SSSI WA News – February 2020

January 31, 2020



  • Chair Report

  • SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon

  • Register for Locate20

  • SSSI WA Representatives


Welcome to the SSSI WA February Geomessage! It is hard to believe the first month of 2020 has passed. The SSSI WA Regional Management Committee met in early January to plan the events calendar and activities for 2020. It was a robust and lively discussion and I look forward to sharing the outcomes of our discussions in the next Geomessage column. 

One event that is fast approaching is the SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon. This is being held on Sunday, 9th February, 2020 and is a great way for the surveying spatial profession to contribute to the bushfore recovery process. More details about the Map-a-thon are included with the Geomessage or click here for further information and registration details.

If any members have comments or feedback on events or intiatives you would like SSSI WA to pursue in 2020, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Darren Mottolini
Chair, SSSI WA

SSSI WA Regional Management Committee Planning Session




Registrations are now open for the SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon!

The SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon is being held on Sunday, 9th February, 2020 and registrations are now open! To register visit: SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon

SSSI is thankful to the surveying and geospatial community for reaching out to assist with the bushfire recovery effort and for the continued offers of assistance from individuals and businesses from within Australia and globally.

How do I know the data I am collecting will be put to good use?
SSSI has reached out to government, academia, professional bodies and allied associations to understand how best the surveying and spatial professionals can respond and can create value for the communities impacted by recent fires. This Map-a-thon provides a way we can all contribute to the information needed by agencies delivering recovery services and those researchers and data analysts looking at future preparedness scenarios.

What areas will the Map-a-thon be focusing on?
This map-a-thon is focusing on areas that have been devastated by the recent bushfires. OpenStreetMap will be used for data collection in conjunction with government data and imagery. The Map-a-thon aims to collect information relating to burnt infrastructure (homes, outbuildings, facilities, fences and power poles etc). The information is intended as a guide for recovery efforts to supplement authoritative data sources where no data exists. This information will be validated and verified at a later date.

How can I participate?
You are able to participate in the Map-a-thon in three ways (and from anywhere in the world):

  1. Individually - from the comfort of your own home/office or any preferred location
  2. As a team - form a team with family, friends and colleagues and map from the comfort of your won home/office or preferred location
  3. In person at one of our seven locations (Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart) around Australia  (please check ticket info prior to selecting this option)

For those who have registered, information on how to link to the map-a-thon will be emailed a few days prior to the event.

I’ve never mapped before in my life – can I still participate?
If you have no experience participating in a Map-a-thon - no worries! You will be supplied with all the tools required to Map!

If you really want to participate in the Map-a-thon but are unable to on the 9th February, 2020 - no worries! The link to the Map-a-thon will be active for a few months. We are aiming for this to be the first in a series of Map-a-thons.

Visit SSSI National Busfhire Recovery Map-a-thon for more information


Registrations are now Open for Locate20! 

Exploring the themes Convergence, Collaboration and Community, Locate20 will be held from the 28-30 April, 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. For further event details (and check out the program!) visit Locate20 





Johanna Gastevich
WA Regional Operations Manager

Darren Mottolini                 
WA Regional Chair


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