Date & Time: Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ACDT
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Room: Riverbank Rooms 2 – 3
Contact: SSSI Events Team – [email protected]

The Space & Geospatial Collaborative Workshop is being jointly hosted by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation and SSSI in Adelaide on Wednesday 10 May 2023, in between the first 2023 Australian Space Forum and the Locate23 Conference.
This inter-disciplinary workshop will provide a unique opportunity for professionals from both space and spatial sectors to connect and discuss the increasing synergy and collaborative opportunities that have resulted from Australia’s renewed commitment to space technology development and the requirements and capabilities of the modern spatial information industry. The spatial professional has been an enduring end-user of space applications such as PNT (positioning, navigation and timing), EO (Earth Observation) and telecommunications.
Everyone is invited to attend to hear from experts in the field and to connect with like-minded professionals.
We hope to announce the program shortly.
Registration offers great value as attendees receive morning tea and lunch, as well the opportunity to learn, connect and share. Delegates registering for Locate23 can add this workshop during their online registration form. Alternatively you can register for this workshop only via the SSSI website HERE.

Please note there are limited places available for these workshops and you can secure your spot when completing the online registration form.

Presenter: Andrej Mocicka, 1 Spatial
Time: 1000 – 1100
Room: City Room 2

The GDV Hub is a web-based solution providing certainty for data integrity and data governance. The Geospatial Data Validation Hub (GDV Hub) allows developers, councils and utilities to validate data utilising the 1Data Gateway portal with its 1Spatial patented Business Rules Engine. Data submitted in Industry Standard Data formats is validated to standards and can automatically apply logical corrections.
This session will provide an overview of the GDV Hub, highlighting its unique features and benefits. It will also provide an opportunity to experience hands on submissions to validate and logically correct data to the ASPEC standards.
Representatives from GISSA and Digital Hive will attend the sessions and will be available for questions and answers throughout the session.
Who should attend? Developers, councils and utilities involved in property development.
Why attend?
As a developer – How much time do you spend correcting data submitted that does not comply with standards?
How much time do you spend learning the requirements and setting up checking procedures for different authorities?
How much time do you spend converting your data to other formats to comply with lodging data?
As a council/referral authority – How much time do you spend chasing data providers to rectify data provided that is not compliant?
How much time do you spend validating data supplied to find that it is not compliant?

Presenter: Mark Grant, Department of Transport & Planning
Time: 1000 – 1130
Room: City Room 3

This workshop will present the lessons learnt and the major technical challenges overcome since the project’s inception.  The session will focus on the need for strong international collaboration, technological innovation and creating an environment of innovation and trust between the Department and all project partners.
In particular the workshop will focus on:

  • The challenges in digitising Victoria’s land parcels and resolving the 50,000 technical queries which have arisen in the digitsation process
  • The technical approach to adjusting the parcel fabric in metropolitan and rural settings
  • The interface between maintaining the map base and integrating the upgraded parcel fabric into Vicmap
  • The process of automating updates to the cadastre
  • The workshop will be facilitated by the Department and its project partners, DSM Soft (India), Spatial Vision (Australia), and Jacobs (Australia & Malaysia)

Presenters: Christopher Blackstock – FrontierSI, Dr Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse – Woolpert, Alan Smart – ACIL Allen Consulting
Time: 1000 – 1300
Room: City Room 4

This workshop addresses the question of “How well do you understand the economic value of your data?” Industry and government spend considerable sums on geospatial data and data infrastructure. For some businesses there is an understood return on investment through product or service sales, but the real impact of the data is not as easily measured. It is even less clear for government agencies with open data mandates and sector expectations.
The goal of this workshop is to consider the assessment of the economic value of geospatial data, from being a public good, to underpinning sectors and services, driving innovation and modernization, and ultimately stimulating and driving economic activity. It will look at formal methodologies and practices across jurisdictions and industries and investigate the potential to standardize and create widely accepted and reusable evaluation frameworks, guidelines, and best practices.
The workshop will include short context-setting presentations from thought-leaders, followed by an interactive facilitated forum discussion where participants can provide perspectives and experiences and pose questions and challenges. By participating in this workshop, you will help contribute to an industry white paper and an initiative to develop a suitable industry wide framework to evaluate the economic value of data.

Presenter: Darren Fergus, Locus
Time: 1130 – 1300
Room: City Room 2

FME is the data integration solution with the best support for spatial data worldwide. The FME platform connects data across more than 450 systems to help you integrate and transform data exactly for your needs, no matter where that data is stored.
Hosted by Locus, FME Accelerator is a 90 minute workshop for data professionals interested in acquiring a foundational understanding of the FME platform and particularly helpful if you are a Data, BI, GIS or IT professional. No prior FME, GIS or coding experience is required and this workshop is suitable for both the technical and non-technical attendee.
What you will learn in this workshop:

  • The principles of data integration
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of FME and how to build an FME workflow applying the three step process of connect, transform and automate
  • Experience hands-on practical FME exercises via a pre-built FME workspace – this is the bit where you get to use FME to perform functions typical of data connection and transformation tasks
  • Participate in live, interactive training, where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions of our trainer

Please bring a laptop capable of connecting to the Internet. The workshop will take place on Strigo, a virtual training platform. You do not need to pre-install FME or Strigo. On the day, we will provide FME and a link to use Strigo in your browser. All workshop attendees will come away from this workshop with an introductory understanding of the FME Data Integration Platform equipped with the know-how and tools to apply to your own data challenges!

Presenters: Dr Soheil Sabri, Dr Benny Chen, Dr Davood Shojaei & Prof Abbas, Rajabifard, University of Melbourne
Time: 1200 – 1330
Room: City Room 3

This workshop will provide hands-on training for operating and leveraging a spatial digital twin for urban planning, asset management, and land administration. The CDILA-Digital Twin was developed at the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA), The University of Melbourne. 
The CSDILA-Digital Twin platform is designed in response to requirements for finding, accessing, aggregating, and visualising different datasets (2D, 3D, 4D) maintained and hosted in disparate databases across state and local governments and other data custodians. To facilitate seamless integration of data and technology components, open standards are adopted.
This session will train the audience to use the Digital Twin and customise it for their day-to-day activities and services:

  • Introduction: Prof. Abbas Rajabifard
  • Workshop Activities Description: Dr. Soheil Sabri
  • Data registration, filtering, Visualisation: Dr. Benny Chen
  • Hosting analytical tools using development plugin services; Dr. Benny Chen
  • Creating interactive story maps to engage with stakeholders and the community in the process of design, planning, and decision-making; Dr. Soheil Sabri
  • Generating an optimised building envelop based on planning controls; Dr. Soheil Sabri
  • 3D Cadastre visualisation, search, and query; Dr. Davood Shojaei
  • 3D data capturing and integration with Digital Twin for asset management; Dr. Davood Shojaei
  • Future industry and academic collaborations; Prof. Abbas Rajabifard

Presenters: Chris Body – Open Geospatial Consortium, Rob Atkinson – Open Geospatial Consortium, Kate Williams – FrontierSI & Dr Ivana Ivanova – Curtin University & FrontierSI
Time: 1400 – 1700
Room: Exhibition Theatrette, Halls MNO

With an ever-increasing demand for geospatial information and data from non-geospatial industries and communities, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has been investigating more efficient ways of accessing geospatial data.
We will look at the current architecture starting with topics such as Metaverse, Digital Twins and reusable analytics, exploring the nature of OGC API building blocks and the relationship to semantics of domain models, and then into the work on CI/CT for testing and documenting specifications and establishing permanent best practice examples in managed OGC infrastructure.
To help to achieve this, Testbed 18 looked at three threads:

  • Advanced Models and Data
  • Catalogs, filtering, and Moving Features
  • Future of Open science and Building energy interoperbility

One of the topics within the Advanced Models and Data Thread was to look at “Machine Learning Training Datasets” with FrontierSI and Pixalytics leading this work. One of the key areas was to develop the foundation for future standardisation of Training Datasets for Earth Observation applications.

The workshop will also look at other initiatives like the Disaster Pilot 2023 and Testbed 19.

Presenters: Colin Hobson, Andrew Dunlop, Zane Tronson, Open Spatial
Time: 1400 – 1700
Room: City Room 2

The workshop will include presentations from Bendigo, South Australia Water, and Open Spatial regarding experiences of deploying and engaging in digital transformation of data derived from new projects. The workshop will be interactive, include presentations and a set of facilitated discussions relating to the presentations. While the primary focus of the workshop will be on techniques, capabilities, challenges, and related workflows in the context of utilities data and related asset information, the lessons learned will be more widely applicable.
The following topics will be considered:

  • Digital Workflows
  • Digital Transformation
  • Data Standards
  • Data Integrity and validation
  • Data Governance
  • Data Sovereignty 
  • Using existing data and publishing from 2D to 3D
  • Integrating with VDAS and Digital Twin Platforms
  • What measures determine success?

In addition, a set of facilitated discussions will be conducted around the approaches different organisations are using, challenges encountered, best practices and benefits derived.

Presenter: Danika Bakalich, Executive Manager, Workforce and Strategy, Geospatial Council of Australia
Time: 1400 – 1700
Room: City Room 3

In 2022 The Surveyors’ Trust released a paper evaluating reasons why the Geospatial industry continues to face workforce shortages despite efforts to address the problem.  The paper presents a Workforce Roadmap to systemically address the challenges but requires a synchronised whole-of-industry work program to succeed.   
Workforce shortages for Surveying and Spatial related occupations have been looming for over a decade. Unless action is taken by the industry, the growing shortfall will continue unabated. While in the recent past various recommendations have been developed through workforce gap analysis reports, little coordinated and sustained action has been undertaken.
It is plausible that had a coordinated, structured plan been implemented at the time of the earlier workforce analysis, the current situation may have been avoided. 
In addition, several initiatives have commenced over the recent past to tackle this challenge including Project Sirius, led by the then Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI) Land Surveying Commission. This project aims to boost public understanding of the Surveying profession and to better navigate change that recognises new skills and opportunity in a new frontier for Surveying.  Further efforts by the industry aim to address the lack of diversity across the workforce led by the Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network.
Purpose of the workshop:This workshop is to be an ideation session with participants to build on the roadmap and aligned initiatives to further develop the approach to addressing talent attraction and retention needs across the industry.
Participants will be asked to consider stakeholder groups and shape transitional program design concepts to attract people to the sector and support talent throughout their career progression.
The goal of the workshop: To change the approach from a “One size fits all” to a purpose-led design program model that leads to systemic change by drawing on the expertise and influence of key actors across the ecosystem, identifying their needs and role in addressing the workforce shortage, and draw on their strengths. The overarching goal of this workshop is to develop a unified approach across the Geospatial ecosystem to address workforce challenges and form the foundation for deeper collaboration to achieve long-lasting results.
Intended outputs of the workshop: The output of the workshop is shape the basis of 3 to 4 program design concepts to be adopted by Industry, developed and delivered throughout the year and reported against at the 2024 Locate Conference.

Presenter: Darryl Gibson, Geoscape
Time: 1400 – 1500
Room: City Room 4

Explore the power of location data in this 60-minute interactive workshop led by Geoscape experts. You’ll learn how to harness the full potential of location services through a practical demonstration. Using Geoscape APIs, you’ll discover how to identify and model the insights of an address. From locating the address, to identifying existing buildings and attributes, to modelling using BoM data, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to turn your location-based ideas into action.
Our spatial experts will share the code of the fully working app through an open-source repo on GitHub and attendees will have the opportunity to clone the demo application and develop their own version. The workshop concludes with a Q&A session where Geoscape will provide feedback and recognition to participants on their projects. Join us and unlock the potential of API and take your location-based ideas to the next level.

Presenter: Daniel Kruimel, Woolpert
Time: 1530 – 1700
Room: City Room 4

Gone are the days of having to compromise quality for speed, and speed for quality, when acquiring planimetric maps. Woolpert, in conjunction with an industry partner are creating a first of its kind 3D Land Cover Vector Map across the major cities of Australia.
Leveraging sub 15cm imagery, proprietary artificial intelligence systems have created a 14-feature Land Cover of the manmade and natural environment. Layers include 3D buildings, roads, bridge, railway, driveway, sidewalk, parking lot, swimming pool, sports field, water body, forest, grassland, bareland, and paved area.
The use of cutting-edge technology and advanced algorithms enables the vectors to be routinely updated, providing users with the most current information available. Despite its speed, the data still adheres to rigorous quality standards, achieving the quality of a GIS Professional, to ensure precision, accuracy, and reliability. This combination of speed and quality makes the data a valuable resource for a wide range of industries and applications.
The workshop will cover the underlying technology and methodologies used in the creation of the database, as well as its potential applications in various fields such as rapid change detection, parcel level stormwater fee calculations, environmental management, and urban planning.
Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the vectors and explore its capabilities through hands-on demonstrations and an interactive session (BYO laptop / device required).

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