Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Western Australia as of May 2019.
Locate19 was a huge a success with over 900 delegates and great presentations. Western Australia did well in the APSEA awards. This year Dr Safoora Zaminpardaz was awarded Postgraduate Student of the Year, and NGIS and Decipher were awarded the Innovation and Commercialisation Award and the J.K. Barrie Award for Decipher. Congratulations to all.
Last month the committee made considerable progress on the upcoming Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition for 2019 (LIFE2019). The sponsorship prospectus is nearly completed and will be available from next week. This Forum is shaping up to be really exciting – with a 'drone zone' being set-up on the Optus Stadium Oval. Make sure you Save the Date for Wednesday 4th September. We are just getting in before footy finals kick-off.
We have also been gearing up to move premises. That’s right – we are on the move and we are very excited about being in the heart of the action. Stay tuned for more information and for our office party too!
This coming month we are launching th YP Mentoring Program for 2019. This proved hugely successful last year, and we have 82 mentees enrolled. With so many young proferssionals signing up we urgently need more mentors. Please consider being a mentor. You can apply at https://forms.gle/Q2gS4zypL7YbDKiF9. It’s a great opportunity to pass on some of your experience to someone starting out in the industry or someone who has been working for a few years and is looking to further their career. As someone who has been both mentee and mentor, I can highly recommend the program – it is hugely rewarding for both, and often is a trigger to a long and enduring friendship.
Our next big national event is the South East Asia Surveying Congress (SEASC2019) to be held in Darwin 15-18 August. SEASC2019 will showcase surveying and geospatial capabilities from Australia and Internationally. SEASC2019 will also host the ASEAN Flag - a FIG and UNGGIM supported event. It does not get any bigger than this. Representatives of these and many other national and international associations and bodies will be in attendance. Early bird closes Monday 20th May – so don’t delay. Darwin conferences are always the liveliest and most entertaining events. You’ll love it.
This month’s 'Five minutes with...' is with Aaron Gibson. Aaron, you will remember, was SSSI WA Young Professional of the Year 2018. You can read his interview below. You can also catch-up with Aaron on the last Teusday of each month at the Land Surveying Commission Events, which he chairs - contact the SSSI WA office for more info if you would like to come along to the next meeting.
A new feature to the WA Geomessage! Each month we will feature and profile a surveying and spatial science professional. This month, we are very proud to feature Aaron Gibson!
1. Please give us an idea of your professional background
I started working in cadastral surveys after graduating from Curtin University in 2010. Working under experienced Licensed surveyors I qualified as a Licensed surveyor in March 2015 with experience in all manner of urban cadastral surveys as well as rural road widening works being undertaken for the realignment of various country roads.
My interest in contributing to developing the surveying industry as well as ensuring its sustainability, led me to put my hand up to be part of the Land Surveying Commission. I became the Land Surveying Commission Chair for SSSI in September 2017 and was recognised as the SSSI Young Professional of the Year for Western Australia in 2018.
2. What do you enjoy most about your job?
One of the things I enjoy the most is having the opportunity to spend time outdoors - I did a lot of it when I was a kid and definitely wanted to incorporate it into my working life. At the same time, I really like the challenge presented in working back to what a surveyor did 25, 50, 100 or 150 years ago.
3. Who influenced you to get into the Spatial industry?
I went to a careers expo at the old Burswood dome at the start of year 11. When I say “went”, I mean “dragged by my mum” who was pretty desperate to have me pick something to study. While there I was drawn to the Curtin representative talking about the indoors and outdoors components of surveying, with my interest piqued I applied for the course. In the summer holidays before the course I was lucky enough to spend some time doing work experience in surveying before starting at university and that put me in a position where I could understand what I was getting myself into. The surveyor I worked with during that work experience was a great person to introduce me to the industry and show me the ropes. I learnt a lot in those first 8 weeks and they put me in good standing to begin my journey in surveying.
4. What is the best thing about being a spatial professional?
The collection of spatial professionals is a wide ranging one. You have fields, such as surveying, which are very much ancient (how else would the Egyptians get the pyramids to be almost perfectly square?) and morphing through to the more modern day information based systems. Looking at how people have taken seemingly unrelated fields and make them all work together really impresses me.
5. What are you most looking forward to being a part of in the next six months?
It has been an interesting past 6 months for me as I was involved with the Land Surveyors Licensing Board’s revision and updating of the Special Survey Area guidelines. I think that planning a wedding in Mexico will be taking up the majority of my time! Aside from that, I am looking towards planning the upcoming professional development evenings for the Land Surveying Commission as well as working with the LIFE2019 planning committee to ensure that there will be sufficient cadastral contend to keep the Licensed surveyors interested and entertained.
6. Most spatial industry people are travellers, so what is your favourite country to visit and why?
I’ve been to a lot of places and so far, my favourite country has been Spain. I’m expecting that as I spend more time in Mexico over the next few years, it will quickly be moving to be at the top of the list. They are both great places to find amazing food as well as great people with huge amounts of cultural heritage.
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.
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:
LIFE2019 – SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, 4th September, 2019
SSSI WA Representatives
WA Regional Operations Manager
WA Regional Chair