Geo Message (May 2011)

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Hello and welcome to our wonderful new website!

We are very excited here in Victoria to have this great new site up and running with all the new functionality for our members.  Please take a look around and let us know what you think, we would welcome your feedback and comments.


We have had some changes this month in Victoria.  Our SI&C Commission leadership has changed with Rod Flynn taking over the chair of the commission from Stephan Winter.  Read on to find out more details.


You all should have received the link to register for a ticket to the GIS Program Management and Workshop, the Summit and the VSEA dinner.  We hope to see you all attending these Premier Victorian Events for 2011.  Don’t forget to download the nomination forms for both the individual awards and the industry awards.  We are still accepting sponsors and exhibitors for the Summit.  You can download the sponsorship document here and the booking form from here.


Our next scheduled event is the Emerging Technologies event.  The final program and flyer for that will be sent out next week. 



Robyn McCutcheon

Victorian Chair




Stephan Winter and Rod Flynn

17 May 2011

You may know that the Spatial Information and Cartography Commission is the largest commission in SSSI Victoria. A large number of activities in SSSI Victoria can be accounted for the topic area of the commission. However, the commission has a relatively small leadership group, and the leadership team relied on a large number of initiatives happening independently in SSSI – think of the Spatial Summit, or the work of sub-committees such as Destination Spatial or Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Mapping Support, but also of the many activities of the Young Professionals.


This situation is good: it shows a lively professional body. But it also reflects the diversity of the professions and careers in spatial information and cartography. We think the situation can be improved. The commission could provide a common home to create a community, and perhaps also develop a clearer profile of the profession.


For this purpose, we have made changes to the leadership team of the commission. From today, Rod Flynn will take over the chair of the commission from Stephan Winter. Rod, as the past Chair of SSSI Victoria and through his affiliation with DSE, will be in a good position to engage with key industry partners aligned with the commission, and to coordinate events and initiatives in the domain of the commission.


Also, the leadership team in this commission is seeking volunteers to help us better connecting to the leadership base: a second tier of leaders, a circle of engaged and interested people, a pool to draw ideas or initiatives from.


We are hoping to provide you an even better service this way.


Stephan Winter                                   Rod Flynn


Land Surveying Commission Sub-Committtee

The Land Surveying Commission subcommittee has mapped out a tentative CPD program for the remainder of the year and made submissions to a number of government reviews, most recently the proposed Subdivision (Procedures) Regulations. We were also invited to the stakeholders forum regarding these regulations which was held by DPCD on April 20th last.


The Review of the Users Guide to Subdivision is ongoing and the DPCD have conceded that this review is going to take much longer than anticipated. The next stage is to hold a project workshop.


The National Land Surveying Commission held a face to face meeting in Melbourne on 19-20th May.


Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

Guidelines for land use mapping in Australia: principles, procedures and definitions.

This is a technical handbook supporting the Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program, 4th Edition, 2011 Publication date: 28 Apr 2011


The report promotes the development of nationally consistent data on land use, land cover and land management practices, as well as information products, standards, analyses and assessments. It is produced by the Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program (ACLUMP) as a technical reference to support land use mapping in Australia at national, state and regional levels.


This handbook is the primary reference for version 7 of the Australian Land Use and Management (ALUM) Classification. It also outlines updated nationally agreed principles and procedures adopted by ACLUMP as the basis for mapping at both the catchment scale and the national scale.


Download at:

Geological information available at click of a button


Mining industry explorers, earthquake and climate change scientists and members of the public can now access a 'stack' of information about Australia's geology at the click of a button.


Developed by CSIRO and AuScope in collaboration with other research organisations around the country, a new open- access network of geospatial data, and its supporting infrastructure – the Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) – will enable users to explore Australia's geology on a national scale.


Read more at:



Mobile Computing!!!!!


Surveying Taskfore

Many companies have supported the Surveying Task Force work experience program by being listed on the taskforce ‘Work Experience Registry’. This program has seen numerous students obtain a personal experience in Surveying, often leading to their study in this area.


We have the unique opportunity to promote our work experience program through IMVC (Inner Melbourne Vet Cluster), which promotes work experience placements at particular companies at a set time during the year.


If you think your company could nominate 1 week in 2011 in which you could offer work experience, please contact Lauren Cockerill at The Surveying Taskforce and she will coordinate the promotion on the IMVC website. Email your interest to  or call (03) 9326 8173.



Melbourne University Geomatics Society (MUGS) Spatial and Surveying Industry Careers Night - Wednesday 20th April 2011


SSSI proudly supported and exhibited at the 2011 MUGS Spatial and Surveying Industry Careers Night in April.  There was quite a bit of interest shown in the SSSI with continuous questions and queries that left our representatives hoarse by the end of the night. They probably personally handed out around thirty membership forms.  We actively promoted the free student membership on the night and have since had quite a few students take up the offer. With the banners, Destination Spatial and Survey Taskforce Posters, maps, we had plenty of display material to spark interest.

The Sub-Committee is developing key partnerships and pathways for spatial professionals to provide volunteer mapping, surveying and spatial information services to support humanitarian and disaster relief activities.  The group is undertaking actions including identifying training requirements and opportunities, promoting presentations and discussion around emerging technologies and data management, and relationships with key emergency response, relief and NGO organisations.  The sub-committee has been established within the Victorian region and is initially focused on developing initiatives for spatial professionals within Victoria however, opportunities exist for this to become a national initiative.


For further information or to become involved the SSSI VIC REO []




Thursday July 7th Land Surveying Commission Seminar


Friday 22nd July Land Surveying Commission Seminar Nth Central Victoria


2011 GIS Workshop

When: Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Where: Sebel Albert Park


 2011 Summit and VSEA Dinner

When: Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Time: Summit is 9am to 4:30pm, VSEA dinner is 7pm to 11pm

Where: Sebel Albert Park

Sponsorship for the Summit is now open.  Click here to download the Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure and click here to download the nomination form.

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop during the Summit then please contact Kellee Ireland This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


National Land Surveying Conference Melbourne

When: 19-21st April, 2012

A number of national issues which are having increasing implications on our day to day practice will be presented including:-

National Property Law Reform


THE XXII Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

When: 25th to the 1st September 2012

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre  Go to ISPRS website


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