This week, we’ve been lucky enough to be over in New Zealand attending the International Spatial Science and Surveying Conference (SSSC) – we’re there with our friends from Eagle Technology (the Esri distributor for NZ). It’s been a great conference so far – and an excellent opportunity to catch up with our NZ colleagues!
Last night at the gala dinner, we made a special announcement - the formation of a new alliance with one of Australia’s peak spatial bodies, the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). It’s an ‘industry-first’ partnership that’s designed to expand spatial technology into new, ‘untapped’ markets. Very exciting!
Speaking from the conference, our Managing Director Brett Bundock said the partnership would facilitate a series of strategic round table discussions with business leaders from sectors where GIS is not yet established.
“Our goal here is to pave the way for an expansion and use of the science into non-traditional markets,” he said. “Following the public role of GIS during this year’s flood crisis in Queensland, a number of sectors are now looking with great interest to how the technology can strengthen their decision-making. Esri Australia has been a member of the spatial industry for over 34 years – this partnership with SSSI gives us the opportunity to drive the sector forward, taking with us a membership base that has also contributed significantly to the industry’s success.
“We are bringing together some of the Australian spatial industry’s chief thought leaders to not only determine ways we can foster growth in traditional markets – but also how we can continue to forge a strong position for the technology in emerging sectors, like agribusiness, health and engineering. GIS is a game-changing technology – in any industry – and through research, round-table discussions and promotional forums, we intend to build a deeper understanding of that potential across the broader Australian business community.”
The alliance is expected to drive new training and educational opportunities in the local market, and see the production of joint industry reports and in-depth analysis of challenges facing the spatial industry.
SSSI CEO Roger Buckley, also at the conference, commented that the partnership was the first of its kind entered into by the peak industry body, whose membership includes hundreds of Australia’s leading spatial technology professionals.
“This is a unique case of two market leaders sharing data, expertise and market intel to champion geospatial technology,” Mr Buckley said.
“It’s a natural pairing – Esri Australia has the country’s premier spatial technology and know-how, while we represent hundreds of Australia’s most highly regarded cartographers, remote sensors, land surveyors, photogrammetrists and other spatial professionals. Together, we have an unmatched ability to drive growth in the spatial sector – and support organisations around the country in their use of location intelligence. There are many businesses who don’t yet understand where spatial technology can fit within their organisation and through this partnership, we’re here to say ‘let us show you’.”
The SSSC Conference was an ideal time to announce the partnership, with a key focus of the event being about the increasing role of location intelligence and location-based services in organisations across the region. The theme is ‘Innovation in Action: Working Smarter’ and already we’ve heard from a range of specialists about how GIS is driving success in the region.
Day One – Monday – was a day of workshops like ‘Making the business case for investment in geospatial information’, and a great one from Eagle Technology that provided an introduction to ArcGIS.
There were more workshops on day two, including ‘Getting down with ArcGIS Mobile’ presented by Eagle, GIS for Managers (presented by Eagle and our very own Maree Wilson) and also a full day workshop on GIS in emergency management.
Yesterday’s plenary sessions kicked off with a bang, with high profile speakers including Celia Wade-Brown, the Mayor of Wellington, and the Hon Maurice Williamson, Minister for Land Information.
Anyway – that’s just a snap shot… And there’s still two days of the conference to go!
Are you over there attending? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the conference so far!