SSSI Qld Event Highlights

december 2018

SSSI Qld Young Professionals Mentoring Graduation & Christmas Party

On Thursday, 6 December SSSI Qld celebrated our SSSI Qld Young Professionals who have graduated from the SSSI National Mentoring Program. Thank you to the Mentees and Mentors who took part.  SSSI Qld would also like to thank our fabulous SSSI National Young Professional Chair, Roshni Sharma, whose drive and initiative got this program started.  We were lucky enough to have Roshni at the event on Thursday night to hand out the Certificates and give an inspirational presentation on why mentoring is so important for our industry.  Mentees and Mentors commented on how much they enjoyed the program and would definitely recommend it to other's to take part.

To view Roshni's Presentation click here.

SSSI Qld would encourage our Members to be involved as a a Mentor or Mentee for next year.  For more information please see:

  • Information on the SSSI Young Professional Mentoring Program please click here.

  • If you are interested in participating in the 2019 SSSI Young Professional Mentoring Program as a Mentee or Mentor please click here.



SSSI Qld Fellows & SIBA|GITA Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner​

On Friday 30 November 2018, at Parliament House Brisbane, SSSI Qld was proud to confer Hon. Fellow SSSI to Mr. Ewen Sneddon & Fellow SSSI to Mr. Ray Tabulo. These indviduals have made a significant contribution to the Institute and to the surveying and spatial science profession over many years.

SIBA|GITA also bestowed their inaugraul Lifetime Member Award to Mr. Paul Midson, an individual who has dedicated his time and effort to the advancement of the industry.

During the evening we held a special presentation to honour the career and achievements of the Late Geoffrey Wright who was an Honorary Fellow of SSSI.  Geoffrey's wife Jaqui and daughter Peta were in attendance to hear the special regard SSSI members have for Geoffrey and his legacy.

Thank you to Hon. Mr Linus Power for co-presenting the Certificates and to Hon. John Mickel for hosting the event. 

Dr Zaffa Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse - SSSI President, Paul Reed - SSSI Qld Chair, Ray Tabulo - SSSI Fellow, Jacqui Wright, Peta Morawiec, Ewen Sneddon - SSSI Honorary Fellow and Peter Olah - SSSI CEO.

Hon. Linus Power, Paul Midson - SIBA|GITA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Deanna Hutchinson - SIBA|GITA CEO

Hon. John Mickel and Paul Reed

To view all the photos from the evening click here.

SSSI Qld Northern Group Conference

Success of the Northern Group Conference
The SSSI Qld Northern Group Conference was held at the Rydges Hotel, Townsville on 8 to 9 November and was well attended by members and non-members.

Presentations highlights included:

  • The Port of Townsville - its business, its past and its future direction presented by Kim Gebers General Manager Infrastructure, Port of Townsville

  • Short introduction to errors  presnted by Dale Atkinson Director, Atkinson Surveys

  • Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data accuracy in urban environments for the surveying profession  presented by Leigh Tingle Vision Surveys

  • Encroachments and legislation regarding retaining walls presented by Alistair Byrom Principal Surveyor, Veris

  • Promoting Women in Surveying presented by Mandy Compton Cadastral Surveyor, All Points Surveys

  • The Surveyor as an Environmental Manager – Newnes Kaolin mine and quarry presented by Tony Proust President, NSW Institution of Surveyors

  • Network RTK precise positioning – Cadastral applications presented by Graham Jensen Principal Surveyor, Far North District, Department of Transport and Main Roads

  • How web mapping works - a history of web maps to gain a broader understanding of how web maps work and have changed over time presented by Angus Scown Chief Technology Officer, UrbisPro

  • Drivers causing change in software solutions for surveyors presented by Ross McAtamney Listech

 These were just a few of the informative presenations delivered at the conference which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Apart from the informative presentations, the main benefit from attending the Conference was the networking and many participants commented that their highlight of the conference was meeting some really great people.

Following the conference, the SSSI Qld Northern Group Committee met for their AGM and we are pleased to advise that Graham Jensen has now been elected the new Northern Group Chair for 2019.

The event ran with a small profit, which will be put towards our future operations and functions for members benefit in the SSSI Qld Northern Group Region.

To view all photos click here.

oCTOBER 2018


SSSI Qld Central Group Conference

Report by Tom McDonald, SSSI Qld Central Group Chair

Success of the Central Group Conference

Held at the Rockhampton Leagues club, the October18 to 19 conference was well attended by members and non-members. Two streams of seminars (Survey and GIS) were run, with both appreciated by attendees. The event ran with a small profit, which will be put towards our future operations and functions for members benefit.

The Chair opened the conference by reiterating the Mission and Vision of the SSSI, and its importance and necessity for us as professionals.

Thanks to Leigh Tingle and Ray Tabulo who planned and arranged the conference, and to our sponsors who supported the event.

3D Digital Cadastral Future, Rural Surveying techniques, Scanning into the future, Robotics, Scanners, Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data, Data Integrity and Data Ethics, Satellite remote sensing helping koala habitat, and Open Source software, were just a few of the informative seminars delivered at the conference.

Following the conference, our meeting accepted three new committee members, to assist in organising the 2019 Central Group activities. Thank you to Michael Hewson (CQU Rockhampton),  Leigh Tingle (Vision Surveys Rockhampton) and Joe Sorbello (Insite SJC Bundaberg).

To view all photos click here.



Easements Webinar

On the 11 September 2018, Roy Somerville, our SSSI Qld Chair, presented live a webinar on Easements to 20 attendees.

The important thing about easements is to be aware of them and know the terms of any which affect properties which you or your clients are dealing with. In Roy's presentation he explored some of the common forms of easement and the role and responsibilities of the land surveyor.

This webinar is now available to view as a Recording and is showcasesd on SSSI's ECPD -

GNSS Workshop

On Friday 21 September SSSI Qld held a Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Workshop in Cairns.  This event had over 30 attendees and was proudly sponsored by CR Kennedy & Mangoes Mapping.

This event was aimed for all users of GNSS and provided a good basis for students, associates and graduates to consolidate and refresh their understanding of the more experienced users of GNSS.

The workshop covered a number of topics:

  • different GNSS applications and accuracies

  • establishing datums, AUSPOS and the upcoming coordinate Datum shift to 2020

  • errors, distribution of, and their impact on client needs

  • GNSS, explaining the geoid, ellipsoid, ground distances, projection distances, including using GNSS for AHD

  • GDA94 - GDA2020, when to use it, connections to datum on SPs, etc.

  • use of GNSS in large scale cadastral projects with special reference to the management of scale factors

  • the impact of technology on basic survey principles.

We would like to thank our speakers which included:

- Matt Higgins, Manager Geodesy and Positioning, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME)

- Dr Glenn Campbell, Surveying and Spatial Science Discipline Leader, University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

- Graham Jensen, Principal Surveyor Far North District, Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)

- Greg Friske, Principal Surveyor South Coast Region, Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) 



2018 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Queensland

Queensland's spatial and surveying professionals joined SSSI and SIBA|GITA in celebrating the achievements of individuals and businesses at a gala Awards Dinner on Friday 24 August, following the Conference.  The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham spoke of the importance of the profession to the success of Queensland into the future, along with a special presentation to the family of Kevin Davies, the last Surveyor General of Queensland.  Attendees on the night also raised over $4000 for White Ribbon Australia.  

Please click here to see our fantastic 2018 SSSI winners.



SSSI Queensland Conference 2018

Over 190 people came together to attend Spatial Innovation for Future Generations, SSSI Queensland's conference for 2018.  With fantastic speakers on a diverse range of topical issues, a host of sponsors displaying the latest technology and equipment, as well as plenty of opportunities to catch up with colleagues new and old, the event was a great success.

To view program click here.

To view photos click here.




Queen's Wharf Walking Tour

Following the success of the tour for Young Professionals, Bennett + Bennett kindly hosted a second walking tour of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane project.  Over 20 people attended an informative tour given by Craig Wood, followed by networking at the Victory.



Reinstatement for the less Experienced

The Reinstatement roadshow, presented by SSSI Qld Land Surveying Commission Chair, Ewen Sneddon, came to it's conclusion with small but successful workshops held in Rockhampton and Cairns.  Thanks to Vision Surveys and Brazier Motti for their valued support of the events.

JULY 2018

Reinstatement for the less Experienced

 SSSI Qld Land Surveying Commission Chair, Ewen Sneddon, presented his third workshop to a full house of local surveyors from the Sunshine Coast on 20 July.  RPS Australia kindly provided their Birtinya office Boardroom to host the event.

Young Professional Mentoring Program - Qld Launch

Queensland YPs hosted an event for the participants of the SSSI National Mentoring Program at the Regatta Hotel on Friday 6 July.  Over 20 mentors and mentees, and SSSI Qld Committee members got together to network and hear a inspiring presentation from Sally Healey of the Career Development Centre on the value of mentoring.

JUNE 2018

Reinstatement for the less Experienced

Our Land Surveying Commission Qld Chair, Ewen Sneddon, once again delivered his workshop on reinstatement, this time to over 25 local Gold Coast and Northern NSW attendees at Southport Sharks on Thursday 7 June.

NSW Cadastral Seminar

Following on from the Reinstatement seminar, almost 30 members and non-members got together to hear from David Job, Chris Abbott and John Minehan on relevant cadastral updates and issues for the NSW region.  A number of our Queensland members are registered in both states, so this was an ideal opportunity to see informative presentations, network with other professionals and gain those all important CPD points.




Northern Group Technical GNSS Seminar

The Northern Group held a sucessful seminar in beautiful Bowen over the 4 - 5 May.  Over 25 members and non-members gathered to hear technical presentations on GNSS and uncertainty from Dale Atkinson and Dr Glenn Campbell. 

Webinar – Qld Globe

This webinar, held on 8 May, was the first in SSSI Queensland series of "Lunchinars" - webinars held over lunch! It featured presentations from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and covered the features and functions of the new Queensland Globe including:

  • Saving and sharing maps
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Adding your own data
  • Querying and filtering data
  • Topics, Layers and Places.

The webinar recording is now available for FREE to all SSSI members - see ECPD on the SSSI Website.

Young Professionals: Tour of Queen's Wharf

SSSI Queensland's Young Professionals held an tour of Brisbane's Queen's Wharf project on 10 May for all members and non-members under 35. The event was kindly hosted by Bennett + Bennett, who have been privileged to be associated with the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf redevelopment, one of the most significant projects seen in Brisbane, let alone Australia in recent times. Bennett + Bennett were engaged to provide surveying and spatial services on behalf of Destination Brisbane Consortium.  Bennett + Bennett gave the YP Group a tour of the redevelopment site which followed with drinks at the Victory Hotel.



Reinstatement for the less experienced

Ewen Sneddon, Chair of the Qld Land Surveying Commission presented a Reinstatement for less experienced surveyors seminar to 27 surveyors on Friday 11 May at the Jen Hotel in Brisbane.
The seminar covered reinstatement methodology and reinstatement logic together with comments and discussion on reinstatement examples Ewen had undertaken or collected from other Surveyors over past years. 
Many of the participants thanked Ewen at the end of the seminar and feedback to date has rated the seminar either good or excellent. Ewen will hold similar seminars in other centres in the coming months. See SSSI Events for details.

Graduate Surveyor Workshop 

Over 25 early career surveyors gathered at the Hotel Jen in Brisbane on Friday 11 May to hear presentations on the Board registration process, career development, rural  surveying and other topics. Attendees then joined with some of the Central Group members for networking drinks.

Central Group Seminar - Brisbane

Central Group members travelled south to join Brisbane colleagues for an informative seminar on Saturday 12 May.  Speakers included the Surveyors Board of Queensland and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, as well as interesting presentations on vegetation management and mapping drones.  A few attendees then continued onto the NRL double header at Suncorp Stadium!

Demystifying SSSI membership within the Hydrographic Commission & Demystifying the Calculation of Uncertainty

Commander Adam Muckult and his Royal Australian Navy team hosted two hydrographic events on Tuesday 22 May at HMAS Cairns. They were both well received and we hope to run more in the future.

Lunchinar/Webinar - Community Management

This webinar was presented live on Thursday 31 May by Amanda Compton from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy and Robert McCabe from Bennett + Bennett.

Mandy's presentation was an Introduction to Community Management Statements, the legislation behind the CMS, the documents required to lodge and register them, common requisitions and why allocations are so important to get right.

Rob's presentation was on the Implementation of Mixed-use Developments – Real world examples. It discussed the creation of a typical mixed-use development (retail and residential) by registration of a volumetric subdivision and BMS, followed by the registration of a building format plan and CMS.  A more complicated example was also briefly discussed to highlight that there are limitless options as to what can be achieved to meet the demands of both the developer and property market.

The webinar recording is now available - see ECPD on the SSSI Website.

Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC) Seminar on 23 May 2018

Review of the QSIC Seminar series on 23 May by Peter Kinne.

Presentations are available -

This session was well attended, and the room was at capacity. The audience was mainly State government with some private companies.

There was a noticeable loss of audience at lunch time and this seemed to be mainly surveyors leaving after the surveying sessions had completed.

A short summary of the presentations is as follows.

Steve Jacoby PSM – Queensland’s Spatial Outlook
This presentation identifies the challenges facing the government’s position as the authoritative source of data.  Changes in technology and sources of data have been necessary to maintain the department’s lead role. Projects to take the department forward and meet customer needs include 3D Cadastre, Cloud Analytics, and augmented reality.

The State government’s 2017 investment in imagery has made possible a 3m imagery dataset for Queensland and a copy was given away as a prize on the day.

Glenn Cockerton – 2017: A year of Action
Glenn reported on the progress 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda.

The focus areas include:

  • Significantly expand the impact in high priority growth sectors

  • Growth sector economic profiles of the value of positioning, earth observation data and services

  • Delivery of strategic roadmap to build education and skills across the entire spatial education lifecycle

  • Promotion and strategic engagement with external industry conferences

Karen Joyce – DronED: Problem based learning in STEM
This was an inspirational presentation about making a difference.  A remote sensing scientist who is passionate about achieving equality in her field and is doing something about it. Using drones, satellite imagery, and remote tropical islands Karen’s talk included counting sharks, mangoes, and teaching kids through her company, SheFlies.

Matt Higgins – Cadastre Queensland Transformation
We live in a 3D world and yet the cadastral surveying industry is still working out how to explain the world in more than 2D. The complexity of this transition is being tackled in stages to determine the investment needed and the business case to justify it.

Matt covered GDA 2020, the $260M SBAS project, and finding buried assets.

Peter SIPPEL – 3D Road Map The realisation of a Digital Spatial Future
Why we need to move to digitally integrated datasets and how 3D Cadastre is a fundamental framework for these datasets.

Foundational Data Sets require a single point of Truth and this is possible from the surveying industry through:

  • Geodetic Framework

  • Digital Numeric Cadastral Data set

  • Digital Infrastructure Environment (ADAC etc. ......)

  • Digital Built Environment (DBE)

  • Seemless Integration of Digital Data

Peter Kinne – WorldView Legion and Machine Learning for Business Benefit
The user feedback included that this was the most colourful presentation of the day. Addressing the need for more timely information products in cloud solutions, this presentation included a successful live demo of cloud-based analytics using a recent 30cm 8band image of Brisbane on slow internet connection.

Deanna Hutchinson – Vitamin D
This is a time for us to review diversity in our industry. Woods NZ is an example of how diversity has resulted in increased competitiveness, reduced staff turnover, and selected Best Employer by Aon in 2017.

The spatial industry can benefit from reviewing diversity in their workplaces.



GNSS Workshop 

The SSSI Queensland Land Surveying Comission held a successful GNSS workshop at Easts Leagues Club on Friday 20 April. Over 45 members and non-members had the opportunity to see live equipment in action and watch the data calculations undertaken on the software of their choice. Thanks to C.R. Kennedy, Position Partners and Ultimate Positioning Group for their support. We hope to repeat a similar practical workshop in Townsville and Cairns later in the year.




March 2018 HIGHLIGHTS 

SSSI Qld International Women's Day Breakfast 

On Thursday 8 March it was International Women's Day.  To mark the occasion SSSI and SIBA attended a breakfast at the Regatta Hotel which was held in raise money for the PA Hospital Foundation.  The breakfast included health checks, pamper stations and guest speakers from Breast Screen Qld and Diabetes Qld.

Katie Le Miere (SSSI), Kelly Rischmiller (SSSI), Lisa Inglis (SIBA), Tonia Scholes (SIBA)

SSSI Qld Logan/Redland/Scenic Rim Focus Group Meeting

The inaugural SSSI Qld Logan/Redland/Scenic Rim Focus Group Meeting was held on Thursday, 15 March from 5 to 7pm at The Glen Hotel at Eight Mile Plains. Ewen Sneddon and Paul Reed (current Convenors of the Group) met with 5 other SSSI Members from the Region to discuss all topics relating to Surveying & Spatial Sciences.  The plan is to have these meetings bi-monthly so details will be sent out soon on the next event.

SSSI Qld "Global Surveyors Day" Mackay Focus Group Meeting

By Town Group Convenor - Megan Dillon
The Mackay Towngroup celebrated Global Surveyors Day on Wednesday, 21 March.  Eleven spatial professionals met at the Jubilee Community Centre to watch a webinar recording on the 3D QLD Road Map: Preliminary Findings Phase 1.  This sparked a general discussion on the potential benefits of e-survey, upgrading the DCDB, and the future of ground survey control.  The evening ended with spatial themed patty cakes and a message from some members of the Fiji Institute of Surveyors wishing the Mackay Towngroup a happy Global Surveyors Day.

SSSI Webinar: NSW/ACT Conference – Cadastral Highlights

The SSSI NSW/ACT Conference - Cadastral Highlights Webinar held on 28th March attracted 65 participants and well received from attendees. Thanks to presenters, Mike Stapleton, Veris Australia, Dr Craig Roberts, UNSW and Maurits van der Vlugt, Mercury Project Solutions for making this webinar a great success. This webinar was recorded and can now be viewed as E-CPD.

SSSI Qld SICC Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Prescribed Fire as a Bushfire Risk Mitigation Tool in Southeast Queensland

The first of our series of webinars for SSSI Qld SICC Members was held on 27 March. The topic was “Using Spatial Technologies for Economic Evaluation of Prescribed Fire” presented by Martyn Elliott from the University of the Sunshine Coast. The overall research question addressed by the project is whether prescribed fire can be an economically efficient bushfire risk mitigation tool in southeast Queensland. This can now be viewed as ECPD on our website.  

QSSC17 Highlights

The Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference 2017 (QSSC17) was held on Thursday, 4th May to Friday, 5th May at Southport Sharks, Gold Coast.  I am pleased to advise that the Conference was a great success and we have had very favorable comments.  Conference highlights from our survey to participants included:

  • The overall quality of the keynote speakers and presentations

  • Networking and GDA 2020

  • The social evening

  • Getting to experience the new release of gldglobe for mobile devices.

  • Wayne Fry's presentation on Qld Gov spatial information. I've already started using information from it in projects at work.

  • Day 2 Plenary Session, the young MC was superb

  • Matt Higgins was probably the best presentation of the conference

  • The session on Geodesy and Positioning infrastructure and the presentation by Nicole Harmse

  • Hovermap and GDA2020 information

  • Catching up with old acquaintances

  • Just a great conference

  • Kate from Knowable and Nicole Harmse, facilitating change and the feeling in the room

  • Meeting former work mates

  • Hans Moller - Curtis Island Project

To view photos from the Conference please click here.

This Conference could not be the success it was without the fantastic lineup of speakers, the support from our sponsors and, in particular, the great passion from our volunteer QSSC Conference Committee (Ewen Sneddon, Roy Somerville, Lee Hellen, Chris Swane and Peter Swan) who volunteered a great amount of their time for the benefit of our members. 

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