SSSI WA News – July 2019

June 30, 2019



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Welcome to the SSSI WA June Geomessage! 

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 26 July 2019 – full ticket prices in this edition! Later this week we will release the full program, so stay tuned!

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.

We are also very happy to have moved into our new office space, located at 45 St Georges Terrace. Further detials in this Geomessage – make sure you drop by for a cup of tea! 

Happy New Financial Year to you all! 

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.

We are excited to announce that our opening speakers are Andrew Morumburri Dowding, Director at Winyama Digital Solutions, joined by Paul Farrell, Managing Director of NGIS Australia; and Chris Barber, Location Information Lead from the Westport Taskforce. Our full program will be available soon!

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 close Friday 26 July 2019.

To nominate for an APSEA click here.


YP Initiatives


Information about 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 YPs are championing the SEASC 2019 Young Professionals Poster Competition.


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. 



One (1) A3 poster (colour or black and white) that fits the theme and the judging requirements (see below) submitted in digital format (pdf preferred) to accompanied by an Entry Form (


  • 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 the industry
  • Poster must be accompanied by an Entry Form 


To stay up to date with SEASC 2019, subscribe to the newsletter at To register, head to

Curtin University Spatial Awards Ceremony


SSSI WA was proud to support the Curtin University – Spatial Sciences Prizes and Awards Ceremony 2019. Congratulations to:

  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (WA Region) – Spatial Information and Cartography Commission Award for Excellence – awarded to the best first year student in the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) –
    Mr Mitchell Sage
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (WA Region) – Spatial Information and Cartography Commission Prize, C W A Lewis Memorial Award –awarded to the best second-year student in the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) – 
    Mr Karl Paul
  • The Tony Pivac Prize – donated by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (WA Region) – Engineering and Mine Surveying Commission to the best student in the subjects of engineering surveying and mine surveying –
    Mr Liam Kearney 
  • The John Cavill Memorial Prize – donated by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (WA Region) – Land Surveying Commission awarded to the best graduating student in the area of applied field surveying – 
    Mr Travis Long
  • The John Forrest Prize – donated by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (WA Region) – Land Surveying Commission – awarded to the dux of the Bachelor of Surveying program – 
    Mr Riley Pilcher
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (WA Region) – Spatial Information and Cartography Commission Prize, the N.S. Bartlett Memorial Award –  awarded to the dux of the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) – 
    Ms Sin Lam Lei
  • The Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (WA Region) – Engineering and Mine Surveying Commission prize  – awarded to the Dux  of the Bachelor of Science  (Mine and Engineering Surveying program) – 
    Mr Sean Taylor
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute  (WA Region) – Spatial Information & Cartography Commission  D B Johnston Award for Excellence in Postgraduate studies in the spatial sciences area – awarded the best overall Postgraduate Student – 
    Dr Safoora Zaminpardaz

  Congratulations to all the award recipients! 




SSSI WA is pleased to support the Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW) Australia, which takes place in Perth, Western Australia on 16–18 July 2019.

The goal of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop is to build the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia to use mapping tools to map and monitor their lands and tell their stories of connection with the land and water.

The IMW Australia is free to attend and participants will receive training from Google, Mapbox and Esri! IMW attendees will learn about using mapping tools to collect, host, visualise, share and publish map data.  

How do I apply?
The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is application only. Fill out the form on the website to enter into the application process. 

Please apply through the website:
Interested in volunteering?

IMW is looking for volunteers with experience in the following technologies: 
•    QGIS
•    ArcGIS Pro
•    Fulcrum
•    Mapbox
•    Google
Depending on your tech expertise and where you feel you can add value, you will be required to attend for at least two hours a session. The program can be found here.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Andrew Dowding:



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 has now moved to its new office!

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

An office-warming party will be held later in July – stay tuned for further details!

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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