Speakers Announced for “OGC-o-Rabble” Sydney, 30 November

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC:http://www.opengeospatial.org/) will host its ‘Technical Committee’ meeting in Australia. To celebrate this event,  GeoRabble is joining forces with the OGC, to bring you a special ‘OGC-o-Rabble’ session on Monday 30 November, from 5:30 PM at the Swanson Hotel.

Pizza courtesy of Jacobs

We are proud to have secured an awesome program for the evening. A mix of Ozzie and International speakers, a return by popular demand of our Geo-Trivia, and of course the opportunity to mingle and network over drinks, free pizza (thanks to Jacobs‘ generous sponsoring) at an iconic Aussie venue.

Scott Simmons, the Executive Director of the Standards Program for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), will share his experience on leading a consensus process to develop location-related standards.

Dr Carl Reed, recently retired as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), he will tell us “How to speak fair dinkum Spatial”, sharing with us an American’s first introduction to speaking Strayan that will go into serious thanks to Aussie contributions to spatial technology and the spatial industry.

Roger Lott, Chairman of the IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) Geodesy Subcommittee will talk about the importance of the new version of well-known text (WKT) for describing coordinate reference system definitions that has recently been developed jointly by OGC and ISO. 

Tim Leigh, GeoRabble co-founder and Principal Consultant at Scalable Solutions,  will tell us about “The internet of things, why should I care”.

Richard Lemon, the Spatial Section Manager & Practice Leader for Imagery & Aerial Survey from Jacobs, will talk about using flying ambulances, aerial images and addressee databases to help saving lives in Australia.

David Turner, a GIS engineer responsible for a sustainable transport at the City of Sydney, will talk about “Making numbers flow using Gephi”.  David will show and inspire how to make nice looking maps using an open source visualisation platform. 

Rhys Bittner, Hexagon Geospatial Business Development Manager, will present an open platform based on open data and OGC web services. He will also announce a “new developer competition” with 1st prize US$100,000 2nd prize US$50,000 and many other prizes!

Jacqui Kennedy has spent the last two years on the road visiting and photographing “Big Things of Australia” and will share with us photos and places that you have never seen!!

Don’t forget to register. It is always a free event, but we need to know numbers for catering purposes.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/georabble-at-ogc-tickets-19398310870, or through our Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/GeoRabble-Sydney/


GeoRabble Brisbane #7 – getting back into gear for Xmas

The Christmas season is fast approaching and GeoRabble Brisbane is having its next event on Tuesday the 8th of December. We’d like to invite you all to celebrate the Christmas season the spatial way at the Pig N Whistle (Riverside).

Here is where we will soon announce our speakers …

  • Brett Leavey – is bringing his Aboriginal cultural heritage app on an Oculus Rift device
  • Matthew Fry – is talking about GeoDesign
  • Two more speakers to be confirmed on mere details of talk content to be provided

So if you feel like a bit of Spatial Christmas Cheer CLICK georabblebrisbane7.eventbrite.com.au/ AND BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!

If you are new to the format then this is what you can expect:

  • Official event time is 6:00-8:00pm
  • People tend to arrive anytime from about 5:00
  • Some food platters courtesy of our sponsor (SSSI) at about 6:15
  • Two 10-minute talks 6:30-6:50
  • More food platters courtesy of our sponsor (SSSI) at about 6:50
  • Two more 10 minute talks 7:10-7:30

Don’t forget, we are always interested in hearing about what is new and exciting in spatial! If you’d like to speak at an event, let the organisers know what you think the GeoRabble could learn from you.  We are keen to receive any and all “abstracts” or draft slides for you talk idea, so just make contact with your nearest GeoRabble organiser of choice.

Call for Prizes

To help spread the Xmas cheer if there are any organisations and individuals who would like to donate a prize for some random draws during the night then please let us know what you would like to bring.  Bottles of wine are always popular, but we like to have a variety, and do not like to place a cap your generosity.  Donors are announced as their prizes are about to be drawn, and are encouraged to present them, and be photographed with the winners (who must be present to collect).

The Christmas Brisbane GeoRabble is sponsored by …



GeoRabble – Perth #15 / Perth does have a summer


  • Levi Fordham
  • Alex Chapman
  • Jesse Robertson
  • Maya Dominice
  • More to be announced!

Date: Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm

Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge 6003

Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.

Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Proudly sponsored by Boundless


Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity!

Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of sponsoring a future event.

Joint GeoRabble with the OpenGeospatial Consortium: Sydney, 30 November

For the second time in history, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC: http://www.opengeospatial.org/) will host a ‘Technical Committee’ meeting in Australia; from 30 November to 4 December 2015, at NICTA in Redfern, Sydney.

To celebrate this event,  GeoRabble is joining forces with the OGC, to bring you a special ‘OGC-o-Rabble’ session on Monday 30 November, from 5:30 PM at the Swanson Hotel.

As always GeoRabble will be free for everyone including OGC attendees, GeoRabblers and anyone else interested in spatial technology.

This will be a unique opportunity for the international OGC community and the Sydney geo-community to get to know each other, mingle and network over drinks, free pizza (thanks to Jacobs‘ generous sponsoring) at an iconic Aussie venue.


Pizza courtesy of Jacobs

We want to hear your stories of international and Australian uses of spatial technology, so we are calling for speakers who can hold a short (up to 10 minute) talk about their international geo-experience, or about something typically Australian that would enlighten our foreign visitors (Croc-tracking anyone?)

Do you have an idea for a talk? Please let us know at sydney@georabble.org.

Also, by popular request, we’re bringing back our Geo-Trivia.

Watch this space for venue details, and don’t forget to register. It is always a free event, but we need to know numbers for catering purposes.

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/georabble-at-ogc-tickets-19398310870,

or through our Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/GeoRabble-Sydney/


Speaker Announcement for Round 1 of #PetGeoPeeves VS #PetGeoLoves

We have our first round of speakers and its…..

Postcodes are evil vs The Rise of Real Time mapping

Register here for your tickets so we can order enough Pizza for everyone.

We are still accepting speaker ideas so if you have a #PetGeoPeeves or #PetGeoLoves that you’d like to share in a 10 min presentation send your ideas to sydney@georabble.org.

The GeoRabble Crew

Georabble Perth #14 Rises for the Machines

Spring in Perth brought a record local crowd of 120 Georabblers together to talk about “The Rise of the Machines”. For the first time we were joined by a few more via a (more or less) live telecast on Periscope.

The always original David Brady dusted-off his MC hat for the night to introduce the speaker line-up to talk about life in a post Lake Maid drone world, and the reality of training computer algorithms as well as humans. The Georabble Perth team give a call out to NGIS Australia and LandgateWALIS for feeding and watering a hungry group of Rabblers.

We kicked-off with Matt Barrett with a “Game of Drones” – covering a lot of ground as you can with drones for utilities. That got the Rabblers and friends talking about everything drone –from piloting to farming.

Piers Higgs, resplendent in a (way too) clean and crisp Maps WA uniform talked about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly drone pilots. Piers had plenty of material to work with on why mixing amateur model plane pilots, drones and fires are such a bad idea. The Georabble Perth team give a second call out to get involved in the Maps WA volunteer team – ping mapswa@dfes.wa.gov.au to get in touch.

Fedja Hadzic, the guy with the best job title in the room – Inventor – walked us through about how he’s training computer algorithms to explore big data, including coming-up with the right questions to ask so we don’t wait centuries to get “42”.

Robert Lednor picked-up the Drones thread again – attempting to explore “not just the cool stuff”. Lucky for our Rabblers it’s hard to make geo un-cool – so Robert just kept exploring.

We wrapped up Georabble #14 with Mark Taylor on the Certainty of Uncertainty – kicking off with a visual geo-quiz on some pretty ancient hardware and challenging us to think about who uses what we create and what they really need.

A couple of newbies discovered us via Twitter on #georabbleper. We hope see you all again, with your friends at Georabble Perth #15 on GIS Day – Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Stay tuned via #georabbleper for more info soon.

GeoRabble Tas #5, October 29th

GeoRabble Tas #5

GeoRabble Tas #5 is booked in for the 29th of October, and as usual, is at the Republic Bar in North Hobart from 5 pm until around 7 pm. We’ve got the support of Pelican Corp for this event (thanks guys!).

Presenters include:

  • Steve Harwin, with a presentation titled ‘Drones for mapping natural landforms – how accurate can we get?’
  • Colin Mazengarb, talking about ‘Working with Point Clouds in the Geoscience Arena – opportunities and challenges’
  • Ferenc (Frank) Acs, talking about ‘BIM: Impacts and Opportunities’
    Rob Musk, talking about ‘Some LiDAR applications in Forest management’
  • Tim Bendall, talking about the trials and tribulations of mobile mapping.

See you there!
Eventbrite - GeoRabble Tas #5


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