Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Western Australia as of March 2019.
WA Regional Chair - Dr Lesley Arnold
Locate 2019 is just around the corner and promises to be another thought-provoking conference. The full program has been released. With seven streams, there is something of interest for everyone. For the curious – find out how geospatial intelligence is transforming the insurance industry, what’s driving our digital future and the demographic trends shaping out use of digital technologies and data.
Our next local event is happening on 6th March at Optus Stadium. We are celebrating International women’s day with a breakfast to hear from Geospatial Scientist Mary-Ellen Feeney as she takes us on her journey through Antarctica. This event is an opportunity to acknowledge the important role women play in the geospatial science and sustainable development. I urge you to support this event and find out how you, your wives, daughters, sisters, nieces and mothers can get involved in the next Homeward Bound Expedition. Thank you to our sponsor NGIS and supporter Jacobs for making this ‘not to be missed breakfast’ possible.
Our first CPD night for Land Surveyors was a huge success and tickets sold out in just a few days. A big thank you to Bernie Bernhardt from RM Surveys for taking members and friends on a behind the scenes tour of the stadium from a surveyors perspective. If you missed out, you will be please to know that we are considering holding the event again and have started a wait list. Don’t miss out again - email our Regional Office Manager Johanna Gastevich (email@example.com) if you are interested in the next tour.
SAVE the Date – Our Western Australian Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition is shaping to be bigger than ever. We are already planning –Optus stadium is booked and we have approval for drones to be flown across the oval. So put the 4th September in your calendars.
Congratulations to Craig Madden for recently being appointed to the position of Executive Manager and Secretary of the Land Surveying Licensing Board. We look forward to working closely with Craig. Graeme Holloway held the position for many years and did an exemplary service for our community. Thank you Graeme and best wishes for your retirement.
The Land Surveying Commission (LSC) meets the last Tuesday of every month and is open to all Members. Congratulations to LSC members for putting together an excellent submission in response to Leasehold Schemes: Strata Titles Regulations Discussion Paper. For copies of the response – please contact Johanna Gastevich. Again, well done to LSC. Great turnout last month – I understand the pizza made it round but more warranted for next meeting.
I attended the Curtin Orientation Day again this year and was pleased to note that the numbers of new surveying undergraduates has increased, as well as an increase in those starting the Postgrad in GIS. A big welcome to those students who have recently joined. I look forward to meeting you at our events throughout the year.
A big welcome also to our new members who have joined in the last few months. I hope to meet you soon. After our breakfast event, we have our GIS and Cartography site event at the Jandakot airport – in the hangar on the 21st March. It’s a great opportunity to see up close the aircraft that captures our aerial imagery. Thank you to Eagle View for giving us this special opportunity.
Thank you to our committee and Johanna for their hard work over the last few months. Congratulations to Linda Skoog for becoming our Western Australian Representative on the National Women in Spatial Committee. There is a lot happening in this space including the Diversity Strategy being developed by SIBA and SIBA. Stay tuned for more information on this Strategy.
WA LAND SURVEYING COMMISSION SUBMISSIONS
The SSSI WA Land Surveying Commission has submitted feedback in response to a number of recently released discussion papers. Click on the links to download our submissions:
Many thanks to our members who have contributed to these submission.
LAND SURVEYING TOUR OF OPTUS STADIUM
SSSI Land Surveying members and friends participated in a tour of Optus Stadium. This sell out tour was lead by guide, Bjorn Bernhardt from RM Surveys and covered the following areas:
- Control and the dynamic environment
- Ground improvement
- Dynamic Steel structure
- Asbuilt verification/documentation
It was also a treat for all surveyors to walk on the oval!
Following the tour, Landgate and the Survey Inspector gave updates. SSSI is keen to hold another tour in the future – so keep tuned!
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.
SAVE THE DATE – LIFE2019
The SSSI WA Committee is pleased to announce our 2019 Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition (LIFE2019) will be held on Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 at Optus Stadium. Please save the date in your diaries.
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:
EXPEDITION TO ANTARTICA
Featuring Mary-Ellen Feeney, who recently returned from a month long expedition to Antarctica. Hear about the role of spatial in planning and completing this expedition!
Wednesday, 6th March, 2019
7:30am – 9:00am
FEW TICKETS REMAINING – BOOK NOW
SAVE THE DATE – GOING PLACES 15: AIR / AIRBOURNE
A Joint Initiative by: Spatial Information & Cartography Commission, WA and Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Commission, WA. The Going Places Seminar Series offers a great opportunity to share “know how” in an informal, interactive setting with other like-minded spatial professionals.
Thursday, 21st March, 2019
MORE DETAILS SOON!
LIFE2019 – SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, 4th September, 2019
SSSI WA Representatives
WA Regional Operations Manager
WA Regional Chair