Geo Message (July 2011)


In conjunction with SIBAWA the announcement of the 2011 WA Spatial Excellence Awards will be on Friday 22nd July at the Awards Dinner to be held at the University Club of WA, University of Western Australia.


Past Events


Our annual conference - WASSIC 2011 - was upgraded this year at a new venue, with the addition of a mining and engineering surveying stream, with attendance from AIMS members, and a sponsor exhibition area.  Our new look conference was held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex, and with the help of a professional conference organizer Conference Images, was an outstanding success.  We are most grateful for the support of our generous sponsors: Gold - ESRI, Haefeli-Lysnar, Position Partners, CR Kennedy; Bronze - Cardno Spectrum Surveys, Gemcom, Digital Mapping Solutions, OmniSTAR; Affiliate - Land Surveys.


We were fortunate to have an excellent list of keynote speakers and session speakers, with Kelvin Brown from reflex Instruments captivating the audience with his account of the Chilean Mine Rescue, Don Abbey with his excellent expose on SP1, Ron Gibson with his enlightening approach to networking, and Dr Felicity Morel-Ednie Brown with her Mapping of Colonial Northbridge and her Historical GIS of Perth.  We are very grateful to all speakers who made this event the best ever in all respects as confirmed by delegate feedback.


Delegates enjoyed the generous interaction time with sponsors and colleagues in the sponsor area during morning and afternoon tea and lunch breaks.


Committe Meetings

The SICC Committee met in early June and welcomed Tom Brownlie to the committee as a National representative.  The very active Cadastral Interest Group held its monthly meeting on 28 June and generated much interest regarding the new Building Bill and with Planning Issues.  A recent meeting of a SSSI delegation with Vince McMullen at the Department of Planning gave the group some hope of resolving the current difficulties with their delegation of built Strata Approvals to Local Goverment.  The Regional Management Committee met in early July and were very pleased with WASSIC, especially its professional and financial success.  Members thanked WAIS for the provision of a new data projector at the Nedlands office.


Forthcoming Events

WASEA Dinner

This year SIBA had a record number of nominations for industry awards.  The judges had a difficult task choosing the winners.  These and the individual awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner on Friday 22nd July.  SIBAWA and SSSIWA are most grateful to our dinner sponsors: Gold - ESRI, Landgate; Silver - NGIS, Whelans; Bronze - WALIS, Department of Mines & Petroleum.  The University Club of WA is a delightful venue and those present can expect to enjoy delicious food and wine and very enjoyable company.


Young Professional WA AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the WA Young Professionals will be held in the SSSI office on Monday 25th July at 5.30 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and after the meeting enjoy networking with fellow members with pizza and drinks being provided.



Wingit will be holding a Workshop "BandYOU it's Personal..." on Wednesday 3rd August, 6.00 - 9.00 pm in the Leeuwin Centre, 65 Brockway Road, Floreat Park.  Cost for members and students is $35 and non members $55.  For registration and further information email



Cadastral Interest Group Meeting  -  26 July in the SSSIWA office at 6.00 pm 

SICC Committee Meeting  -  11 August - Sayers Cafe, Leederville at 7.15 am

Regional Committee Meeting - 15 August in the SSSI Office at 6.00 pm

WALIS ISDE - 23-25 August at the Convention Centre

Cadastral and Engineering Surveying CPD seminar - Curtin University at 6.00 pm - TBA

Cadastral Interest Group meeting - 30 August in the SSSI office at 6.00pm                                                                                                                                              


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