MHS Attends the QSSC Conference


The Australian Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) holds an annual Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference (QSSC). The SSSI is the Australian peak body that represents the interests of surveying and spatial science professionals. The 2017 QSSC Conference was a two-day event held on the 4th and 5th of May. MHS was happy to attend. This year’s conference topic was ‘From Seabed to Space. Managing global uncertainty in a spatial world.’

We have put together an overview article to show the different topics addressed at the conference. Perhaps, it will inspire you to attend next year? Or at least send an employee or colleague to the conference to bring back some info. Keeping up to date with the industry and new technological developments is important and a real focus for MHS.



The first day of the QSSC conference…


Future of Mapping and Hydrography

This was the opening session and really set the pace and quality for the rest of the conference. The advancement in mapping and Hydrography technology was discussed along with how the advancements are fuelling greater efficiencies in our community. Basically, our understanding and predictions of the different environments are improving as the mapping capabilities of both the land and seabed continue to evolve.


Queensland Infrastructure and the Commonwealth games industry showcase

The purpose of this session was to understand how spatial technologies and processes have enabled enhanced outcomes for the creation of iconic projects across Queensland. Discussed how spatial professionals delivered critical infrastructure for the State of Queensland through spatial problem solving with latest technology.


Spatial trends and directions with State and Local Government

Community management is constantly changing and with it government spatial systems are evolving at a rapid pace to meet community expectation and rising costs. Government systems are advancing and as a result, there are benefits for the consumer and industry, the benefits were discussed in this session.


Remote sensing: Changing our view of the world

This session’s purpose was to examine how remote sensing is changing the way we view the world. Remote sensing and processing technology innovations are rapidly changing our view of the world as well as our ability to combat change in our environments from space.


UAV and Drones

Drones are changing the world and how we perceive it. This can be seen across numerous industries not just surveying and spatial sciences. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and drones are permanently disrupting traditional work practices, service delivery and enhancing spatial practice in ways not thought possible.


Legal and ethical future considerations for Spatial Professionals

It is important to a spatial profession to stay relevant to the shifts in legal thinking. Good Governance, Legal and ethical considerations are the foundations of professional practice. However, these too can change and do. This session outlined some of the changes and what we can do to stay relevant.


The second day of the QSSC conference involved…


Visualisation of our environments as a spatial paradigm

This session focused on visualisation theory and technology, especially why presentation technology is so influential in the eyes of the consumer. After all, visualisation through technology is allowing greater depths of understanding of spatial products and services.


Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Data Management and Big Data

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become powerful decision-making tools for businesses, governments and communities. This session showcased the advancements in IT, software and knowledge in the field of spatial data management. It also outlined how GIS is making better financial, ethical and cultural decisions in our community.


Building Information Management and asset management technology

The ability to replicate the physical world on the desktops of designers, managers and asset owners is getting better every year. From Laser scanning to underground radar, 4D building information modelling is becoming more advanced. This session focused on the technology and the BIM paradigm and how this creates efficiency across all levels of building, construction and asset management.


Land Administration and Development

This session discussed how planning and land administration are receiving spatial advancements. It was also discussed how regional communities can face challenges when integrating technological advancements. It is the Spatial professionals that are heavily drawn upon when communities are planned and managed.