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GeoRabble Brisbane events

Brisbane GeoRabble #3 Speaker #4 – Ben Somerville

ImageWhen not sailing himself, or maintaining a web map devoted to the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, Ben Somerville is well known to ArcGIS users as an early adopter and advocate of Esri’s developer and server technologies.

As Spatial Systems Manager at Thiess, Ben is responsible for the management of a GIS that supports many projects across multiple disciplines and platforms. Ben currently spends most of his time supporting the Silcar Thiess Services joint venture which is designing and constructing the NBN in Qld, NSW and the ACT.

For GeoRabble Brisbane #3 Ben is planning to share his thoughts on managing large field work forces and the impact the NBN could have on the GIS industry.

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Speaker #1 (not necessarily first on stage) for GeoRabble Brisbane #3 – Andy Stewart


We have a bio and talk description for one of the previously announced speakers for GeoRabble Brisbane #3 (follow this link to register) on Tuesday 23 April 2016 6:00-8:00pm

According to an unnamed admirer:

Andy Stewart will be well known to many as one of the Senior Spatial Information officers at Department of Natural Resources. He has played a key role in a number of high profile projects involving both remote sensing and web-mapping applications. His current role sees him leading the existing client mapping services within Queensland government towards a Web 2.0 approach.

He has played a key role in responding to the natural disasters that have occurred across Queensland over the past couple of years, most recently the flooding that occurred in Bundaberg. This devastating event enabled the valuable lessons learned after 2011 with Cyclone Yasi to be put into action to enable rapid response to the needs of those needing accurate flood maps that were both quickly generated but also importantly, accurate. Andy will pass on some of the lessons learned and that were put into action.

Andy tells us that he is  a former Snow Skiing Instructor and qualified Adventure Racing and Triathlon Coach, who has represented Australia and finished the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Therefore he will be in unfamiliar territory attending an event in a bar, but we have assured him of a friendly audience. “

Co-sponsored by GIS Recruitment and AAM

GeoRabble Brisbane #3 – forget the rumours!

GIS Recruitment GR Logo-colour on White AAM Logo

You heard it here first!

We sometimes like to surprise on the night but we already have two fine co-sponsors for GeoRabble Brisbane #3 on Tuesday 23rd April – namely GIS Recruitment and AAM – and six people who have offered to present at this GeoRabble or next!

The speakers, subject to final negotiations on topic and beer, and in no particular order, are:

  • Bill Kitson
  • Deb Polson
  • Ben Somerville
  • Andy Stewart
  • Andrew Saad
  • Phil Punter

More details to come on their talk titles but Location Based Games is among them.

If you’ve not signed up yet follow this link to score one of the remaining FREE tickets.


GeoRabble Brisbane #2 Joins Xmas GeoRiot

Brisbane is joining the GeoRabble Christmas fun happening across the country during the first week of December. After the announcement of events in Sydney and Perth, we felt Brisbane couldn’t miss out and will be holding our Christmas event at the Platform Bar of the Grand Central Hotel (beneath Central Station) on the 4th December.

Please register to attend

The main aim of the evening is to get together and have some fun, make some new friends and reconnect with existing friends. We will have some 10 minute presentations with our first speaker being Mr Wil Waters!

Wil was lucky enough to spend the past year on secondment in Cambodia working with Engineers Without Borders helping improve the GIS capabilities supporting the urban poor settlements. With support of Open Street Map and projects such as Mango Map, Wil will talk about how his experience can help others wanting to give back to areas less fortunate.

We will be adding further speakers over the coming days, and hope to have a fun and enjoyable evening. Anyone who attended our first GeoRabble Brisbane can pass on what an enjoyable evening it was, and we hope that this Christmas event will live up to that evening. We hope to see many new faces.

See you there!

Bend it like Queenslanders at GeoRabble Brisbane #1

GeoRabble Brisbane #1 rocked! We had 107 registrations  and although the numbers on the night are uncertain it was BIG. As the hordes arrived the organizers gave up on checkins, threw the pages of sticky name labels into the crowd and joined the party. Rain threatened and Lord of the Rabble Rob Clout was stressing, but on the night it was perfection and the outdoor venue (PigNWhistle) overlooking the river was sublime . The show went on and many people stayed on to rabble on late into the night. If you were there, or if you took any photos, we’d love to hear from you! If you weren’t there but wish you were, well, we’d love to hear from you also. Add a comment or send a tweet to @georabble !

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GeoRabble Brisbane #1 speakers are warming up …

Bronze(d) Speakers by mgjefferies
Bronze(d) Speakers, a photo by mgjefferies on Flickr.

We’re lining up the awesome speakers for GeoRabble Brisbane #1 (5.30 pm Tuesday April 17th at the Pig N Whistle! Order your free tickets )

Speakers lineup….

GeoRabble Welcome from Stewart Hay, OneSphere

Dr Ben Guy, UrbanCircus 3D
Damon Oehlman, Sidelab
Simon Elvery, Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre
Bryan Reeves
Megan Cope, Artist

Dr Ben Guy – Insights into virtual 3d planning

Dr Ben Guy,  founder of Brisbane-based infrastructure visualisation company Urban Circus 3D, has demonstrated the power of 3D visuals  to express the narrative of design and data in a clear and compelling manner, to expidites process and “sell the story”. Ben is an  urbanist and environmental psychologist who has worked in the design industry for over 10 years.  Ben’s doctorate is from the UK in place-based urbanism and regenerative planning.

” The problem with planning and managing precincts – from projects to places like cities – can be the fundamental difficulty in common understanding of what everyone is talking about quickly and easily. This is the cause of so many misunderstandings, errors, reworks, redesigns, disappointments, anxieties and construction errors! One of the main reasons is the limitations is using words and line drawings to describe an organic, complex spatial world. When we change that by using tools to help people understand through seeing projects and results move thrice as fast.”

Megan Cope –  Maps, aboriginal art & place names

Megan Cope’s work explores notions of environment, identity, geomorphology and mapping; decolonizing methodologies and toponymy are a primary aspect of her practice. A descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD, Megan is a member of proppaNOW, the Queensland collective of urban Aboriginal Artists who are making waves in Australia and internationally with their intelligent brash art. Megan has exhibited her works at Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne, City Gallery in Wellington NZ, Cairns regional art gallery and the 2009 ARC Biennial in Brisbane.
Megan Cope
Megan will take us to an unusual place, melding cartography, toponomy, aboriginal art & place names.
“Toponyms – Place names are an important aspect of culture and identity as they provide location where history, events, landscapes and people are remembered, celebrated and continued. The use of language and basic cartographic symbology reveal a multilayered fluid landscape with dual histories & dual identities.

Simon Elvery – Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre

Simon Elvery

The use of personal geographic data on the social web has excited Simon since the day he discovered he could geotag his photos on Flickr. Entranced by the possibilities exposed by attaching geographic data to online content, Simon strapped a GPS to himself for a year (see more at “All the places I go” ). He provides a fun, different look at the idea of geospatial and a window into the Brisbane Web Design community.

Damon Oehlman

Damon Oehlman
Damon founded a company called Sidelab which offers solutions and services in the area of location based web applications. Damon is a very well known and vocal member of the Brisbane open source and mobile web development community. He has a number of very interesting projects and is a very engaging speaker. He adds a passion and experience for mobile web applications and experience in diverse communities.

GeoRabble Brisbane organizers update

The second GeoRabble Brisbane Organizing Team meeting has an offer of sponsorship, giving courage to proceed, and (Woot!) a door-prize, thanks to a #fatfinger error by a Perth based vendor on the Georabble Twitter login: Beautifully exploited by Rob into a compensatory “offer” of an anonymous door prize for this event.

The venue: The Pig and Whistle has two options: The back beer garden is a good venue as long as the weather is kind. There is a smaller area within the bar so we’ll see how registrations go.

Now, we do already have a great shortlist of speakers but are still entertaining ideas, so contact use the email. The next meeting date is Mar 22 so move quickly.

The organizing team

Nick Lawrence, Yvonne Thompson, Megan Stanley, Graeme Browning, Karl Warschau, Rob Clout, Jody Garnett

Woot! GeoRabble rolls into Brisbane

GeoRabble #1 arrives in Brisbane on Tuesday April 17 (doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm). Then grab yourself a free ticket!

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GeoRabble Arrives in Brisbane! (Photo by Cyron Ray Macey)

Hungry for a tasty serve of Brisbane geospatial goodness, free of agendas and sales pitches, amongst your friends and colleagues?  Want to find out about some of the great unsung work being done by passionate people working with location? We’re lining up some great speakers and topics and there are a few speaking slots available – if you’ve got something new and exciting from the world of geo, please email us at