SSSI WA News – August 2019

July 31, 2019



ROM Report


Welcome to the SSSI WA August Geomessage! 

It's full steam ahead for LIFE2019. The full program is just days away from being released. We are proud to announce some of our headline speakers:

  • Kathrine Kelm, Senior Land Administration Specialist, The World Bank, USA
  • Marion Fulker, CEO, Committee for Perth
  • Dr Gareth Baynam, Clinical Advisor and Project Lead – Genetic Services WA 
  • Andrew Morumburri Dowding, Director, Winyama Digital Solutions 
  • Paul Farrell, Managing Director, NGIS Australia
  • Chris Barber, GIS Lead - Westport Project at Department of Transport, WA

 Registrations are now open for Location Intelligence Forum & Exhibition (LIFE 2019), the premier surveying and spatial industries event in WA! Early bird registrations close on Friday 9 August, 2019 – full ticket prices in this edition! 

Nominations are also open for the WA Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (WA APSEA). These awards celebrate achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals. Individual nominations have been extended to Friday 9 August, 2019 –  so nominate today! 

July has been a busy month for SSSI – we held our Mine Surveying Seminar. launch of the WA Mentoring Program and office warming party! See below for more details on these events.  

Also included are details about the establishment of a new Indian Ocean Rim Engagement Working Group which SSSI WA is seeking nominations for. More details below. 

Happy reading and I hope to see you at LIFE2019!  

Johanna Gastevich
WA Regional Operations Manager



Location Forum Intelligence and Exhibition (LIFE2019) will be held on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at Optus Stadium, Perth. 

This event will showcase how location-based and spatial technologies give businesses a competitive edge, and how location intelligence underpins emergency response, transport, agriculture and construction.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Register Now.

Program to be released later this week! 

Interested in sponsoring LIFE2019? Check out LIFE2019 for our sponsorship prospectus. 



Nominations are now open for the 2019 Asia-Pacific Spacial Excellence Awards for Western Australia. 

The Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals and showcase the finest projects and most significant performance of professionals that the Western Australia Surveying and Spatial Industry has to offer.

Projects and individuals attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers and pre-eminent in their field.

Individual award categories include:

  • Professional of the Year
  • Women's Leadership Award
  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Education Development Award
  • Postgraduate Student Award
  • Undergraduate Student Award

Nominations have been extended and now close Friday 9 August 2019. 

To nominate for an APSEA click here.



The SSSI WA invites you to nominate for a new Indian Ocean Rim Engagement Working Group

WA is uniquely placed in Australia to engage with major trading partners and developing nations in Southern Asia and the Indian Ocean rim.

The new working group will identify and advise the SSSI WA and its partners on opportunities for:

  • regional collaboration in surveying and spatial sciences, including innovative solutions developed in other jurisdictions with potential applications in Australia
  • WA contributions to capacity building across the region
  • regional and sub-regional cooperation to leverage public and private investment in STEM education and spatial infrastructures
  • research on the evolving geospatial ecosystem in the region, including how surveying and spatial capabilities can inform other STEM disciplines
  • education and outreach to groups at national and local levels
  • participation in conferences and events that connect communities of practice in surveying and spatial sciences and STEM 
  • recognition and promotion of excellence in surveying and spatial sciences.

There is no set approach to how the working group will operate. That's something you'll be able to decide as a member.

If you have something to offer the SSSI in WA or would like further details, please email Please include your contact details and a brief on what you think you could contribute.

Expressions of interest close Friday 30 August 2019



The new financial year started with a very successful WA Mine Surveying Seminar held on 3 July which was co-hosted by SSSI WA and the WA Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors. Over 75 people attended and listened to a range of speakers who addressed four key areas:

  • Automation and the future
  • Control and monitoring
  • UAV advances
  • Technology showcase

Many thanks to our event sponsors:

SSSI WA was also proud to launch the 2019 WA Mentoring Program at our office welcome party held on 26July 2019. It was a very wet and wild evening, so we were very happy to welcome around 30 members and guests to hear more about the Mentoring Program and also take a tour of the new office space.

YP Chair, Roshni Sharma who is based in Sydney, joined us via video conference and further discussed the YP mentoring program and its benefits to mentors and mentees. 2018 YP Mentoring Program mentor, Nicholas Flett then shared his experience of being part of the program – both a rewarding and valuable experience. We were also fortunate to have a number of mentors and mentees in the audience. 

After the presentation guests were invited to take a tour of the new office space and check out all the facilities. Members are welcome to email to organise a visit and tour. 

Special thanks to CR Kennedy who are the National Sponsors of the 2019 YP Mentoring Program.



It’s Time to Renew!
Thanks again for your continuing membership and support of SSSI over the past year. By now you would have received your renewal notice for the 2019/2020 financial year, along with a letter from the President and CEO, outlining our achievements over the past year and our goals to optimise the benefits for our members in the year ahead. If you have not received this information, please contact the National Office. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so before this Wednesday 31 July 2019

Online Renewal
To renew your membership online, please log in to with your membership login details and follow the instructions on screen. Once you have renewed online you will receive an invoice/receipt to your registered email address. 

If you have forgotten your password, please use the ‘Forgotten password’ facility via the member login page. Please contact your SSSI Regional Operations Manager or National Office if you cannot access SSSI online or you require further assistance in renewing your membership. To ensure continued access to member services please renew your membership as soon as possible. 


Every year the WA Mining Club, in conjunction with industry co-sponsors, offers a number of scholarships to encourage and foster the development of the next generation of leaders within Western Australia’s mining sector.  We would be grateful if you could circulate this information to anyone you think might be eligible so they can consider applying for one of the scholarships.

In 2019 nine $10,000 scholarships will be awarded in the following categories: Geology, Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector (two scholarships), Resource Related Engineering Discipline, Engineering in the Mining Sector, Metallurgy, Environmental Sciences in the Mining Sector and Indigenous Student Scholarship (two scholarships).

For more information and application details to go to  



Don't forget the South East Asia Survey Congress is fast approaching! To view the full program click here.

Key highlights of the event include:

  • Focus on hot topics including UAV’s, BIM, Remote Sensing, Digital Twin, Cadastral Modernization, Positioning, Next Generation Capacity Building and Industry Diversity
  • Network with leading decision makers  from across the Asia Pacific Surveying and Geospatial sector
  • Develop your business, skills and opportunity to position your talents for a fast growing market for geospatial and surveying in Asia through technical workshops and forums
  • Develop your future leaders at our a full-day Young Professionals Day.  

Visit the website:

Qantas, in conjunction with our partner airlines, are offering registered attendees and travel partners special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal, plus free membership to the Qantas Frequent Flyers Program. Joining usually costs $89.50, but SEASC 2019 attendees can join for free. 

More information here

SEASC CPD Points allocation:​

SSSI WA UAV Workshop
Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: GHD
Register: HERE

Date: Wednesday 4 September 2019
Time: from 8:30am – late
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth



SSSI WA has now moved to its new office!

Our office will be located at:
Riff – 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth. 

Riff is a custom-designed co-working space and we are looking forward to being part of the collaborative work community and sharing the space with our members. For further information about Riff visit:

SSSI WA Representatives


Johanna Gastevich
WA Regional Operations Manager

Lesley Arnold                    
WA Regional Chair


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