GeoRabble on Digital Twins – Revolutionary, Overhyped, or Underwhelming?
GeoRabble Sydney is back on Thursday the 20th of April and we have an exciting theme! It will ask the question … Digital Twins – are they overhyped, underwhelming or revolutionary?
The term Digital Twin has become unavoidable in our professional lives. It is worthwhile to examine what it means for us, for the industry and the broader community.
To get this discussion going join us at the Occidential Hotel Wynard where we will have two knowledgeable and entertaining speakers present their respective views of Digital Twins, so you can make up your own mind!
Andra Christie, Solutions Architect from Amazon and Member of the emerging Digital Twin Partnership has a deep technology skill set that is being focused on the challenges and benefits of digital twins across a broad range of industries.
Ben Somerville, Group Manager – GIS & Geospatial at John Holland. A well know member of the GeoRabble community who daily works with major infrastructure projects across Australia and their need for geospatial data and capabilities.
The speakers will present their views on Digital Twins, followed by a Q&A session. Rabblers will engage in a lively and open discussion with the speakers and afterwards over drinks and pizza.
1 more day before GeoRabble Brisbane celebrates Xmas and the end of 2022!
The hard-working committee have been making their lists and checking them twice and have been amazed at who has been naughty and who has been nice. Thankfully all are welcome at Georabble. Please continue to spread the word, we are predicting a record turnout and a really fun, enjoyable night of spatial networking.
The committee have freshened up the format a little. We have three amazing speakers, followed by a Q & A Panel where you the audience can ask anything to our spatial luminaries (hand-picked from the ‘nice’ list) We will put out the QR Code to allow anyone to ask questions throughout the night. Please keep them clean, positive and high level. Questions about what is your favourite projection, or why is a certain software so expensive… will not be allowed.
We can’t wait to see everyone once again, now don’t be that friend who allows someone to miss out as they didn’t know it was on. And don’t forget to register, please!
We are delighted to have a great lineup forming, but have a couple of slots free, so please get in touch either with ideas or to volunteer.
Please support those below by listening and supporting them.
Leading the way is a Digital Twin/Metaverse expert Henrique Reis
Henrique is a young, passionate geospatial analyst, exactly the type of person we love speaking at Georabbles.
Henrique’s passion for Digital Twins and the ‘Metaverse’ has enabled him to talk at several recent events and he will set the scene for why georabblers should care about the buzz around the so called Metaverse.
We then have a chance to learn some of the technical aspects of this future vision from 20 year veteran of the spatial industry, Geoffrey Yu
I think the Gaming industry and related-tech is one of those ones that can provide a new opportunity to enhance gis, esp visualisation and analysis. Visual analysis (like players do in 3D games) can be more intuitive for general users, since we can see and solve problems in 3D in the real world. As such this can unlock new insights to our spatial data, maybe more effectively then traditional 2D (maps) or algebra and relationships of tables (the current method for gis analysis).
Providing some real world experience to the theories above will be Metaverse Pioneer – Matthew Walker
Matt is the 3D Product Manager for Endora, a high fidelity metaverse being built on Unreal Engine5, powered by the Polygon blockchain. But much of the high fidelity is using 3D spatial data generated using photogrammetry. It’s an amazing example of how the Metaverse is intrinsically linked to the spatial industry.
Utilising a 3D Web Browser based on Cesium, Endorans can experience 3D content in new and exciting ways and explore NFT Buildings and build their own content and designs.
GeoRabble Brisbane is returning for an end of year celebration and Xmas Party – Register now!
Yes, we are back! 2022 only has a few weeks to go, Xmas is coming, and we are all in need of some fun mixed in with some geospatial networking.
Details are simple, we have avoided temptation to change much, any suggestions that is from pure laziness will be denied vehemently.
Venue – James Squire Brewhouse, The Charming Squire – smack bang in the middle of South Bank
Time – we’ll have access to the upstairs bar from 5:30ish proceeding to kick off from about 6ish depending on the MC’s organizational skills
Food to be supplied by our lovely sponsors
Format – some 10 minute, no salesy talks from some lovely people yet to be confirmed. Followed by social networking, meeting old friends and making some new
Tickets – tickets have always been and will always be free, just thank the venue by indulging in their fine products and thank the organisers by being nice to them and volunteering for the next event. But please register to help us know numbers for food and the venue
NGIS: The role of Geospatial in achieving Global Social and Environmental Sustainability Outcomes with Google Earth Engine Following a welcome from the NGIS Team, Ken Gillan, General Manager NGIS Victoria and Geoffrey Pryor, Customer Success Manager for Lively, will introduce the Google partnership and Geo ecosystem. Chris Goodman, Senior Software Engineer, will then provide a demonstration of the Google Cloud Platform including Google Earth Engine and AI/ ML capabilities. Damien O’Grady, Principal Scientist for EO and Peter Corlett, Solution Engineer will then share a few use case examples, before Winyama’s Kelsey Bonds, Community Engagement Manager, will then share details on the Indigenous Mapping Workshop, planned for Melbourne in 2023.
RMIT: Spatial Digital Twins Where in the universe do you find the twins that are digital? Come see a range of digital posters showcasing RMIT’s digital twin related research ranging from data collection, visualisation to decision making, with the highlight being the launch of the RMIT Metaverse.
1. RMIT Metaverse 1.0: linking GIS with gaming 2. iGEE: cloud GIS app for heat vulnerability assessment 3. Satellite positioning and navigation 4. Space and spatial for climate risk and early warning systems 5. A workflow system for environmental modelling 6. Digital twin frameworks – a solution for over-height vehicle routing
Spatial Vision: Spatial Showcase Join the team at Spatial Vision for a double bill on all things spatial. Kicking off with a demonstration of custom tools from Ryanne Firme (DCM Production Manager) on the Digital Cadastre Modernisation project, Rhainnan Mundana (Senior Spatial Geospatial Analyst) will have you planning your next career moves with their presentation on Spatial Vision’s Cadetship and Mentoring Program.
Please arrive on time, as Sarah our librarian will be meeting us in the foyer. This tour is capped at 20 people but there is the Handmade Universe exhibit which is concurrently on.
SSSI: What is spatial and why is it special? Launching our World GIS Day celebrations is Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. Join SSSI as they revel in all things spatial and deep dive into why they think it’s so very special.
SSSI are so pleased to be able to showcase a number of wonderful members at this event, who will be presenting their passion and how they inspire the world with GIS!
Urbis: Shaping cities through spatial Get in shape Melbourne! Danielle Cherubin, Christine Brooks & Josh Grover will be showing us how the spatial team at Urbis helps shapes cities and provide insights through human movement data, and 3D.
Veris: Surveying and GIS Together as One! Come get ‘Verified’ with us. We’re hosting a surveying and spatial circus! Come to the big tent and wherever you find some balloons we’ll be demonstrating our award-winning projects including the Paradise Gorge Digital Twin, the Robe Coastline Capture, the City of Hobart Rivulet Digital Twin, the sightlines for the Shrine of Remembrance and the outputs from our 3D Ground Penetrating Radar! Plus we’ll be demonstrating the latest in our field equipment (that hasn’t been taken out for the day), we have scanners, drones with autonomous LiDAR capture, high-spec MLS and the 3D GPR to name a few! Come tame your spatial lion at the Veris Tent!
Digital twin frameworks – a solution for over-height vehicle routing? The Victorian road freight industry is faced with over-height incidents every year, prompting transportation agencies to seek geospatial solutions. In this talk, we will look at how visualising road objects in a digital twin shows promise as an alternative safety management strategy.
Cool Routes Stay Cool in Melbourne this summer. Jack will take you on a journey through the streets of Melbourne to explore the Urban Heat Island effect and how the data captured can be used for future planning considerations of our amazing city.
Human Movement Data is just so damn interesting! We’ll look at some neat examples of how HMD can be used; not only in a retail setting, but also looking at how nature can have an impact on our movements and behaviour. Let the visuals speak for themselves in what will be a captivating demonstration.
Exploring Dial before you dig data
More to be announced soon.
Shout out to our sponsor Nova Systems, we couldn’t host our evening GeoRabble Melbourne event without you!
Why Imagery Data is Really the Best Data, and You Should Use it More
In 1858, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon put a camera in a hot air balloon to take pictures of Paris from the air…and everything has been better since then. In this talk, we will look at how high-resolution imagery from aerial and satellite sources (orthoimagery) is used to support almost every dimension of government and public sector service delivery, and how it is a fundamental enabler for emerging technologies including GeoAI and 3D.
Projecting the frequencies of tidal flooding
Damaging and disruptive, coastal flooding is becoming an increasingly unruly and regular component of coastal living as sea levels rise. With tides on the rise, looking at the issue in new ways can shed light on how we can analyze the issue and communicate to stakeholders.
Anime Pilgrimage – Going beyond Ayaya, Desu, AraAra and Keikaku
‘Geo is in every possible industry’ said everyone in our industry. This is a story of how mapping shaped the Anime Pilgrimage community.
Growing up Tech Adjacent
Kelsey grew up showing little interest in tech, even though she grew up in a tech household. Her interests are in culture and human connection, something she thought lacked in the tech world. After studying anthropology, she realised just how much tech can and has been utilised to share culture.
Back by popular demand, the next instalment of GeoRabble Brisbane is returning to the Charming Squire
Despite the best attempts of global pandemics and unprecedented weather events, GeoRabble Brisbane is returning to the Charming Squire on the 18th May for another evening of geospatial fun, networking and collective appreciation of some great projects happening locally.
We have an amazing line up of speakers talking about recent flood event and their experiences.
That’s without even mentioning the crowd of friendly spatial professionals to network and make friends with.
So don’t delay, go register now and we will see you upstairs in the Charming Squire on Wednesday 18th.
Tickets available at EventBrite.
A big shout out and thank you to Trimble who have agreed to sponsor the evening.
Andy Stewart (State Imagery team, QLD Department of Resources)
The February 2022 SEQ Flooding event was particularly challenging. Andy will share some reflections on getting creative, challenges, adaptations, and future opportunities.
Daniel Knott (Technical Lead, FloodMapp)
Daniel will take us through his and his team’s recent experience in providing support to the flooding events – what it took and what the challenges were.
Geospatial responses to flooding events in Brisbane.
Emma Hain on behalf of Sarah Beardmore (Cofounder, Dorsal)
Northern Rivers floods – harnessing Instagram followers for the ‘Stay local Byron Bay’ campaign to contribute content to a ‘Flood Support Map‘.
Presentations no longer than 10 minutes.
Celebrate each others’ triumphs.
Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry.
No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.
That’s a wrap! Fantastic GeoRabble Melbourne event last night, thanks to our speakers, Mina, Phil, Steve and our sponsor, Spatial Vision.
If you are interested in speaking or what to sponsor, get in touch, until next time Rabblers…
So its been a long time between talks, between drinks it’s been a long time full stop.
The crew is bringing you a GeoRabble Melbourne event for Thursday 24th March at the Clyde Hotel. Head over to Eventbrite to get tickets:
We have four great speakers in the wings and are looking for two more.
So if interested, please email or drop us a line on the social feeds. Special mention to our Sponsor Spatial Vision!
It would be great to see you all and as we get more information we will be sharing it.
Speaker line up
Let’s talk slope analysis and why it’s flawed
Months ago a front-page ABC article detailed how differences in a GIS slope analysis created variances on the map and had material impacts on logging areas. As spatial professionals, we should be able to fully understand and defend the geo-processes we use and more importantly what we don’t use.
Place naming and Traditional Owner languages
Learn about the importance of place naming, connections to Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality and initiatives planned for the United Nations Decade of Indigenous Languages.
Mapping Banh Mi
Banh mi are probably one of the most popular lunch meals in Australia. I set out to map the over 300 shops in Melbourne that sell them, including data on the cost. This can reveal some interesting spatial insights!
In 2008, the xkcd webcomic published a formula that generates a random, unpredictable location every day within each 1 degree graticule. Thus was born the sport of “geohashing”, which has since seen more than 15,000 expeditions around the world, as serendipity-seekers set out through sun, snow and suburbia to stand…nowhere special. Steve showcases the highs and lows of this literally random caper, through a purpose-built data visualisation tool, geohashing.win.