GeoRabble Melbourne#14 LOCATE19

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Monday 8 April 2019 at Melbourne Convention Centre. Networking drinks start at 5:30pm. Presentations commence shortly there after followed by more networking.

Grab yourself a ticket and enjoy the night with friends sharing geospatial ideas, free of sales pitches and hidden agendas! Each presentation is light, relevant to geo-something and only 10 minutes long.


Alistair Hart: On What Grounds? Complex terrain mapping in croc country
When a digital terrain model was requested in a complex and partially vegetated terrain at very short notice, a creative solution was called for. The team acquired and merged both airborne photogrammetric and terrestrial GNSS point clouds to develop a dataset that mitigated the worst impacts of the vegetation – at the expense of the paintwork on the company 4WD.


Alex Woods: Back to the future
Australia is in the process of datum modernisation. This includes the time-dependent Australian Terrestrial Reference Frame which enables representation of spatial data at any time, and associated Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 which supports the combination of spatial data at a common point in time.  The relatively stable and consistent motion of the Australian tectonic plate makes Australia ideally suited to the adoption of a plate motion model in delivering a time-dependent reference frame. Just like the flux capacitor in the DeLorean of Back to the future, the Australian plate motion model is what makes time travel possible.

Mary-Ellen: Women Leaders’ STEM Expedition to Antarctica
A month ago Mary-Ellen Feeney returned from a month-long expedition to Antarctica to promote Women Leaders in STEM.  An expedition of 80 female leaders in different disciplines and from 28 different countries set sail for Antarctica on 31 December 2018 to welcome the New Year with a message to the world about the urgency of strengthening female participation in the decisions defining the planet’s future. Mary-Ellen will discuss some of the key learning initiatives of the expedition, the role for spatial as well as the amazing environmental context of completing this year long collaboration in Antarctica.

Martin Tomko: Mapping Country. 21st century surveying of ancient landscapes
The principles of surveying have not changed since its emergence on the floodplains of Ancient Egypt. The realisation of these principles in technology has changed dramatically even, within this speaker’s lifetime. Our research and practices must shift with it. I will speak of our recent efforts in mapping ancient cultural and engineering landscapes in Western Victoria using drone and robotic mapping. Cute yellow boxes on wheels shooting Lasers will be moving on screen.

Steve Bennett: Exposed – the inner workings of a modern web map app
Industry insider Steve Bennett reveals the secrets that Big Geospatial doesn’t want you to know. He breaks down a high-profile, high-performance web app built using open source tools, vector tiles for live point-in-polygon lookups – and not a database in sight.

More to be announced.

If you have a great geospatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like-minded people, we want you for our next GeoRabble! Contact the GeoRabble committee to express your interesting topic in 20 words or less, or email your idea to

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