State of GIS 2011

This year’s event was held on Tuesday 17th May from 2 – 5:30pm at the Old Woolstore, Hobart.  Over 90 people attended including two car loads from the Launceston area. Feedback was very positive with plenty of opportunities for networking during the afternoon tea and post event drinks sessions. Eight speakers were invited to give 10-minute presentations on their activities in the last 12 months.

Simon McCulloch (ABC weather presenter) from the Tasmanian Bureau of Meteorology spoke about a new forecasting system to be launched in late June.
Richard Cowling the Commander of Northern District Police Headquarters Tasmanian spoke on Police Mobile Data – Policing for the Future.
Andrew Betlehem the Technical Director of Geometry Pty Ltd Mobile talked about GIS – Location Based Services for the Masses.
The Honourable Gary Nairn, Chairman of the Tasmanian Spatial Industry Council and Director of the Spatial Industries Business Association updated us all on the latest strategic level movements in his presentation entitled Tasmania – it’s PLACE in the Australian Spatial Context.
Mark Rippon the GIS Manager of Forestry Tasmania described their Embedded GIS – Integrating Spatial Systems at FT.
Robert Rowell,  Managing Director of Insight GIS and Director (Vic / Tas) 43PL spoke about the 43PL  and what is happening in the CRC for Spatial Information.
Andrew Tomes, Manager of Spatial Data at the DPIPWE -Information Lands Services presented his proposal entitled Towards a Numerical Cadastral Database and
Mathew Healey, Manager Security & Emergency Management, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet Spatial Information Foundation gave his insight into Delivering value through location-based data.

Common themes kept emerging throughout the day including interoperability, spatially enabling business practices, the efficiency and effectiveness gained through using spatial data and how much high level managers like maps to tell the story.  It is hoped that the presentations will be made available for download.  Check back here to find out!


Simon McCullochHon. Gary Nairn


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