WA Region March Update

March 28, 2018
Chairs Message

The WA Region has had a huge start to the year with events.  By now you should have received your Members Annual ‘Insight 2018’ in the mail.  Should it be misplaced, an electronic copy can always be found here on the SSSI website.

Coming up in April and May
  • E&MSC Seminar:  Perth Airport Tunnel Construction – The Engineering Surveyor’s Role.  This Site Visit will include a Technical Briefing and viewing of a full scale model TBM. Don't miss this one!  When: 12 April 2018

Click here for further information and to book tickets.

  • Curtin Spatial Sciences Colloquium with special guest speaker Associate Professor Guenther Retscher who will be presenting on Differential Wi-Fi.  A new opportunity for localisation of individuals and groups of smartphone app users. When: 5 April 2018

 Click here for further information and to book tickets.

  • Engineering & Mining Surveying Regional Forum in collaboration with AIMS will be held at Ambrose Estate, Wembley Golf Course.  The Call for Papers and Partnering Opportunities documents are out now. When: 15th May 2018

Tickets will be released soon - Save the Date!

Commission Meetings

The next SSSI WA Engineering & Mine Surveying Commission Meeting is scheduled for the 17th April.  

SSSI WA Land Surveying Commission Meetings are scheduled for the 24th April and 22nd May.

The SSSI WA Travel Grant

Travel Grant Applications for YP’s are now open.  Click here for further information on submissions.  Applications close 30 April 2018.  Don’t miss out.

Curtin Orientation Day

I was fortunate to attend the Curtin Orientation day for new students.  It was great to see so many interested in the surveying and spatial sciences profession.  On the day, many joined as student members of the SSSI.  So be ready to see some new faces at upcoming events.

Past Events a Huge Success – Thank you

I would like to extend a big thank you to our speakers and to you, ‘Our Members’, for your continued support of these events. We hope you enjoyed them as much as the committee have enjoyed putting them on.

Our Land Surveying Seminar "Looking into the Future" was a popular event.   We must get a bigger room for our next LSC Seminar. Thanks are extended to all those who attended and to our guest speakers; Murray Dolling from Landgate, Jason St Martin from Beyond Blue and Loretta van Gasselt  from Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 

Our Hydrography Seminar "Working with Nature" was a huge success and with over 85 attendees, and this time, we were able to accommodate the high numbers with a last minute move to the larger theatre auditorium at the University Club.  Thank you to all those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the days presentations and insights into the Hydrography industry.  It was a great complement to all our speakers who put so much effort into their talks - and took us on an underwater journey from so many perspectives.  Thanks are extended to all those who presented; Simon Ironside, Linda Morgan - LMGeospatial, Celine Roux - QLD Government Department of Environment and Science, Phil Wells - Australian Hydrographic Society, James McCawley & Barry Clifford - Fugro, Pawel Michalek - Fugro Roames and Adam Lowry - 3DatDepth. We would also like to thank our special guests; Commordore Fiona Freeman - RAN, the Australasian Hydrographic Surveyors Certification Panel and the SSSI National Hydrography Commission Committee.

The Fundraiser at the Aspinall's Gallery was also a great success - thanks to our supportive SSSI community. The money raised will enable a Young Professional to attend a conference in the surveying and spatial sciences domain.  Our aim is to support career development through broader exposure to geospatial leaders, experts and innovators. The unique fundraising opportunity would not have been possible without the kindness and energy of the Aspinall's, who allowed us to experience their private collection of priceless artworks.  Thank you David and Kathy.

The February Curtin Spatial Sciences Colloquium was another popular event, and we have another instalment for you in April - see upcoming events above.  In February we were fortunate to hear from Dr Dimitri Bulatov on Semantic Scene Reconstruction – focusing on depth maps extraction.

SSSIWA is really fortunate to have the continued support of local high calibre presenters for our Going Places Seminars. From SSSIWA and all those who attended, we thank you for your generosity in sharing your exciting and varied experiences.

LACHLAN SHAW took us on a journey of discovery through his reconstruction of the Santo Antonio de Tanna Shipwreck using the latest imaging techniques;
VENKAT COIMBATORE presented us with unseen footage of our water infrastructure and how the department is now using drones for risky work inspections;
PETER FEARNS gave us a soapbox start-up motivational on his experiences working overseas as a consultant in environmental remote sensing;
OLIVER LOOKER gave us a high-resolution birds eye view of our ocean and water systems using the Planet Satellite Collection;
RALPH TALBOT-SMITH gave an overview of WA coastal data sets and how the billion dollar Australian funded bathymetry program will map currently uncharted waters and more; 
BRIAN BORUFF challenged us on how we view our water system vulnerability in our Wheatbelt; and
KERRY SMYTH wrapped the session up with a update on SSSI Professional Certification for those in the spatial sciences.

As you can see, February and March have been extremely busy months and we look forward to running many more exciting and innovative events for our members in the upcoming months. Stay tuned and watch this space.

I look forward to seeing you at the future events.

Dr Lesley Arnold
SSSI WA Region Chair


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