Now that all the dust has settled, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the success of SSSI’s recent collaboration with the ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (ASEAN FLAG) in hosting the South East Asian Surveying Congress. I wish to recognise the efforts of Craig Sandy, Rob Sarib and Gaby Van Wyk helping to secure the ASEAN Congress in Darwin after 20 years, with the last congress on Australian soil held in Fremantle in 1999.
At SEASC19, we had over 400 attendees, with more than half from Asia, and a program of more than 120 speakers from 19 countries, presenting on a hugely diverse range of topics including UAV’s, BIM, Remote Sensing, Digital Twins, Cadastral Modernisation, Positioning, Next Generation Capacity Building and Industry Diversity.
The congress truly held up to its theme of Collaboration, Communication and Capacity Building with leading decision makers and their teams from across the Asia Pacific surveying and geospatial sector taking the chance to learn and network across the four days. The exhibition, technical workshops and fantastic Young Professional Day, were also standout highlights of the event.
Everybody I spoke to onsite and after the Congress have all agreed – the feeling of working together to share insights, knowledge and experiences not just with colleagues from their own country but from many nations, was palpably exciting and inspiring. I would like to sincerely thank the convenors, all of the volunteers, staff and contractors for their tireless dedication and commitment to putting on an outstanding SEASC event.
Also just a reminder to get involved in the SSSI 2019 Annual General Meeting, this year taking place on Friday 25 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre, and electronically via GotoMeeting. Join us and take the opportunity to help shape the SSSI of the future.