SSSI WA News - October 2018

September 30, 2018

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Western Australia as of October 2018.


Chair Report

WA Regional Chair -  Lesley Arnold

It is with pleasure that I announce and welcome our new Regional Operations Manager Johanna Gastevich to SSSIWA.  Johanna comes to us with vast experience working in similar associations to SSSI, such as Engineers Australia, Lean Construction Institute Australia, the Council of Built Environment Design Professions Limited and the Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association. Johanna has worked at both a National and State level and has a real appreciation of the complexities and rewards of working for a not-for-profit organisation. I would like to personally thank Danielle Stefani and Kieran Smyth for doing an excellent job of managing operations while recruitment was underway.

Johanna could not have started at a more critical time in the year. The Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition (LIFE 2018) is quickly approaching and is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 19th October.

The Organising Committee has worked tirelessly to present an exciting program featuring many distinguished speakers.  This year we welcome three international speakers –John Kedar from Ordnance Survey UK, Tim Trainor, former Chief Geospatial Scientist from the US Census Bureau, and Andrew Coote from ConsultingWhere UK will connect us to global opportunities to leverage Australian innovation in location tech.  We are also very pleased to announce that the Hon Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police and Road Safety, will open LIFE 2018. Visit our event website for further information and don’t forget to register:

Organising the Location Intelligence Forum and Exhibition has required a mammoth amount of effort.  This message is an opportunity to single out those who have contributed immensely to bring you an amazing array of speakers.   I am very grateful to Damian Shepherd, Dr Petra Helmholz, Aaron Gibson, Tony Snow, Darren Mottolini, Lisa Dykes and David Belton who have used their phenomenal network to cultivate an exceptional program.

LIFE 2018

The experience, energy and inspiration of our speakers make LIFE2018 a not to be missed event. 

The Forum will be opened by Honourable Michelle Roberts Minister for Police and Road Safety.

Jeremy Hurst from SpaceToCo and Siobhan Lancaster from Instatruck have used location tech to tap into the new sharing economy. Chris Dorian and his team at Buildsort are using blockchain to simplify building approvals; and Dave Newman and the Ovass team are helping business combine the power of AI and imagery to make faster decisions.

Paul Farrell from NGIS, Peter Kinne from Digital Globe, and Stuart Minchin and Graham Hammond from Geoscience Australia will talk about how Australians are using location tech to work with our regional neighbours to respond quickly to emergencies and major global challenges.

Location tech takes to robots in the air and on the water in the Surveying Tomorrow stream with Geoffrey Robb from RM Surveys, Nicolas Addy from LandSurveys and Matt Power from insight UAS.

Dr Ian Martinus from the City of Wanneroo will discuss how local government is responding to the opportunities of an expanding transport network in Perth. And Jim Wyatt from Innovation Central at Curtin University, Dirk Wagemans from Hexagon Geospatial, Glenn Morrison from AAM, Matt Schneider from Optika Solutions, Christian Larsen from Glassterra and Andrew Compson from Bentley Systems will share their experience in applying virtual and augmented reality, connected devices through the Internet of Things, and AI across industries, including mining, agriculture and planning.

Paul Asphar from the Landgate Strata Reform team, supported by Murray Dolling Senior Consultant, will be outlining what will be considered by the regulations required to support the Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 and the Community Titles Bill 2018.

Register now at:

APSEA Gala Dinner WA. 

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 Surveying and Spatial Industry have to offer. Projects and individuals attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers and pre-eminent in their field.

The APSEA Gala dinner is held Friday, 19th October, 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, immediately after LIFE 2018.

Discounted dinner tickets can be booked when you register for LIFE 2018 or book a table of eight.  Register at

Introducing WA Regional Operations Manager, Johanna Gastevich

Johanna Gastevich commenced as the WA Regional Operations Manager for SSSI in early September. She has worked in the not for profit sector for the majority of her career in a range of industry sectors and has over 15 years senior management experience.

Prior to joining LCIA, Johanna was the Executive Officer for the Lean Construction Institute of Australasia Limited for three years and prior to this was the Executive Officer for the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) for five years. Johanna has also had senior roles at Engineers Australia’s national office located in Canberra and the Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions (BEDP) Limited located in Melbourne. Johanna was also the inaugural Executive Officer of the Western Australia Sustainable Energy Association (WASEA) which she helped form in 2002.

Johanna looks forward to meeting our members at LIFE 2018


Events Coming Up 


There is plenty to look forward to in November after LIFE 2018.  SAVE THE DATe for the following events:

  • Industry Golf Day – 28th November, 2018 – Start putting together you team. A big thank you to Peter Bowen and Colin Shipp for organising this annual event. Register now:

  • Fellows Dinner – 20th November, 2018 (More details to come!)

  • Map-a-thon – Back by popular demand - late November – A big thank you to NGIS for sponsoring this event (More details to come!)

  • Land Surveying Commission Event – 16 November, 2018 (More details to come!)




SSSI WA Representatives

Lesley Arnold                    
WA Regional Chair



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