Geo Message (May 2011)


The recent acceptance of free student memberships has been a big change for the SSSI. It is a positive step that welcomes to the Institute the future of our industry, the students. We are hopeful that each of the regional YP committees will push to increase their numbers as a result, and ensure that the SSSI YPs is the best place for students to develop into young working professionals. My own path began as a Bachelor of Applied GIS student at Flinders University, joining AURISA as a student member, and later SSI as a student member. I attended a YP event by myself and met some people, some of whom I still consider mentors and friends today. Not only having some good fun at the event, I was asked if I wanted to be involved as the Student Liaison Officer on the SA YP Committee. I was prepared to get involved, and the rest is history. But the network and industry knowledge that I have been able to develop through my involvement in SSSI will be utilised for the remainder of my career.


So I encourage any surveying or spatial student to take the opportunity to join SSSI, get involved in your regional YP committee, and see the benefits not only for you, but also for the industry as a whole.


Thanks again,

Simon Callaghan

Chair, National YP Committee




SSSI SA YP Speed Networking Event

Recently the SSSI SA YPs hosted a CPD event sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). The event was attended by approximately 10 industry professionals and 10 YPs and spatial and surveying enthusiasts.


The venue for the event was PB headquarters on the corner of King William St and North Tce. Those arriving on time had an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views looking over the Festival Centre towards the picturesque Adelaide Oval with its famous scoreboard, and St Peter’s Cathedral. We could also just make out the statue of Colonel William Light the first Surveyor-General of South Australia on Montefiore Hill.



View from PB

headquarters April 2011

The format for the Speed Networking event was to have the industry professionals sat at tables with the YP’s rotating seats every 5 minutes until they had completed a full circle. As with previous years there was no shortage of conversation, and exchange of ideas and experiences. This year, with the aid of a bell we were able to keep close to the 5 minute schedule.



Panellists and Attendees at Speed Networking event

The event was a great success and I have had a great deal of positive feedback from both the attendees and the panellists. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the senior industry professionals for taking the time to attend this event and impart some of their wisdom and experience to the up and coming industry professionals in this formal networking event.




I would also like to thank PB for their ongoing support of the SSSI YPs, and the success of this event would not be possible without their continued support.


The SA YPs are looking forward to running more events this year keeping to our tradition of a balanced approach to formal CPD and social events. Our next planned event is a YP pool competition. So if you fancy yourself as a pool shark or just enjoy the social aspect of the YP events, please stay tuned for the venue and dates. We are also planning on visiting our tertiary institutes as part of the membership drive, in ensuring that the SSSI YPs is the most suitable forum for tertiary surveying and spatial students to transition themselves into working young professionals.


Thanks again,


Michael Meynell-James

SA YP Chair


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