WA Region News – May 2022

May 30, 2022


A special welcome to the members from WA who have recently joined SSSI.

  • Matthew McAloon, EMSC
  • Jack Henharen, EMSC
  • Sijmen Drenth, EMSC
  • Jack Harrington, EMSC
  • Henry Johnson, HC
  • Adelmo Mancini, HC
  • Anthony Goodwin, LSC
  • Jesus Escalante, SICC
  • Carla Fortuna, SICC
  • Emily Allen, SICC
  • Wai Kit Lau, SICC
  • Majid Nooroolah Doost, LSC
  • Riley Pilcher, LSC
  • Felipe Merola Etcheverry, RSPC

 VALE - Will featherstone

 Members may have heard the sad news of the recent   passing of Will Featherstone. 

 Will’s primary research area was physical geodesy,       especially geoid determination and vertical datums. A     particular impact of Will’s research was his leadership   of three computations of the Australian geoid,   AUSGeoid98, AUSGeoid09 and AUSGeoid2020,   adopted by AUSLIG/Geoscience Australia for the free provision of orthometric heights for end users throughout Australia. Most of Will’s research was prestigiously funded by the Australian Research Council continuously for nearly 30 years. 

Will's drive, enthusiasm and hard work was fundamental to the initiation and building from scratch of a major geodetic research group at Curtin, particularly in physical geodesy, attracting new staff, research students and visiting researchers from all over the world.

At Curtin, Will took on substantial administration and management duties, including Head of Department, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies coordinator, and member of both Academic Senate and Academic Board. Will’s core teaching duties included running a popular residential fieldwork course in geodetic surveying at Guilderton, Western Australia. This ‘field camp’ ran for over 25 years for 2-4 weeks every September, and, it is fair to say, provided a ‘baptism by fire’ for most of Perth’s professional surveyors.

Will was an excellent speaker and presenter, able to articulate complex problems and concepts simply and concisely. He was quick-witted, fun to work with, and incredibly trustworthy and loyal. 

Thank you to Dr Nigel Penna, Newcastle University (UK) and John Kirby, Curtin University for these words. The upcoming edition of Position Magazine will include more details about Will's life. 

Funeral details
Please join Will's family in celebrating his life on FRIDAY 03.06.2022 at FREMANTLE Cemetery, East Chapel. Guests are requested to gather at the main entrance to the cemetery (Samson Pavilion) between 2:30 and 2:45pm for the procession to the chapel. The service will then commence at 3:00pm.
The service will be livestreamed - click here for further details


We are pleased to announce that Craig Tranter, Survey Manager/Licensed Surveyor at Cottage Surveys has been appointed Chair, WA LSC! 

A big thank you to Aaron Gibson who has served as an exceptional Chair over the past few years. 

The next SSSI WA LSC Meeting will be held from 5:30pm on Tuesday 28 June 2022. This will be both a face to face and online meeting. More details to come! 

SSSI National Webinar series 

SSSI is committed to delivering a lively and robust CPD program. SSSI is proud of its National Webinar Series. Showcasing national and international speakers discussing relevant topics of interest to the spatial and surveying professions. 

To see a list of all upcoming Webinars click here

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