Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Western Australia as of April 2019.
March has been a busy month for SSSI WA with a number of events - check out the SSSI WA News for all the details (and photos!).
New to this month's WA GeoMessage is our 'Five Minutes With...' feature. Each month we aim to profile those working in the surveying and spatial sciences profession. This is a great opportunity to find out more about our members, their career path and professional experiences. Our first 'Five Minutes With...' features Geodesy and Spatial Consultant, Linda Morgan.
Locate19 is just around the corner and in coming weeks, SSSI WA will be releasing more details about our own LIFE2019 being held at Optus Stadium. Don't forget to save the date - Wednesday, 4th September, 2019.
Wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter!
Regional Operations Manager, WA
Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 April 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
See the FREE Market Day events below - registration is still required to attend Market Day. For more information on Locate19 and to register please visit the SSSI webpage.
The Locate19 Market Day will feature more than 40 industry exhibitors and Australian and International delegates from government, academia, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. It will be THE place to meet spatial industry professionals and end-users of innovative technology.
To register to attend the Locate19 Market Day please click here to complete an online registration form. If you would like to register a number of people to attend the Market Day, please email email@example.com. Please note, this will only show you the registration form for the Market Day. If you would like to register for the full conference, please refer to the registration page.
EXPEDITION TO ANTARTICA - FEATURING MARY-ELLEN FEENEY
SSSI Members and guests were treated to a morning filled with Antartica adventures. During the breakfast Mary-Ellen Feeney spoke about her recent month long expedition to Antarctica as part of the Homeward Bound Project.
SSSI is proud to have sponsored Mary-Ellen Feeney, on her journey with Homeward Bound. Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative and outreach for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The initiative aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet.
The event was proudly sponsored by NGIS and supported by Jacobs.
Dr Lesley Arnold, SSSI WA Chair and the Optus Stadium big screen featuring our event sponsors.
Mary-Ellen Feeney addressing the audience
If you are interested in participating in the Homeward Bound program, applications are still open until Thursday, 4th April, 2019. To find out more information or to apply click here
GOING PLACES 15 - AIR / AIRBORNE
The Going Places Seminar Series offers a great opportunity to share “know how” in an informal, interactive setting with other like-minded spatial professionals.
A joint initiative by Spatial Information & Cartography Commission, WA and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Commission, WA, Going Places 15 focussed on Air!
Eagleview (formerly Spookfish) generously opened their airplane hanger at Jandakot airport for members and guests. Operations Manager, James Fraticelli discussed the capturing and storage of spatial information, followed by a presentation from Land Monitor's Chair, Katherine Zdunic who discused how the serviced had grown over the years. Up... up and Away... Going Places 15.
CURTIN UNIVERSITY COLLOQUIUM
Featuring visiting Professor Derek Lichti from the Department of Geomatics Engineering, and the University of Calgary, Canada who presetned on recent advances in terrestrial laser scanning – optimal viewpoint placement and object recognition.
Colloquium presentation featuring Professor Derek Lichti,Department of Geomatics Engineering, and the University of Calgary
A new feature to the WA Geomessage! Each month we will feature and profile a surveying and spatial science professional. This month, we are very proud to feature Linda Morgan!
1. Please give us an idea of your professional background
I have a Diploma in Cartography and started my career in a 4 year traineeship with the Department of Lands and Surveys in the old Treasury building in Perth. I quickly learned that I was much better at math than drawing neat lines and in the second year of my traineeship I went to the Geodetic Branch and that’s where I stayed in various roles for the next 36 years! I have seen, been at the forefront and really enjoyed the massive change in technology over those years. Thankfully now neat lines are drawn by technology, so I can also now create great maps. Some highlights include seeing the implementation of the new geodetic datum GDA94 in 2000 and working towards our next datum GDA2020. Managing and seeing the completion of the WA component of the National project to build a network of high fidelity Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) / permanent GPS stations across the country to support the next generation of accurate positioning capabilities. Being awarded the SSSIWA Professional of the Year in 2013 and then travelling to Canberra and coming home with the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award for Professional of the Year in 2014. The cherry on the top was the honour of becoming a SSSI Fellow last year.
2. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Things have slowed down somewhat now as I have left Landgate and I am working on a casual basis for RM Surveys as well as a consultancy business LM Geospatial for the odd geodesy based project. However, this gives me more time to research and build my skills as well as doing volunteer work with SSSI and Curtin University. I really enjoy everything spatial.
3. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry?
I have my Year 11 Geography teacher, Mr Frank Smargassi to thank for influencing my choice of a spatial industry career. He would regularly tell us all that we should become cartographers. Years later I met him at a conference, I shook his hand and thanked him for the wonderful career I had enjoyed.
4. What is the best thing about being a spatial professional?
I feel incredibly privileged to have found my niche at the very start of my working life and have never really felt the need to change course. I love the diverse challenges, learning new skills and techniques and seeing the improvements that technology continues to deliver. It is also fantastic to be part of community that has so many interesting and inspiring stories.
5. What are you most looking forward to being a part of in the next six months?
I’m currently working on some business process automation to support the digital lodgement of mining tenement surveys to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS). This is a huge step forward for DMIRS in streamlining their processes and I look forward to achieving my aim of removing manual data handling from the lodgement process.
6. Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
I have travelled to the bottom (Antarctica) and the top (Spitzbergen) of the world and both were amazing journeys. However, I am equally happy at a favorite camping spot in a remote area of the Pilbara. Anything in the natural environment has my vote.
Linda Morgan next to the cairn on top of Mt Meharry the highest peak and geodetic survey mark in WA. This cairn commemorates surveyors past, present and future.
SEEKING EOI’s FOR YP MENTORING PROGRAM
The 2018 Mentoring Program was very successful with mentors and mentees from all over Australia (and a few overseas!) reported that they found so much value from being involved. In 2019, the SSSI Young Professionals are back, and the 2019 National Young Professionals Mentoring Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from mentors and mentees across Australia and internationally. The 2019 program will run from July to October and involve fortnightly meetings for mentors and mentees, face to face or by distance (over the phone or using Skype, Zoom, etc).
This year’s program will extend the opportunity for mentees to be in their final year of study OR recently graduated and working as a young professional in the field. We welcome mentors from all ages and walks of life who are familiar with the spatial and surveying industry and would like to inspire and pass on their experiences to the people who will shape the future of our industry.
Please submit your EOI now at: https://goo.gl/forms/f61YaG1fLpAJyGgk1. Any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentoring and coaching is a valuable experiences – please forward details about this program to your own network.
SEASC2019 YP POSTER COMPETITION OPEN – ‘MY STORY: HOW I CAME TO BE HERE’
Clarity on career pathways in our industry can be clear as mud at the best of times, and for many young people thinking about their future, as well as many of us who are already working in the industry, it’s not always apparent what options are available to us. To add to this, our industry is diverse in the depth and breadth of experiences and backgrounds that each one of us has - but this is not immediately apparent and can take quite a lot of digging beneath the surface to uncover.
To make inroads to changing this, the YP’s are championing the SEASC2019 Young Professionals Poster Competition.
THEME: “MY STORY: HOW I CAME TO BE HERE”
How did you end up in the spatial/surveying industry? To highlight the depth and breadth of people in our industry, we would love to hear about your personal journey to where you are right now. What steps have you taken to get here? What have been your biggest inspirations and motivators? What do you love about your job? From timelines of your studies and career to photos of your childhood and family, maps of your travels, and experiences in the context of entering the spatial profession, we’re interested in hearing what your journey is, no matter where you are.
Posters will be on display at the South East Asian Survey Congress 2019, with preliminary judging by local primary school, high school and University students as well as conference attendees, and final judging by a panel of young professionals from the SSSI National Young Professionals Committee.
1ST PRIZE: FREE STUDENT / YP REGISTRATION FOR LOCATE20
2ND PRIZE: $150 WESTFIELDS VOUCHER
3RD PRIZE: $100 WESTFIELDS VOUCHER
One (1) A3 poster (colour or black and white) that fits the theme and the judging requirements (see below) submitted in digital format (preferred pdf) to email@example.com accompanied by an Entry Form (https://goo.gl/forms/TNoGevoScoGJLULp2).
- Innovative communication and storytelling through words, maps or images
- Clarity of overall message
- Ability to be accessible by industry professionals, people not in the spatial/surveying field, and people of all ages
- Ability to showcase the strength and diversity of in the industry
- Poster must be accompanied by an Entry Form
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 9TH AUGUST 2019, 11:59PM ACST
To stay up to date with SEASC2019 for speaker and program updates, subscribe to the newsletter at https://goo.gl/6syYAf. To register, check out https://goo.gl/UzkrTU.
Check out our E-CPD recordings available online:
ECPD - SSSI WA LAND SURVEYING COMMISSION SEMINAR - FEBRUARY CPD UPDATE – 'LOOKING INTO 2018' (22nd February, 2018). Click here to view.
ECPD - SSSI WA LAND SURVEYING COMMISSION SEMINAR - MID YEAR CPD UPDATE (28th June, 2018). Click here to view.
Events Coming Up
More events to be announced soon! Here is a peak of a few events coming up:
LIFE2019 – SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, 4th September, 2019
SSSI WA Representatives
WA Regional Operations Manager
WA Regional Chair