Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FSSSI
I would like to take the opportunity to thank SSSI Members and all involved in the Locate19 Conference, held in Melbourne on 8–10 April. I particularly would like to thank the Locate19 convenors Glenn Cockerton and Katherine Williams for their leadership in delivering a successful and quality conference and raising the bar of the event to next level. I would also like to congratulate all of the nominees and winners from the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) dinner – it was so inspiring to celebrate the achievements of surveying and spatial professionals across our region. Please see our wrap up story from Locate19 for details of all the deserving winners.
Following on from the success of this event, SSSI’s next major conference is the South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC), taking place in Darwin on 15–19 August. I strongly encourage you and your network to consider attending this event – it promises to be a fantastic opportunity to collaborate and learn with colleagues from across Australia and ASEAN Countries. The program has been published and more details are available here.
Geospatial World Forum 2019
On behalf of SSSI, I wish to congratulate RMIT University in Melbourne for being recognised as the Geospatial Research Institute of the Year and Geospatial World Industry Award Winner, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia for the project, Location SA: Geospatial Intelligence Capabilities and Extensive Geospatial Data Services to Government, Industry and the General Public. The Awards were presented at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam held 2–4 April.
FIG 2019 Hanoi
It was a great pleasure and honour to represent SSSI at the FIG General Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam. The FIG Working week was held 22–26 April 2019. Congratulations to Dr Daniel Paez (NSW), Assoc. Prof David Mitchell (SSSI VIC), Dr Mohsen Kalantari (SSSI VIC) and Rob Sarib (SSSI NT) for their FIG leadership roles for the term of 2019–22. I am also pleased to note that Prof Allison Kealy (RMIT) et al received a Best Paper Award. The USA's bid for the 2023 FIG working week to be held in Orlando was successful. Peter Olah and I participated at the regional forum and President’s forum during FIG Working Week. It was also nice to see Matt Higgins (Former FIG Vice President) in action at FIG meetings. Narelle Underwood, Surveyor General NSW represented SSSI at the Commission 7– Cadstre and Land Management. We also had the opportunity to meet and discuss collaboration with the President of Surveying & Spatial New Zealand, Rebecca Strang. Prof Abbas Rajabifard along with Prof Kevin McDougall launched the FIG Commission 3 publication on Volunteered Geographic Information. Robyn McCutcheon (Former SSSI VIC Chair) has been leading the Women in Spatial initiative at FIG. Sudarshan Karki (DNRME Qld and SSSI Qld Member) presented a paper at FIG. In total there were 52 Australian delegates. It was a wonderful experience and we look forward to presenting our Australian bid for FIG 2024 in Brisbane at the Amsterdam FIG Working Week 2020.
As always, feel free to contact me or any of the SSSI staff if you have any queries, feedback or suggestions.