SSSI WA News – March 2020

February 29, 2020

I just want to say a particular thanks to all those WA surveyors and spatial scientists who participated in the SSSI Bushfire Map-a-thon on Sunday 9 February. 

The Map-a-thon was held in six locations across Australia, with over 40 teams in office or home locations, over 120 individuals participating at one of our six locations around Australia and nearly 300 individuals from within Australia and over 100 from overseas from 26 countries participating.

A total of 2,793,879 hectares were mapped, with 15,731 edits, 13,891 building edits, 1,091 damaged features mapped and 945 damaged buildings mapped to date. It is believed the SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon is one of the largest single mapping events ever held in Australasia.

Thanks also to the Sponsors, staff, volunteers and YPs who helped out on the day to make the event such a success, particularly our local SSSI staff member Johanna Gastevich and Board Director Lesley Arnold who put in a mammoth effort for the event.

Darren Mottolini
Chair, SSSI WA

PhD scholarship AVAILABLE  

Prehospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit (PRECRU) in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicinem, Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University, is looking for a candidate with the background in Spatial Sciences to help with their research in reducing fatalities in cardiac arrest episodes through more efficient spatial predictions. Further information about the Scholarship is available here


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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