Welcome to our first GeoMessage for 2012! We all had a good break for Christmas and the New Year, and are now fired up to provide you with some great events and services in the coming year.
Firstly, let us share the lovely news of Chris McAlister’s new baby boy, Fletcher, born on 13 January 2012, a healthy 7lb 3oz. We send Darren and Chris our warm congratulations and best wishes.
This is the year of our biennial Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference 2012, and we are looking forward to an exciting event on 13-14 September 2012! It will be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Southbank, a great location for exploring this fascinating precinct. Do think of making a long weekend of it, bringing the family to enjoy an event at the Performing Arts Centre, visiting the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), taking the kids to the Southbank Beach, and exploring the many eateries of all description. So mark it on the calendar now! There’s plenty of reasonably priced accommodation in South Brisbane and West End, a stone’s throw from the BCEC.
Our Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards will be held at the conference dinner on Friday 14th September, so please start thinking now of worthy people who deserve to be nominated for an Excellence Award.
Many of you have given us your ideas for what you would like to see in the CPD program. We’ve incorporated them into our planning for 2012. If you go to www.sssi.org.au/qld, and click on Resources, you’ll find our draft program – events in planning. As Kellie completes the organisation of these events, you’ll see them linked to the Events page, where you’ll be able to register. We encourage you to read the draft program, and send us your thoughts and suggestions (just click on ‘Contact Us’ and send us an email). The draft program is very flexible, and may change according to availability of speakers, timeframing, or any other factors.
A highlight of the program is the BITE series, incorporating interesting news and developments from the Business, Infrastructure, Technology and Environment sectors. Watch for the first in late February. The twilight series for surveyors will be of interest to those who wish to strengthen their essential knowledge and should attract all those who are moving towards registration, or just need a refresher. The breakfast series for Women in Spatial will have an emphasis on career progression, and incorporate some general topics, and some of particular interest to women.
And don’t miss the Emerging Spatial Technologies Workshop 31st March, held annually by the Young Professionals, a great chance to see the latest innovation that will put your company way in front.
The Central Group Conference will be held in Hervey Bay in May and the Northern Group will hold a two day conference in June in partnership with FUNGIS. Program planning is still in progress, so watch this space!
I hope you enjoyed the January edition of Spatial Science Queensland. If you haven’t yet read it click here. The next issue will be published in April, so it you have any letters, comments, or articles, we’d love to receive them by 19 March.