Workshops

WORKSHOPS: tUESDAY 24 MAY

The below workshops are available to register for as part of the Locate22 program. All workshops are included in full conference registrations and Tuesday only registrations and can be booked during the registration process.

0900 – 1200
EU-Australia geospatial (temporal) technologies for disaster management and emergency response
EU Global Action on Space

This workshop, organised as part of the EU Global Action on Space, funded by the European Union, will cover geospatial technologies and systems for disaster management and emergency response focused on effective solutions that Copernicus and Galileo systems can bring to the Pacific region.

The session will begin with a general introduction of the geospatial capabilities offered by the EU space programme, including a case study, as well as a detailed presentation of Australian initiatives to tackle disaster management and emergency response issues. The second part of the workshop will address more technical solutions, including the organisational structures created to deal with disasters and emergencies using geospatial technologies, the development and description of disaster management tools, the deployment of an SBAS for Australia and New Zealand, and the strategies devised to mitigate the effects of space weather on critical infrastructures.

For further information on the EU Space Programme, please visit our website and register for the online Global Action event on 23 May.

0900 – 1200
Get the full picture with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
Megan Gallaher, Solutions Engineer, L3Harris Geospatial. SAR Expert & Dipak Paudyal, Chief Scientist, APAC Geospatial, SAR Expert
This workshop session is designed to showcase application of Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for several geospatial applications progressively from a simple to more complex outcomes. The workshop will provide an overview of SAR technology and its application followed by some examples of implementation of the technology using a commercial Off the Shelf ENVI SARscape product. Three key topics/application areas will be presented. These application areas will be demonstrated live with ENVI SARscape – the intention being that the attendees can get hands-on skills to learn the process/workflow such that they can carry out the tasks easily themselves once they are back to their respective workplaces.
Topic: What is SAR? Benefits of SAR
Topic: Land & Ocean Applications of SAR
Topic: A Deeper Dive into SAR – Agriculture and Land Surface Deformation.

0900 – 1200
As-constructed data validation and automated data integration into GIS and Asset Management Systems
Presenters: Johan Nel, CTO, Open Spatial (Sydney), Philip Nell, Operations Manager- Technical, Open Spatial (Sydney), Peter Woodhouse, Development Engineer, Rogers Constructions Pty Ltd (Warnambool), Colin Hobson, CEO, Open Spatial (California, USA)
Validating and consuming asset and GIS information from as-constructed plans is a complex task that involves many departments and players and is critical for getting reliable and validated data into GIS and Asset Management schemas. This workshop will have 2 components – the workshop at Loacte2022 and on online hands-on exercise.
A facilitated interactive workshop and discussion covering the challenges and practices currently in use by attendees, as well as structured discussions on the following topics: CAD standards and GIS standards, Matching CAD drawing data to GIS features, As-constructed submittal workflows and the associated data workflows required to ensure efficient and qualified data capture, Data validation rules and how to apply them, Common issues and errors and how to avoid them.
In addition, an online hands-on exercise will be offered for attendees prior to Locate2022, to create and submit a drawing to an online validation portal, perform error checks and fixes and once the drawing is valid, get GIS data output. The hands-on online experiences will be reviewed and discussed at the workshop. The hands-on exercise will be available before the workshop to registered attendees and possibly others by request. 

0900 – 1200
The National Positioning Infrastructure Capability and the future direction of CORS networks in Australia
The workshop will be facilitated by Geoscience Australia, with presentations and discussions lead by experts from government, industry, and academia.
Geospatial professionals need reliable access to public and private networks of positioning infrastructure to obtain accurate positions in real-time. These accurate and reliable positions are a critical input to creating a spatially enabled society. To enable access and future-proof these networks, the Commonwealth Government, through Geoscience Australia, has collaborated with the state and territory governments and private sector to coordinate and establish a national network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS). This network, referred to as the National Positioning Infrastructure Capability (NPIC), provides open access to over 700 reference stations across Australia and supports the delivery of centimetre accurate positioning services in areas of mobile phone coverage. This workshop will provide an overview of the capability, enable participants to share their views on how to improve the current system and provide insights to inform a future strategy. The workshop will commence with a discussion on the benefits of a national approach to CORS, followed by a series of short presentations from government and industry CORS operators on what the future looks like for their network. Participants will support knowledge building and capability sharing by validating some business intelligence insights which will be shared and workshopped by Geoscience Australia. As the NPIC network has opened up tremendous opportunities for the surveying and spatial industry, we will engage with the participants, encouraging them to share how they are using CORS to innovate within the sector. Following this, we will seek feedback on the current capability and capture user requirements so that we can further improve the services being offered. To further explore future positioning trends, we will conclude the workshop with a panel discussion, with audience participation, on the future of RTK technology and CORS networks in a Precise Point Positioning world. This workshop will be suitable for everyone who is contributing to a connected and spatially enabled society, by utilising the NPIC accurate and reliable positioning services to support their business needs.

0900 – 1200
An introduction to point clouds and laser scanning for geospatial applications
Steven Sheppard, Geospatial Solutions Specialist, Trimble Inc.
Point clouds are being leveraged more in geospatial applications to provide a fast way of capturing information in the field and ensure the entire scene is well documented when compared to discrete measurement techniques. In this workshop we’ll explore the various methods of generating point clouds including; photogrammetry, terrestrial laser scanning, and mobile laser scanning. From there we’ll do some hands on with a terrestrial laser scanning to discuss some of the differing techniques to capture and register the data. After collecting some data we’ll then look at the processing of photogrammetric data and laser scan data and how office software is being leveraged to remove the burden of processing and automatically generate CAD deliverables where possible. Part presentation – part hands on, at the end you should have a much better basis to assess the pros and cons to adding different technology to projects.

0900 – 1100
Capturing the right address the first time
Darryl Gibson, Customer Success Manager, Geoscape Australia
We collect addresses from customers and others as a matter of routine. But many organisations don’t check the addresses they collect at the point of engagement and their databases become unwieldy, often requiring costly and time-consuming data cleansing down the track. Bad data costs time and money. There are about 60,000 new addresses created every three months in Australia so keeping up to date can be a challenge. Integrating customer-facing forms with a good address service can help by collecting real, clean and structured addresses at the time the data is entered. Interactively providing address matches to your customers as they type improves customer experience and reduces the chance of entering invalid addresses. You can also add insight by including location-enabled data to the address for segmentation and analysis.
This hands-on activity will introduce Geoscape’s API address services and guide participants in creating a simple web page that demonstrates the use of these services for data entry and capture. Bring your laptop for this one!

1130 – 1230
Human centred design techniques to improve your web mapping applications
Nikita Moorcroft, Nova Systems
Many web mapping applications in the market have overly complex user interfaces that aim to satisfy a broad range of users and requirements. Spatially enabled web applications are often based on default Geographic Information Systems (GIS) templates and off-the-shelf products with applications typically having a central map control, a layer control with many different spatial layers and a series of generalised tools for querying and selecting features on the map. These applications often assume users have the background technical knowledge and time and ability to drive these tools to meet their requirements. For the past several years Nova Systems has been conducting user research across a broad range of web mapping applications. Our findings are that these tools are not very engaging and user friendly for public users from non-GIS backgrounds as these users expect intuitive well-designed web and mobile applications like the other consumer focused applications they use every day. More engaging and useful web mapping applications can be built by moving away from standard GIS web mapping application templates and basing the application’s design on a deep understanding of the potential users, their requirements, and behaviours through use of Human Centred Design (HCD) approaches to drive the product lifecycle. We have successfully applied these approaches to building web mapping solutions by gathering a deep understanding of users through an experimental approach to user research and engagement via interviews, surveys, observational studies, and co-design activities. This workshop will be a highly collaborative chance for conference participants to learn from Nova System’s past experience of building web applications using user research and HCD methods. The workshop will incorporate common problems experienced in industry and provide participants with carefully crafted HCD activities designed to place users at the heart of the product delivery process. Workshop activities will cover creating Vision Statements, Empathy Maps, basic lo-fidelity wireframing and user testing.

1300 – 1430
Working with Defence: Security, Innovation and Opportunities
Jason Savage, Director Defence Industry Security Office; Office of Defence Industry Support; and Andrew Hodgkinson, Assistant Secretary, Defence Capability and Innovation.
The Department of Defence is hosting a workshop for industry providing guidance on working in the Defence sector, meeting security requirements, and innovation opportunities. Firstly, the Defence Industry Security Office will present on the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP), is a Defence initiative that allows Australian businesses to ensure their business meets Defence standards when engaging in Defence projects or contracts. Following this, the Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) will present on how they operate and how businesses can best engage with them as the one-stop-shop for Defence industry support and guidance. Finally, the Innovation Hub will present on how industry can engage with them for innovation opportunities, including their processes, case studies and innovation priorities.

1300 – 1545
Progressing the Modern Digital Cadastre
Ryanne Firme – DCM Production Manager Spatial Vision, Ian Miller – Chief Technology Officer Spatial Vision, Spatial & Surveying Representatives from NSW, QLD, NT, WA, SA, VIC, ACT & TAS government, Private sector invitees (Jacobs, Geodata, etc), Representative from FrontierSI
As one of the contractors delivering the adjustment phase of Victoria’s $47m Digital Cadastre Modernisation Project, this workshop will enable us to share Spatial Vision’s learnings after two years’ work. Reporting on the outcomes and issues encountered in Victoria and comparing them with other jurisdictions will enable the broader geospatial community to progress their aspirations towards modernising the cadastre. A round table discussion to share lessons learnt, identify requisite skills, note automation opportunities and contribute to standards and lead to the establishment of a community of practice for improving and modernising the cadastre. Our experience has been challenging but also very rewarding, making significant progress and allowing us to deliver an adjusted LGA almost every four weeks. The methodology and processes for urban areas are working well, with more precise cadastral guidance used whenever unusual nuances are encountered. The method for rural areas is being tested, and we’re confident that we are on the right path towards defining the process required. A critical benefit arising from this workshop will be providing an opportunity for the profession to come together, identify potential collaborative approaches, achieve the improvement of a vital geospatial resource, and fulfil community expectations regarding certainty of linking land and real property.

1545 – 1715
Ginan – Geoscience Australia’s GNSS analysis centre software and positioning correction services
Martine Woolf (Branch Head of National Positioning Infrastructure Branch), Vincent Rooke (Director of GNSS Analysis), Simon McClusky, Lead GNSS Scientist, GNSS Engineers, GNSS DEVOPS Engineers, Rupert Brown, Product Development Manager
The Australian Government, through Geoscience Australia’s (GA) Positioning Australia program, is funding the design, development and service of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) that delivers real-time precise point positioning correction services through an open-source software– known as Ginan.
This system will give individuals and organisations no-cost access to software and products that can greatly enhance the accuracy of positioning across Australia, from metres to centimetres.
This workshop is designed to showcase the Ginan user platform:
• What precise point positioning (PPP) is and how is that different to RTK (Real-Time Kinematic)
• Key features of Ginan v1.0 will be demonstrated
• Confirm with participants a working Ginan set-up – see the YouTube examples.
• Demonstration of the example files and what can be achieved with Ginan as shown by the example files.
• Discussion of what four key parts of the configuration files “YAML” do.
• Post-processed showcase using example files
• QA Demonstrator – A live PPP demonstration that provides a practical demonstration of connecting to and using positioning correction streams – mobile GNSS receiver somewhere.

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