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2013

14 December 2013

CSDILA congratulates Ali Aien on receiving his Doctorate on 14 December at the University of Melbourne.  

27 November 2013

A high-level delegation comprising 18 representatives across federal and state government departments from Malaysia including representatives from the Departments of Lands and Mines, Survey and Mapping and Finance; Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit Corporation and the Iskandar Development Region (Southern Malaysia). Representatives were mostly interested in learning more about the Department’s 3D Land and Property Management project as well as research on marine cadastres.

19 November 2013

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Melbourne on 19 November 2013 to work cooperatively in the development of training, higher education and research in the public safety realm.

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19 November 2013

Prof Abbas Rajabifard and a group comprising Mr Ged Griffin, Mr David Williams, Mr Geoff Spring, Mr Jan Wandek and Prof Daniel Paez are in New York for the The Next Generation Public Safety symposium, held at the New York Academy of Sciences, to discuss the latest breakthroughs in disaster management and to introduce a new disaster management platform. Prof Rajabifard will showcase the first public demonstration of the Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP), a new system for collating and distributing information during a crisis.

After the symposium in New York, Prof Rajabifard will be a guest of Prof Paez of Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia. Prof Rajabifard will give two talks there, including one keynote presentation at the International Surveying Congress.

11 October 2013

The University of Melbourne approved the Centre’s International Disaster Management proposal. This marks the project’s expansion into countries such as Chile, Brazil, Colombia and China.

8 October 2013

The ADMP team held their first Disaster Management and Public Safety seminar organised jointly with the NDMRI group. The seminar was well attended with over 70 people from across industry, the University, and other universities within Melbourne.  The ADMP team would like to thank everyone who attended for their participation and support of the research being conducted within the field of disaster management and public safety. We look forward to a successful seminar series in the future. 

2 October 2013

Seminar with Land Victoria was held to discuss and explored land research with the Centre. Key Centre personnel such as Prof Abbas Rajabifard, Dr Mohsen Kalantari and Prof Ian Bishop, along with PhD Candidates and centre researchers presented their research and engaged with Land Victoria in this seminar.

1 October 2013

Dr Kim Jin and Mr Lee Kil Jae from the Spatial Information Research Institute Korea Cadastral Survey Corp. visited the centre today.  

30 September 2013

Prof Abbas Rajabifard is back from a productive trip to Dubai for the “Geo-Empower Middle East Summit”. There were several discussions with government bodies from various countries and private corporations and Prof Rajabifard says that these talks were promising with “potential for future collaboration” and joint initiatives on Centre projects and research such as Aurin and Ands, 3D Land Management and VGI Mapping.

30 September 2013

Abbas Rajabifard delivered a plenary talk in the  Human Factors in Crises and Disasters Thematic Conference 2013, focusing on the ADMP project.The conference brought together the world’s best expertise and experience in dealing with all aspects of the human factors associated with natural and man-made crises and disasters. For further details regarding the conference, please visit the conference website: www.wpathematicconference.org  

16–18 September 2013

Professor Abbas Rajabifard was in Dubai for the “Geo-Empower Middle East Summit” from 16-18 September. He chaired the summit which features the theme “Geospatial technology for strengthening economy and Advancing National Priorities”. The three-day summit featured industry leaders, case studies, interactive panel talks and roundtable discussions which touched on key themes such as geospatial growth in the region and the latest geospatial technologies.

For more information, go to itc.fleminggulf.com/geo-empower-middle-east-summit

13 September 2013

We are happy to announce that Dr Allison Kealy (PhD Geodesy, BSc Surveying), Associate Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, was awarded the SSSI Educational Development Award at the 9th Annual Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (VSEA) on 12 September. The Awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and showcase the finest projects that the Victorian Spatial Industry has to offer.

13 September 2013

Mr Teo Cheehai, the president of FIG visited the Centre on the September 13th. He visited Melbourne for the Victorian Spatial Summit.

10 September 2013

The Surveyor General of India, Dr Swarna Subba Rao, visited the Centre on the September 10th. He visited Melbourne for the Victorian Spatial Summit.

15 August 2013

On August 15th Professor Abbas Rajabifard spoke at the upcoming Continuity Forum members meeting in Melbourne on the topic of: Australian Disaster Management Platform – Next Generation of Disaster Management.

Continuity Forum Pty Ltd is an active network of organisations that share an interest in seeing that their business continuity and disaster recovery plans are resilient and continually reviewed. The presentation introduced the Australian Disaster Management Platform – ADMP and discussed the aims and challenges of the project.

The details of the meeting and an extended summary of the topic can be found on the Continuity Forum website: www.continuity.net.au/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=668

8 August 2013

The North and West Data Integration and Demonstrator Project Showcase was held on Thursday, 8 August, atWoodward Conference Centre, the University of Melbourne.

5 August 2013

Professor Ian Williamson AM was awarded an Honorary Doctrate in Surveying by the University of Melbourne. This award is because of Ian’s recognized contributions to research, his profession and academia.

5 August 2013

Mr Brian Marwick graduated from his Masters degree and received his certificate. Congratulations to Brian for this great achievement.

24 July 2013

A Chinese delegation of 18 members from Ningxia Administrative Bureau of Public Re-sources Trading visited the Department 24 July.

22–25 June 2013

Mr Sam Amirebrahimi attended the inaugural Multi-Hazards Summer School held at Tohoku University in Japan on 23-25 July 2013 and presented the Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) and Centre’s activities around disaster management to the international audience.

21–30 June 2013

Jill Urban-Karr, the executive vice president of Stewart Global Solutions, US, visited the Centre. The main purpose of the visit to discuss the potential collaboration in land administration domain between Centre and the SGS.

13–14 May 2013

Professor Abbas Rajabifard and Mr Brian Marwick attended and presented at the VANZI Conference, 13–14 May 2013 at Australian Technology Park, Sydney. It brings together Local, State and Federal regulators, utilities, property owners and professionals, financiers & insurers who have an interest in every phase of the property cycle, as well as technology providers.

8 May 2013

Professor Abbas Rajabifard recently accepted his fellowship award from Engineers Australia at the Industry Fellows Lunch: Securing Australia’s Energy Future, Capitalising on Victoria’s engineering expertise, 8 May 2013 at Zinc, Federation Square.

24 April 2013

On the 24 April 2013, the first Australia Disaster Management Platform Workshop was held. The workshop was well attended with approximately 35 attendees from across the University of Melbourne, including members of the CSDILA team. The Melbourne School of Engineering Dean Professor Iven Mareels opened the workshop highlighting the importance of collaboration in developing a richer and smarter platform for all Hazards research. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the ADMP concepts and strategic direction, to work with participants on the architecture of the platform with IBM presenting the first conceptual plan and to discuss the opportunities for collaboration and participation. The second hour of the presentation involved a facilitated discussion focussing on the four topics of Data, Services, Models and Visualisation. The ADMP management committee are now coordinating the suggestions and inputs from participants and are now working towards funding opportunities through the Carlton Connect Scheme. If you are interested in partnering with a Carlton Connect submission please contact Abbas Rajabifard – abbas.r@unimelb.edu.au.

16–19 April 2013

Professor Abbas Rajabifard attended the Annual International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education (IECHE) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16 – 19 April. He was part of a University delegation led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).

8–11 April 2013

Professor Abbas Rajabifard traveled to Washington, USA to presented and chaired sessions at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

16 March 2013

CSDILA congratulates Nilofer Christensen, Hamed Olfat, Muyiwa Agunbiade and Heri Sultana on receiving their Doctorates on 16 March at the University of Melbourne.  Heri was unable to attend the ceremony, since he is currently working in Indonesia, but will receive his degree by correspondence.

14 March 2013

The University of Melbourne, IBM and NICTA are collaborating on developing innovative, integrated, open standards based whole-systems disaster-management platform expected to be implemented in stages over the next few years. The platform will enable all those involved in the planning for, responses to and the recovery from multi-hazard disasters including communities to make swift, effective decisions, based on comprehensive, accurate, real-time information. The platform will draw on vast amounts of geo-spatial and infrastructure information from multiple data sets (including many sets already in existence), bring these together, facilitate discovery and then integrate and analyse the data to create real-time, practical information streams on disaster events and to develop simulation and optimisation models. This practical information will then be communicated at appropriate levels of detail, to the wide spectrum of people involved making emergency decisions.

21 February 2013

A 3D workshop was held to discuss the important issues and challenges facing 3D land and property information. We designed this workshop to encourage debate and discussion of three key areas facing 3D cadastres in the world today:

  1. 3D digital land and property information: Which data for what purpose/s?
  2. What are the opportunities and impediments in realising a 3D digital land and property information system?
  3. What changes are necessary for the adoption of a 3D digital land and property information system?

18 February 2013

This week CSDILA welcomes our international guests: Prof Stig Enemark (Denmark), Daniel Steudler (Switzerland), Tatiana Delgado (Cuba) and from interstate, Kevin McDougall (Qld).

13 February 2013

We congratulate four of the Centre’s PhD students who have recently completed their studies: Heri Sutanta, Muyiwa Agunbiade, Hamed Olfat and Nilofer Christensen, Feb, 2013.

4–6 February 2013

Prof Abbas Rajabifard attended and presented at the Second High level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management, an UN initiative held in Qatar, 4–6 Feb, 2013.

21–23 January 2013

Prof Abbas Rajabifard and leading academics recently returned from Chennai, India where they were asked to co-host an international workshop titled: Spatially enabled nations: Workshop on a meta-integrative framework towards improving Disaster Management practices in India and Australia in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and University of Madras.

January 2013

The Centre for SDIs and Land Administration received a certificate of appreciation for participating in Melbourne Knowledge Week 2012. For further information: Melbourne Knowledge Week 2012.

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