President's Report October 2018


gypsy10.jpgDr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FSSSI 


I deem it a great privilege and honour to serve our respected members in my capacity as President of our beloved and prestigious Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). I’d like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Immediate Past President, Mr Gaby Van Wyk, all former Presidents, CEOs and General Managers, current and past Board Members, region and commission leaders and staff for their dedication and passion in developing a strong SSSI to date.

I look forward to meeting our members during the upcoming regional conferences and APSEA regional awards, to listen for any ideas and feedback on how to make a strong and vibrant SSSI.


SSSI is excited to collaborate and co-host three upcoming major events. I request our membership to make use of these events for professional development and career advancement:

  1. The FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap communities of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands are gathering for four incredible days of exploring open source geospatial tech & open data.  The overall event is made up of a full day of workshops, a two day conference, a free Community Day, and social events in the vibrant city of Melbourne during  November 20-23, 2018.
  2. Locate19: Where To Next? Location, How We Drive Our Digital Future is the theme of the conference. The Locate Conference will explore how geospatial science is underpinning the rapid changes we are experiencing now in the fourth industrial revolution. From advanced data capture techniques, positioning, data analytics, artificial intelligence to strategy and policy. The conference will be held during 8 – 10 April, 2019 in Melbourne.
  3. The South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC 2019) will be held in Darwin from the 15-18 August 2019 at the Darwin Convention Centre. This is the first time since Fremantle in 1999, that Australia has hosted a joint international congress with the ASEAN Flag Surveying nations. The theme of the conference is:  Collaboration, Communication And Capacity Building In The 21st Century. It is anticipated that over 500 surveyors across Asia Pacific region will attend this international congress and include surveyors from across South East Asia, The Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. The conference will focus on how the surveying remains relevant to the needs of society through working collaboratively to meet the future technical, social and environmental challenges in digitally connected surroundings.


Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FSSSI
Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

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