The last time I wrote the Geomessage we had just been put into lockdown in Victoria (again!!!!)… and we are still there. We have now become the world record holder for having the most days of lock down… The good news is that we will soon come out of it and it is a record that we will not likely loose anytime soon, although it is a far cry from what the USSR Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev had to endure 30 years ago… 311 days stuck in space… he had much less than a 5km radius 😉.
Through the work of the One Voice Committee, there have been a number of communications to members, particularly in relation to COVID. Of note recently has been the shut-down of the building and construction sector in Victoria which has had significant impacts on our members. We will continue to communicate the latest rulings from the Victorian government as they come to hand.
It was a difficult decision, but the restrictions in place due to Covid meant that we could not sensibly continue to look to hold the Surveying and Spatial Summit in November as a face-to-face event. As such we have postponed the event along with the Victorian APSEA awards until the 24th February 2022. Please put it in your diary as I am sure we will be in a position by then where things will be more suitable for a face-to-face event. The submission date for abstracts has naturally also now been extended till the end of November 2021, so I would encourage you to consider submitting an abstract. You would be surprised at how people find it interesting to hear about what people are doing in their day to day working life.
The Surveyors Registration Board Victoria (SRBV) initiated a once-in-a-generation review of the way surveyors are registered in Victoria. This is being done through an independent consultancy firm and a questionnaire was sent out through all the various bodies involved in the land surveying profession. SSSI sent the questionnaire out to members and the questionnaire closed on the 24th September. We will look forward to the final report being made available in December of this year.
Another significant questionnaire that was sent out recently was from the Space, Spatial & Surveying Diversity Leadership Network. The questionnaire is to help set a base line to the current state of diversity and inclusion in our industry. This closed in mid-September and we will look forward to hearing the results.
The One Voice committee has also been working with RMIT as part of their ongoing transition, to ask for your ideas, feedback, priorities, and vision of Surveying graduates into the future. This information will help RMIT as well as other universities to shape and inform the evolution of the Surveying courses offered, to ensure any future offerings meet the requirements of the profession and industry into the future. Industry Cadastral Surveying Education Working Group - Survey (office.com)
There are, as always, a number of webinars that SSSI run each week and I would encourage you to visit the events page on the SSSI web site to review them as they are always being added to. From a Victorian point of view we have a number of webinars that we would like to highlight and these include:
In closing, as this will be my last GeoMessage as the chair of the SSSI Vic committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Victorian Committee for all their support and efforts over the past two years. In addition, I would like to thank Tony Wheeler and the helpful staff of SSSI (in particular Su Ling Meimaris and Katie Le Miere) for all their assistance over my time as chair. Special thanks also to the two presidents of SSSI through my time as Vic Chair, Dr. Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse and Paul Digney.
I am looking forward to continuing to be on the Victorian Committee and working with Richard Syme as the new chair and wish him well over his chairmanship.
It’s been a pleasure to serve you…
Chair, SSSI Victoria
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