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GeoRabble Brisbane 2019

georabblebrisbane2019 will see the return of GeoRabble to Brisbane! 

We are excited to have a new venue for this years meet up with the very lovely Charming Squire allowing us to use their upstairs Zinc bar. This great venue serves awesome beer, great food, and as can be seen from the image above, is right next door  to South Brisbane Train Station so an easy way to get there and importantly,  safely home after a great night of networking with like minded spatial geeks.

For those that have attended one of our GeoRabble evenings before, the agenda remains much the same, with a handful of short, fun and informative presentations on something related to spatial, mixed in with a lot of networking, making new friends and catching up with old friends.

Food will be provided by our very generous sponsors. For this event we are lucky to have a new sponsor in the form of Aerometrex, Australia’s finest producer of LiDAR, aerial imagery and high resolution 3D Models. We thank them for their sponsorship.


Presenters are being finalised and will be announced soon, but there is still space for anyone to put their hand up to present. Talks are no more than 10 mins, fun yet informative, and under no circumstance will we allow any sales pitches of any kind. get in touch now though if you are keen, its a great way to get your name out there and present to a very friendly crowd, full of support and will likely buy you a drink afterwards.

Doors open from 5pm with Presentations starting from approximately 6:30pm

Tickets are available here, free of charge of course, but by putting your name down on the tickets, we know how much food to arrange, so please help us by signing up asap.

GeoRabble Brisbane Tickets

We look forward to seeing you there!

And if you can’t make it, we are looking to hold our first ever Gold Coast event sometime in the next 3 months, so put your hand up to either help, present or attend that one.


GeoRabble Perth #21 The Return

GeoRabble Perth made a long-awaited return on the 28th November at our favourite haunt, the Universal Bar.

MC Nic Flett @mapguy83 served-up some spatial tapas with a full line-up of six speakers on everything from mapping ants to a Silicon Valley experience.

Chris Roach kicked-off by exploring what a geospatial team does in their spare time. The answer? More work! With the assistance of the actual internet (in a black box on the table), Chris took the plunge by sharing a live-demo of his handy-work mapping habitat threats for endangered marsupials. Respect for that bravery – you set the bar high!

From possums to ants, Ross Lewin shared some experience in using artificial intelligence to find Fire Ant nests. Better AI finds them before you step on them. Some pretty brutal images of what happens when you do. It turns-out that ants outweigh humans on the planet; however, that doesn’t make giant ant nests easy to distinguish from other objects in an image.

Ikrom Nishanbaev took a deep dive on exploring Australian cultural heritage sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web – giving us a master class in the code and tools behind making that look easy. That’s quite a task as it takes some real skill to make something so complex look simple.

The heritage theme continued with Damien Hassan -on finding Perth’s first BBQ. His team have been busy working on an exciting project that will soon make some incredible maps of lost Perth available to the public for the first time. There’s an amazing amount of detail in these maps – enough to be able to track down what maybe WA’s first BBQ, amongst hundreds of other gems (like subterranean loos). Stay tuned!

Kurt Adams took us on another journey through Perth over time, with a very impressive set of maps about property. Kurt covered everything from location, price and block-size, to access to transport and sewerage – with a map in an appropriate shade of brown. Did someone say Vindaloo?

And finally, Sophie Richards shared a few stories from an adventure this year at Stanford University through the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy – an amazing opportunity to learn about data science from the brightest in Silicon Valley. It’s not rocket science, but there are some clever math tricks behind the biggest brands … RabbleRabble.

Thanks again to our generous sponsors for the event – Hexagon Geospatial. Stoked to have you involved.

If you would like to help grow our Geocommunity, with brain expanding ideas or sustenance at upcoming events, please share with us at We can’t hold these events without you!

Finally, we can’t bear the thought of wrapping-up 2018 just yet – so here’s a shout-out to the WA Geo-geek community for some Christmas drinks together on Wednesday 12th December at 5pm at The Globe 495/497 Wellington Street. Hope to see you there!

Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our first event for 2019.

GeoRabble Perth | Final Speaker Line-Up!

GeoRabble returns to Perth this week, on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at The Universal Bar.

Doors open at 5:30pm, with presentations kicking off at 6:00pm followed by, well, you’ll have to be there to find out 😉

Grab yourself a free ticket and join us for a very spatial* night of all things geo and connecting with like-minded people.

*quality of puns not guaranteed.


  • Ross Lewin – Can Artificial Intelligence find the Ants?
  • Ikrom Nishanbaev – Exploring Australian Cultural Heritage Sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web
  • Damien Hassan – Finding Perth’s first BBQ
  • Kurt Adams – How Property Shapes WA
  • Sophie Richards – Data Science Learnings from Stanford
  • Chris Roach & Jake Geddes – Telling a story with open source tech and timeseries web maps

We hope to see you there!

A very special thanks to our Sponsor Hexagon Geospatial without whom we’d be unable to run this event.


GeoRabble Perth | One week to go!

With exactly one week to go before GeoRabble Perth’s return, we are excited to introduce another a new speaker:

Damien Hassan – Finding Perth’s first BBQ: a project to geo-reference over 2,000 early survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area has been completed with the mapping interface coming soon. These plans, digitised in high resolution, provide a virtual archaeological dig into a built landscape that has changed significantly over the decades. Find your house from 100 years ago… or maybe Perth’s first BBQ?

If you haven’t got your tickets yet head over now to Eventbrite to register for your GeoRabble fix of 2018!

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GeoRabble Perth #21 | The Return

We’re back!

After a bit* of a hiatus, Perth GeoRabble is back in action and ready to ‘rabble! And just in time for the end of year festivities too 😉

Join us on the 28th of November as we have an exciting starting line up of speakers including:

  • Ross Lewin – Can Artificial Intelligence find the Ants? Work being done to trial hyperspectral imagery and Machine Learning/AI in the detection of Red Imported Fire Ants (RFIA) in Brisbane for the Queensland Government.
  • Ikrom Nishanbaev – Exploring Australian Cultural Heritage Sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web

With more to be announced very soon!

Logistical details:

  • 28th November 2018
  • Doors open 5:30pm
  • Presentations from 6:00pm
  • Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
  • A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
  • Attendance is free, but for catering purposes please help our hosts by registering here

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 or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored our friends @ Hexagon Geospatial

Hexagon Geospatial

*might maybe be a tad of an understatement

GeoRabble Melbourne #13

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Thursday 22 November 2018 at The Clyde Hotel. Networking drinks start 5:30pm. Presentations commence: 6:00pm followed by more networking.

Grab yourself a free 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.


Stephen Lead: Bootleaf, a lightweight web-mapping framework.
Bootleaf is an open-source web-mapping framework based on Bootstrap and Leaflet. This presentation shows how to get started with using this tool to create responsive web-mapping apps in minutes.

George Mifsud: Topographic mapping in the palm of your hands.
The Victorian State has been using spatial data to produce digital topographic maps for 15 years. Popular amongst recreational users, emergency services and government, these digital maps have only been available for access online. Now, for the first time, users can discover, access and download these topographic maps out in the field, even in remote locations, using a mobile mapping app.

Yashar Jamei: Analysing the relationship between spatial development patterns and urban heat island(UHI) phenomenon.
The multidisciplinary approach of this study combines the characteristics of GIS, Remote Sensing, landscape ecology and urban planning and has the potential to obtain new findings that will help urban planners in mitigating UHI effects.

Chris Roach & Jake Geddes: Telling a story with open source tech and time series web maps.
Chris and Jake were involved in a proof-of-concept exercise to research  an endangered mammal species in Victoria, and to tell their story using open source software and time series web map visualisation. The presentation will look at the technical and data handling challenges along the way in this 4 day exercise. 

Steve Pemerton: Improving Melbourne’s bus routes to meet real-life travel needs
Using GIS to test whether we’d achieve better public transport outcomes in Melbourne, for a real-life set of trip patterns, if we reconfigured our bus routes into a network of sparser but more direct and frequent services, in an intersecting grid.

David Garcia: Making crowd-sourced geographic information useful for humanitarian action and community development

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

A very special thanks to our Sponsor FOSS4G SotM Oceania without whom we couldn’t run this event and provide food to everyone …


Surprise Guest Speaker Announced for GeoRabble Sydney: Thursday 18 October

We have a surprise, last-minute guest speaker to announce!

Edie Bannerman, Youth Ambassador for Plan International Australia, will present their work on the “Free to Be Crowd-sourced Mapping Project” (

Through Free to Be, thousands of girls and young women in Sydney, Delhi, Kampala, Lima and Madrid have reported their experiences and shared their stories, to help create safer and more inclusive cities for everyone.

It’s not too late to register: 



Other speakers for GeoRabble Sydney: “The Unusual Suspects” are…

  • Shesha Maheshwari: “GeoAI – How emerging technologies (such as mobile apps, smart wearables etc) use geospatial data for various purposes”
    What the benefits are of such applications, as well as what their impacts are moving into the future – with a specific focus on the Cybersecurity/Information Systems Security Domain.
  • Hugh Saalmans: “Insurance, Customers, Disasters and Geo”
    In March 2017, Cyclone Debbie damaged over $3bn worth of homes, businesses, farms and infrastructure along a 1000km long corridor – how did a big insurer, with thousands of customers impacted, use geospatial information to respond?
  • Roney Rodrigues: “From unprofitable cattle ranches to multibillion-dollar developments: All starts with… LiDAR!’
    The use of LiDAR for architectural master plans and models, which have helped to raise funds from investors for the development of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. In both cases it is not the technical aspects of processing data or the final product that were generated. It’s all about creating solutions for customers that had no idea RS data could help them.
  • Chris Counsell: “Everyone’s a suspect”
    Maps have been popular for millennia. What’s different today is they’re online, and just about anyone can make them. The result is a true GeoRabble; dinosaurs, Monopoly, t-shirts and kids(?) games. We’ll take a look at some of the more unusual applications of GIS online and how your wildest GIS ideas aren’t that far away.
  • Ian Hay: “Mapping Pacific Island slums and atolls: grounding geospatial methods in community-led approaches”
    Presentation on some projects that we’ve done which have used drones, mobile data collection services, and have included ‘open’-ish spatial data protocols.  They are international development projects in the Pacific regarding informal settlements (slums) and climate change vulnerability assessment, with a local village focus. The availability of new technology platforms has profoundly influenced our (spatial) work. 

Registrations are now open: 

After too long an absence, we’re delighted to announce that GeoRabble Sydney will be back, on Thursday October 18th, from 6PM at the Occidental Hotel in York Street.

As usual, entry is free, and there will be pizza (courtesy of HERE Technologies)

Theme of this Rabble is “The Unusual Suspects” – celebrating the unusual, unsuspected, and surprising applications of geoinformation and -technology. Think using GPS for herding cattle, new uses of drones, photogrammetry in health, GIS on Mars, mapping in insurance and finance, to name just a few.





GeoRabble Melbourne # 12 – Thursday 26 July

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Thursday 26 July 2018 at the Imperial Hotel – Bourke Street, Melbourne. Networking drinks start 5:30pm. Presentations commence: 6:00pm followed by more networking.

Grab yourself a free 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.


Dr Elizabeth Jean Taylor - Space age car parking Using remote sensing to track surface car parking extent and occupancy.
RMIT research piloting image detection from aerial imagery to estimate surface car parking use, to inform planning and transport questions.

Phillip Mallis – Creating a Map of New Britain, PNG
Maptime Melbourne uses Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team tools to assist pediatrics in Papua New Guinea (and you can too!).

Surveyor-General of Victoria Craig Sandy – The impact of five centimeters
How will five centimeters impact the surveying and spatial industry.

Steve Bennett – Millions of features, no database!
How do you turn millions of features into a snappy, interactive web map with no database, no server and no budget? With an automated vector-tile generation pipeline, of course.

Rita Butera – Victorian Women’s Health Atlas
Using reliable evidence based data, the Atlas assists in the identification of gender impacts on key health areas.

John Ward – Problems in Defining Geospatial Catchment Areas for Economic Activity

Tickets are available via eventbrite.


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

A very special thanks to our Sponsor  HERE Technologies without whom we couldn’t run this event and provide food to everyone …


GeoRabble Tas #9

GeoRabble Tas #9

GeoRabble is back in Hobart for the first time this year! Jacobs has agreed to sponsor the event, which means we can run one, so we are! No surprises, it’s just a great chance to catch up with some nice folks with similar interests and share a few words over a beverage or two.


We have four fantastic presenters coming along to share their GeoStories with us:

  • Karen Alexander talking about participatory mapping
  • Deanna Hutchinson talking about using Vitamin D to grow the spatial industry
  • Edward King talking about remote sensing, specifcally about the remote bits
  • Clothilde Langlais talking about her work modelling the oceans


Date: Thursday 28th June, 2018
Time: Doors open 5:00pm, Presentations from 5.20 pm
Location: Republic Bar in Hobart

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

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

Register now!

What is GeoRabble?

GeoRabble is about celebrating the everyday challenges and triumphs of working with location. Everything from the mundane to the glamorous, unfiltered by professional bodies, government and private company agendas and industry politics.

Who is GeoRabble for?

Anyone who has anything to do with GeoHipsters, GeoTech, GeoDev, GeoBusiness, GeoTrends, GeoFutures, GeoPasts – you name it, as long as you’re passionate and want to share your challenges, triumphs, frustrations and pride in the work that you do.

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

The Small Print follows: GeoRabble Rules

1. Celebrate each others’ triumphs
2. Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry
3. No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.
4. No company logos or ‘about us’ slides
5. Keep it short

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

Supported by Jacobs. Thanks Jacobs 😉