President's Report November 2019


It was a great honour to be re-elected as President of SSSI for a second-term after the October AGM. My first term as President was rewarding, occasionally challenging but overwhelmingly inspiring as I get to see first-hand the progress we are making towards positioning ourselves to become Australia’s pre-eminent membership organisation for geospatial and surveying professionals.

It is remarkable how quickly a year can go by and being bestowed this additional year of Presidency, means continuing to work with our members, office bearers, stakeholders and staff in shaping our Institute to ensure it delivers value and remains relevant in these complex times. 

It was sad to bid farewell to our retiring Board members, Franco Rea (South Australia), Kerry Smyth (Western Australia) and Richard Cullen (Hydrography Commission) who have each dedicated many years of expertise and strategic thinking to the Institute. For your time, passion and energy, I thank you all.

I am pleased to welcome our elected Board members, Nicholas Brown (ACT), Michael Grear (South Australia) and Dr Lesley Arnold (Western Australia).

It has been a very busy 12 months for SSSI and I encourage you all to review the SSSI Annual Report and read more about the exceptional work being undertaken by our Regions, Commissions and Special Interest Groups. I often feel inspired (and sometimes exhausted!) reading all the work that is being done within the Institute. Many thanks to the Commission and Regional Chairs, office bearers and staff for the vital role you play in SSSI’s success.

SSSI should be proud of all that has been achieved over the past 12 months. I would like to share with you some of my key highlights:

  • Adoption of the SSSI Strategic Roadmap
  • A very successful Locate19 held in Melbourne - 150 speakers, 40 exhibitors and a record breaking 900+ delegates
  • Introduction of the Young Professional Mentoring Program
  • SSSI proudly sponsored member Mary-Ellen Feeney on her Homeward Bound journey.
  • SSSI was represented at a number of International meetings including the FIG General Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam, 4th United Nations Expert Consultation and Meeting on the implementation guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress in China and 68th Council meeting of ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (The ASEAN FLAG).
  • A very active events and CPD calendar.

I am very pleased with the progress SSSI has made with the Strategic Roadmap, but so much more needs to be done. The Board’s priority at the moment is to find a new CEO proficient in driving our strategic vision. However, as this appointment process occurs we will not be stagnant.  Already our staff and Board are reviewing our strategic projects and prioritising our next steps. More details about this will be forthcoming.

SSSI has also started preparations for Locate20, being held in Brisbane from the 28 – 30 April 2020. Themed Convergence, Collaboration and Community – Towards a Stronger Economy, Locate20 will showcase from across industry sectors how Geospatial and Location technologies and practices are being used, highlighting the fundamental role they play in the building of our digital economy. The Call for Submissions is now open, so visit the Locate website for more.

I attended the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science last month at the Great Hall of Parliament House in my capacity as SSSI President and also had the great opportunity to represent SSSI at the Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC) planning day in Canberra in October.

I would like to thank the Board and our members once again for having the confidence in me to lead the organisation for another 12 months.   I look forward to making SSSI the society of choice for our professionals in surveying and geospatial!  

Kind regards

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

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