Message from the Chair of SIBA|GITA
Today I am pleased to update members on SIBA|GITA’s plans to work with our space, surveying and spatial sector colleagues and industry stakeholders towards a single agreed purpose focusing on the development of the Australian spatial sector workforce.
SIBA|GITA is positioning itself to collaborate with the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) on plans to ensure the future growth of Australia’s space, surveying and spatial sector is secured by a skilled workforce.
SIBA|GITA General Manager Danika Bakalich will transition to a new strategic role on 29 September, supporting industry consultation around opportunities for workforce advancement by SIBA|GITA and SSSI. Danika will work with the SIBA|GITA and SSSI National Boards which will be developing plans to engage both memberships over the next few months.
As the need for space, surveying and spatial services and technology increases, workforce planning and development will be increasingly pivotal to ensuring the sector has access to the right skills and capability mix needed to meet demand.
Australia needs a relevant and skilled space, surveying and spatial industry workforce to be assured of a thriving industry in the immediate and emerging future.
Our work for members in coming months will continue to support branch activities and national awards but be more intensively focused on the workforce strategy. Please use the resources of our Business Manager Heather Hunt and the secretariat for any enquiries including branch support.
Mark Deuter named SA Professional of the Year
Congratulations to the 2021 winner of the SA Professional of the Year, longstanding SIBA|GITA member Mark Deuter, of Aerometrex.
Announced at last week’s APSEA SA celebrations, the award is conferred on a South Australian practitioner who is working in any of the disciplines of the surveying and spatial sciences whose professional achievements are acknowledged by peer citation as exemplifying the highest standards of excellence and ethical conduct.
APSEA said Mark has an outstanding spatial career spanning 46 years, of which he will retire from at the end of this year. He has been a huge contributor to the spatial industry, particularly in the last 16 years while at Aerometrex. Mark has been Managing Director since 2011, which, under his direction has seen the organisation grow from 15 staff in 2005 to 115 staff currently.
Mark was instrumental in listing Aerometrex on the Australian stock exchange, something that is rare for an Australian geospatial company.
Tasmania and SA have held their awards
The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards are underway and conducted regionally across the Asia Pacific region, culminating in a national gala dinner at the annual Locate conference.
RMIT major projects go online
RMIT students will present their final 2021 Major Project presentations online this year on Thursday October 21, from 12pm to 4:45pm. SIBA|GITA members and industry participants are invited to join virtually on the day. To register interest please complete this form.
VALE John Mirls
SIBA|GITA has learnt of the passing of John Mirls, of Pike, Mirls & McKnoulty on 17 September. Many members will recall John Mirls. John was a great mentor to many young surveyors and we extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Members support SPACE+SPATIAL online session
Thank you to the participants who joined us for the consultation session for the SPACE+SPATIAL Industry Growth Roadmap 2030 and who provided feedback on the key issues identified. If you were unable to attend the online session, or would like to view it again, please view the recording here.
In Queensland, COVID-19 Business Support Grants have been extended to support businesses impacted by the closure of the Queensland-New South Wales border in recognition of the close connection between border communities.
In Victoria, construction has shut down in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas for two weeks from 11.59pm, Monday 20 September. All construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire will be closed, with a strictly limited exemption for workers to attend the sites to respond to an emergency or perform urgent and essential work to protect health and safety.
Workplace rights: Understand your workplace rights and obligations as vaccines become available in Australia. Read more
Data is important as you well know. We need your latest data provided in the Members Portal of your website. Please make sure you logon and update your details.
Members only content: Make sure you take a look at the members portal and see some industry papers and Member digital assets for your use as a member.
Permanent marks service
Permanent marks are required in new estates to support ongoing surveying of property boundaries, construction and mapping. See member resources for fact sheet.
Survey Marks Enquiry Service: Information about all permanent marks in Victoria is available at no cost through the SMES interactive online application at Survey Marks Enquiry Service
QLD talks native title
Thank you to our special guest speakers who made our Queensland branch event hosted by IPWEAQ a great success this month.
Mark Lamont, Dr Stephen Nichols (pictured) and Craig Moss shared updates and got the discussion going. The event concluded with an aboriginal art tour.
SIBA|GITA branch events are open to members and non-members and are a great way to network in your region.
Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) webinar
Thursday, 30 September 7.30 – 9.30am
The series’ aim is to give our members an opportunity to learn more about how utilities have adapted their work practices to reflect this document and to help facilitate discussions around how the SIBA members can support such adaptations.
This session: Council and utility collaboration - what does it
mean to share data?
Warrnambool City Council
South East Water
5 November 2021, Perth, WA.
The 2021 WA Regional Summit will be held on Friday 5 November at the PCEC and promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn and connect with SSSI members and the broader surveying and spatial community.
17 November 2021, Albert Park, VIC.
The SSSI Victorian Regional Committee is pleased to announce our 2021 Victorian Surveying & Spatial Summit will take place on Wednesday 17 November, coinciding with World GIS Day.
IPWEA Queensland national conference
12-14 October 2021, Cairns Convention Centre.
SIBA|GITA members are offered a 20% discount to register for the conference. Please email us for your discount code to register! Learn more.
Geospatial technologies in a growing space industry
20 October 2021. Webinar 9am - 12pm
Innovative technologies in space and the relationship with spatial information and data to provide solutions will be the focus of a free webinar held by the Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC). View program.
Location in Action: Positioning the nation for a brighter future
24 - 26 May 2022 Canberra, ACT
Each year, the Locate conference attracts national and international delegates from within and outside the spatial & surveying industry. As Australia’s premier spatial & surveying conference, Locate provides guests with a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications in geospatial technologies.
We're always on the lookout to share what our members are doing - if you know of something going on that you're proud to work on, or want to tell us about a project that excites you, drop us a line.
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