This time in a very special GeoRabble first, we’re going to use half the night in an open panel discussion. What are we talking about? The amount of effort versus return? Poor quality data in, can only result in bad decisions? Or can we create silk purses from hogs ears? Perfection in information is a matter of definition as rubbish data can still be perfect for specific situations, depending how it is used and what it is used for.
Help us and the panel put fact before fiction – perhaps!
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 )
GeoRabble Welcome from Stewart Hay, OneSphere
Dr Ben Guy, UrbanCircus 3D
Damon Oehlman, Sidelab
Simon Elvery, Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre
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 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.
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 #1 arrives in Brisbane on Tuesday April 17 (doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm). Then grab yourself a free ticket!
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 email@example.com
Stimulating the geo minded people in Western Australia is not a hard thing. We are blessed with great weather, fantastic opportunities and a community that is strong and vibrant. One might say that there isn’t a geo-person who isn’t more than 1 or 2 links away from another geo person. In recent years a foreshadow has crept into the community where too often we hear comments stating it is the same people, the same technologies always presenting and promoting the industry.
GeoRabble aims to challenge that concept where like minded people (geo or other) can get together and celebrate the ideas, the innovations and yes even the ‘weird’ where corporations, brands are not the highlight of the show. It is perhaps with this last thought the reason why the inaugural GeoRabble for Perth sold out in record time.
Short, sharp interesting presentations is the name of the game for GeoRabble and the first Georabble (only a few days away now) has organised a great line-up of speakers.
Maurits van der Vlugt (The origins of GeoRabble)
Nicholas Flett (Imposing Order Onto Chaos – human beings perceiving a living world)
John Roberts (Mapping Land Disturbance in Rangelands via Photogrammetry)
Tom Brownlie (GIS is dead)
Drew France (The Cholera Epidemic – A spatial review)
Steve Snow (Looking at LiDAR)
GeoRabble Perth looks to be a fantastic night on the 8th of November (the Generous Squire, Perth) with a full house and food proudly put on by Gaia Resources we look forward to seeing you there.
p.s. There will be a door prize of a free ticket to the first GeoRabble Melbourne event scheduled for the 9th of November (you have to make your own way there). After all, we in Western Australia have never shied away from helping other states with their events. 🙂
After three successful outings in Sydney, GeoRabble has got its wings on and is visiting Perth for one night in November. A strong line up of speakers have been arranged for the first GeoRabble Perth, and anyone who has anything to do with 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 should attend!
Join us in Melbourne for an evening to share geo-ideas, full of fun, and free of sales-pitches.
Date: Thursday 9 November, 2011 Time: Doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm Location: Upstairs at the Lanai Bar, CQMelbourne, 113 Queen St, Melbourne. Format: A series of short (10 minute) talks, followed by discussion/networking
Thanks to our Sponsors attendance is FREE but we need you to REGISTER HEREand attend GeoRabble be eligible to win a Free iPAD donated by GIS Recruitment.
Welcome by Francisco Urbina, of GeoRabble Sydney and handover to our Melbourne RabbleMaster, Sally Waller
Presenters (order may change):
Stewart Hay: “Losing My Religion”
Them’s fightin’ words….a look at where GIS fits as an “industry’.
Claudia Aberl : “To 3D or not to 3D, that is the question – what is all the 3D craze about?”
3D modelling – Review of the 3D Models available – what’s good, what’s bad and what’s reality! The presentation will explore some examples of 3D models (Geelong, Melbourne, Frankston, Ballarat) created using different GIS 3D packages Where is the line between GIS reality (accuracy and reliability) and model (facades and texture) become blurred – what’s all the craze about?
Rohan Fernando (Google). Google Earth Builder: Under the Hood
Bring your spanners, grease-monkeys, we’re going in. So what’s really under there, Vern?
Milos Pelikan:. “A journey in perception and representation”
A cooks tour at how representation influences what we think is possible.
Andrew Wise: “Uh oh. Where did the rest of my road go?”
Valuable time is lost when an emergency vehicles enter from the wrong end of a discontinous road and have to double back. Andrew does some clever tecky network analysis on Vicmap Transport in SQL and finds incredible numbers of blocked-roads across Victori
Martin von Wyss, GISP: “Melbourne Meetup Map Feelup”
We all have an uncle in the emergency services who has claimed that “a printed map with a bullet through it will serve a soldier better than an electronic device with a bullet through it.” And we have probably all insisted at one time that interactive web mapping applications are great because they let the user choose the colours that are prettiest. Let’s put tired clichés and absurd arguments aside and begin the healing by conceding that the digital and analogue worlds can work together nicely. And since we’re all in the same room, let’s look at some cool examples!
What happens when you get a few like minded people together, talk about an opportunity and do something about it?
Answer: Amazing things.
The GeoRabble call went out and the geo community responded with enthusiasm, laughter an open mind and the general consensus was a call for more. In a packed room on the 2nd floor of the Occidental Hotel during a downpour, the inaugural GeoRabble Meetup was held. The night was a celebration, a chance to make new friends, catch up with old ones and embrace the every expanding community of geo users.
Speakers, the fuel to the evening had dedicated their time, passion and energy to tell their stories of working with geo in all its form.