Geo Message (May 2011)

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May has been a quiet month event wise, though planning is underway for events in July and August.  June will see the NSW Government engage the public in consultation on the direction of surveying and spatial activities in NSW. You are all welcome to become involved and put your opinion forward on the NSW Government Location Intelligence Strategy. Put your ideas up on the idea generator at

Currently in planning is a seminar / workshop to demonstrate GIS and Spatial applications in engineering. Are you a spatial professional contributing on engineering projects? We would like to hear from you. Planning is underway to organise an event to bring spatial and engineering professionals together to discuss collaborative projects and demonstrate examples of best practice. Further information may be obtained by contacting the NSW Chair:

NSW Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards 2011
SSSI NSW is proud to announce that this year we will be a Gold sponsor of the event and will continue to be part of the judging panel.

I recommend all members, celebrate their work and strive for an entry into this year’s awards. Further information is available from

To find out how to enter see download a information kit. Further information or contact Terina Sawyer, ISNSW or Dr Veronic Bondarew, ACS NSW.

Warwick Hehir
On behalf of the NSW Region Committee. 


Technical Evening - NSW Transport Management Centre:  7th April

We saw how every set of lights in the state can be watched and controlled centrally from the Transport Management Centre.  Learning a lot about the in's and out's the use of GIS in the planning of major events such as the 'City to Surf'. Having the event on during peak hour period, allowed us to see how the centre worked during this period.  It reminded me that I must stop my car over the top of the in-road-sensors or I could be waiting at those next set of lights all day! 

The event was organised by Hank Staal (MSIA and SSSI member), this was cooperative event between the professional organisations. 

Do you know of other place of interest for a technical evening please contact Warwick at

Twilight Seminar - Mashups:  13th April
The Mashups Twilight Seminar was a great success. It was again another good example of how the we are working in liaison with other spatial groups. I believe that both ISNSW and SSSI were pleased with the attendance.  

The presentations of the night will be up on the website shortly. The evening was well attended and sparked numerous questions for the presenters, Jose Diacono (Communica), Cameron Shorter (Lisasoft) and Matt Robinson (Lagen Spatial). The event was organised by Jose Diacono, with The Institution of Surveyors NSW undertaking the administrative work of organising the room and taking bookings.

Are you interested in learning more about spatial mashups? Would you be interested in a full day Workshop on the topic? If so please contact us at 


Strategic Review of Geoscience Australia
The Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation has conducted a strategic review of Geoscience Australia including it's budget framework and made a series of recommendations.  Read the 153 page document at:


Local Government Spatial Seminar
I recent attended the 2 day Local Government Spatial Seminar held in Queens Square, Sydney CBD. A similar event was held during April in Bathurst. These seminars were hosted by the ex-NSW Land and Property Management Authority (watch this space for their new impending name!).

A range of LPMA projects were discussed including the cadastre improvement program, acquisition of raw LiDAR data, a new interface to SIX, and new memorandum of understanding (MOU). A number of working groups have been established chaired by local council officers (with LPMA support) covering: addressing, cadastral delivery, cadastral upgrade, Crown Land, imagery, licencing, SIX, and metadata.
For more information contact:

FME Forum
I attended the FME User Forum in Sydney, hosted by Safe Software, 1spatial (who recently acquired Lagen Spatial) and Navigate. FME 2011 is a powerful tool
with many data extraction, data translation, and data analysis capabilities. FME has matured into a rich product and developed a loyal, enthusiastic user and developer community around the world. More information is available at:

Upcoming Events

See the SSSI Events Calendar  for a complete listing of events.

-    June / July In planning: GIS and Spatial applications in engineering. Plus another event on Spatial Data Infrastructures and metadata options.

Do you have some ideas for an event? Contact us at


MapInfo User Forums
Pitney Bowes Business Insights (PBBI) will be hosting a series of MapInfo User Forums around the country, with the Sydney CBD event being held on Thursday, 16 June 2011.  More information is available at:

GIS and Spatial applications in engineering - in planning
Are you a spatial professional contributing on engineering projects?  We would like to hear from you. Planning is underway to organise an event to bring spatial and engineering professionals together to discuss collaborative projects and demonstrate examples of best practice.

Event Code:
TBA August
Where:  TBA
Further Information: 



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