10 years and has been within the Urban Growth Boundary since 2010.

Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth Framework
The government has also approved a long-term plan that will guide Bacchus Marsh’s growth over coming decades with its population anticipated to more than double to 50,000 residents by 2041.

Jacksons Hill Master Plan
The Victorian Government has purchased the 33-hectare historic site from Victoria University and approved the Jacksons Hill Master Plan, which will have a new village green, arts hub and a bustling new neighbourhood on Jacksons Hill.

Streamlining for Growth - Towards accredited approvals
The VPA Board recently signed off on a $100,000 Streamlining for Growth grant to explore a path to accredited approvals.  The project, developed in partnership with the Streamlining for Growth Industry Working Group, will assess and guide the use of private resources to accelerate planning and engineering approvals in Melbourne’s greenfields.

On completion, the report will take the following into consideration:
• examples in councils, other states and industries
• how to build capacity and quality in subdivision approvals processes
• possible accreditation models
• potential barriers to adoption for state and local government in Victoria.

The report will include an action plan that may include a number of potential pilot projects for 2019.

The VPA will establish a project control group in early 2019 and is seeking council and industry representatives

Portfolio changes
This term of state government will involve key machinery of government and portfolio developments that will affect how the VPA undertakes its planning.

Minister Wynne is now the Minister for Housing as well as Planning, creating stronger links between DHHS, DELWP and VPA to plan for social and affordable housing. DEDJTR is now being split into two Departments. - the Department of Transport, which will result in greater land-use and transport integration, particularly around planning for major transport projects and the other new Department is the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.  This will have a key role supporting the VPA in planning and delivering priority precincts for employment land and innovation districts, as well as planning for growth in regional towns and cities.

Details of the role and operations of these new entities are expected to be progressively developed over coming weeks and months.


Vicplan update
VicPlan has recently been updated to version 2.2.0. New features include Data catalogue, Overlay intersector tool, Improved map layer styling and New data (available in new catalogue feature) which include Precinct Structure Plans areas, Historic LGA boundaries 1991 (pre LGA amalgamation).

Planning for buffers and separation distances
DELWP has engaged Environmental Resources Management Australia Pty Ltd (ERM) to review how land use buffers and separation distances are currently managed in the Victorian planning system. The ERM technical report (PDF, 2.3 MB) provides an assessment of the current planning policy and tools in the Victoria Planning Provisions and analyses local and international case studies to understand how planning currently manages conflicting land uses.



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