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14 December

Mr Chris McRae’s Retirement

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, our director and Head of Department of Infrastructure Engineering, attended Mr Chris McRae’s Retirement Function in Land Use Victoria on Thursday 14 December. As the Executive Director of Land Use Victoria and Registrar of Titles, Chris was the Chair of Industry Advisory Board of Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Chris McRae
Abbas speaking at Chris’ retirement function

13 December

Dr Hosna Tashakkori Hashemi’s Graduation

CSDILA congratulates Dr Hosna Tashakkori Hashemi on receiving her Doctorate degree on Wednesday the 13th of December at the University of Melbourne. Dr Tashakkori’s PhD thesis was titled ’Indoor search and rescue using a 3D indoor emergency spatial model’.

From left to right: Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Dr Hosna Tashakkori Hashemi, Dr Mohsen Kalantari

11 December

CSDILA entered to a significant partnership with Land Use Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victorian State Government

CSDILA has entered into a significant partnership with Land Use Victoria (LUV), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victorian Government, to modernise the land subdivision process as part of the e-Plan initiative.

We launched our partnership on Monday 11 December, with attendees from government, industry and Melbourne University executives.

Currently, information generated from surveys is still predominantly on paper and, at most can be shared digitally as a PDF. There is limited capacity to share or access the huge amount of work and data produced in past projects.

e-Plan will digitise surveying processes

e-Plan can support information from cadastral surveys and subdivision plans and can be shared to a database for reuse in new subdivision plans.

During the launch, Professor James McCluskey, DVC (Research) at the University of Melbourne, described this project as one of the first of its kind in the world. He highlighted how important this project was to the University as ground-breaking, collaborative research that translates into something useful and practical for Australia. This meets the current vision for research and development at the university.

The potential of e-Plan would be severely limited if it were not for the collaborative effort between CSDILA and LUV, DELWP. Mr Mark Briffa, LUV, described how well placed the team was both in the government and surveying industry, this underpins the project. This partnership allows for a greater pool of resources and an assured ongoing work plan … There are also very exciting prospects for developing 3D capacity in e-Plan [with CSDILA’s help] Mr Briffa said.

The project was kicked off by DELWP in 2008, and CSDILA has been instrumental in driving the project ever since. DELWP is now officially outsourcing the project development to CSDILA, as the only Australian Centre with expertise in this area.

11 December

Abbas and Saeed

Dr Saeed Asadi’s Graduation

CSDILA congratulates Dr Saeed Asadi on receiving his Doctorate degree on Monday the 11th of December at the University of Melbourne. Dr Asadi’s PhD thesis was titled Road space optimisation for multiclass and multimodal traffic networks.

1 November

Dr Atazadeh received the Victorian Spatial Excellence Postgraduate Award

CSDILA congratulates Dr Behnam Atazadeh on receiving the Victorian Spatial Excellence Award (VSEA) for Postgraduate Student on Wednesday 1 November 2017. This award is conferred to Dr Atazadeh due to his PhD research project which significantly contributed to the ongoing progression of the surveying and spatial industry.

Dr Behnam Atazadeh receiving his award

9 October

Prof Rajabifard’s invited speech in Malaysia

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CSDILA, has been invited by Malaysian Board of Surveyors and delivered a one day talk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prof Rajabifard’s speech was about Spatially Enabled Platform to Support Liveability Planning for Smart Cities.

Abbas speaking in Malaysia

2 August

CSDILA has entered an MOU with CSLP to integrate law and policy into technology research and education

The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA), and the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (CSLP) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combine research and training on geospatial technology with the associated legal and policy implications.

Under the MOU, the parties will jointly seek opportunities for interdisciplinary research on matters relating to geospatial technologies. In addition, the two Centres will work to incorporate spatial law and policy into geospatial training for senior executives, as well as into undergraduate and graduate geospatial technology curriculums.

Professor Abbas, Director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, stated that

Spatial data infrastructures are an enabling platform for delivering spatially enabled societies and also empowering government to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of services and to have informed decisions; hence the relationship between spatial data and the legal and policy framework is vital. This collaboration between our two centres is important because it means we can provide a full skill set that enables spatial data technologies to be better utilised for supporting government, industry and wider society.

Spatial data infrastructures are an enabling platform for delivering spatially enabled societies and also empowering government to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of services and to have informed decisions; hence the relationship between spatial data and the legal and policy framework is vital. This collaboration between our two centres is important because it means we can provide a full skill set that enables spatial data technologies to be better utilised for supporting government, industry and wider society.

The partners will also explore joint-research and consulting on the technical, legal and policy factors that impact the collection, use, storage and distribution of geospatial information. For example, on matters such as spatial data infrastructures, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Kevin Pomfret, Executive Director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy, stated that:

Geospatial technology is raising a number of challenging legal and policy issues. These issues cut across technology platforms and legal disciplines. As a result, integrating spatial law and policy into geospatial education and research has always been a primary mission of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy.

27 May

Abbas and Farhad

Dr Farhad Laylavi’s PhD completion

CSDILA congratulates Dr Farhad Laylavi on receiving his Doctorate degree this Saturday the 27th of May at the University of Melbourne. Farhad’s thesis was titled A framework for adopting twitter data in emergency response.

12 April

Visit from Denise McKenzie, OGC

Members from CSDILA and our close partner, the CDMPS, met with Denise McKenzie to showcase our capabilities and current projects in the area of 3D visualisation platforms. Denise McKenzie is the executive director of Communications and Outreach at Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

From left to right: Dr Sam Amirebrahimi, Dr Soheil Sabri, Mr Alireza Kashian, Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Ms Denise McKenzie, and Dr Yiqun (Benny) Chen.

11 April

Visit from Dr Remetey-Fülöpp Gábor

Dr Remetey-Fülöpp Gábor visited Director Abbas Rajabifard on Wednesday 11 April. On the agenda was opportunities for collaboration.

Dr Remetey-Fülöpp Gábor is the GSDI liaison to the Committee of Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS).

Prof Abbas Rajabifard and Dr Remetey-Fülöpp Gábor

Dr Gábor is also the delegation to the:

  • Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary XIII
  • Hungarian National Geographical Information Association (HUNAGI)
  • National Geodetic Survey
  • The Presidium of the Hungarian Astronautical Society (abbreviated as MANT in Hungarian)
  • MFT

 He was also the Secretary General of HUNAGI (Nov 1994 – May 2015).

5 April

10th International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate 17

As part of the 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17, Professor Rajabifard delivered a keynote talk on Building a Global Disaster Management Platform: Delivering Smart Disaster Communities and chaired a session on disaster management.

Professor Rajabifard  delivering his keynote talk

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) promote academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. They explore Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.

The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand.

For more information and to see the full program, visit locateconference.com

Special news item

3D GeoInfo Conference 2017

Conference banner

It is our pleasure to invite you to take part in 3D Australia from the 24–27 October 2017.

12th 3D Geoinfo Conference 2017: 26–27 October

The 3D GeoInfo Conference aims at bringing together international researchers from academia, industry and government in the field of 3D geoinformation. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum to researchers in the fields of data collection, advanced modelling approaches, data analysis and visualisation.

BIM-GIS Integration Workshop: 25 October

BIM-GIS Integration will be organised as a pre–conference workshop session of the 3D GeoInfo 2017. The IAG WG4.2.4 is organising this workshop to provide a platform for researchers to present and discuss their work in the various aspects of BIM and GIS integration. Participation in the BIM-GIS integration Workshop is included in the 3D Geoinfo registration fee.

3D Cadastres symposium and training: 24 October

The 3D Cadastre symposium will present Centre for SDIs and Land Administration’s previous and current research topics related to 3D Cadastre. It will also provide training on the implementation of 3D digital cadastral systems.

To find out more about the conference and key dates please visit our conference website: 3DGeoInfo2017.com

Please contact us at  chair@3dgeoinfo2017.com to join our mailing list for updates.

23 February

4th UN-GGIM Arab States Plenary Meeting

On the 23rd of February 2017, CSDILA Director, Professor Abbas Rajabifard gave a keynote speech at the 4th UN-GGIM Arab States Plenary Meeting in Doha, Qatar. Professor Abbas Rajabifard is the chair of the UN-GGIM Academic Network.

The UN-GGIM (United Nations on Global Geospatial Information Management) exists to address issues relating to the management and development of geospatial information from the local to global levels. It encompasses an Academic Network to capture the role and contributions of academia in global spatial information management.

View the meeting agenda.

5 February

Professor Jacynthe Pouliot

Welcome Professor Jacynthe Pouliot

We would like to welcome Professor Jacynthe Pouliot who is visiting CSDILA from the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada.

Professor Pouliot is from the Department of Geomatic Sciences and has expertise in 3D modelling, 3D cadastre applications, geospatial data integration and geospatial information systems. We are excited to collaborate with her.

View Professor Jacynthe Pouliot’s profile

2 February

Stig Enemark with Abbas Rajabifard

Welcome and Congratulations Professor Stig Enemark

Professor Stig Enemark visited CSDILA this week from Aalborg University, he is also the president of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).  His visit was also a fantastic opportunity to present him with his award. 

On the occasion of the CSDILA 15 Year Celebration event in September 2016, Professor Enemark was awarded in recognition of his significant academic and professional contributions to the spatial discipline, and longstanding support of CSDILA. He was not able to attend this occasion, but he has now officially accepted his award.

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