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” (http://planfreetobe.org/).

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: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/georabble-sydney-returns-tickets-50670880969 

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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: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/georabble-sydney-returns-tickets-50670880969 

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.

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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.

Speakers

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 melbourne@georabble.org

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

 

GeoRabble “GeoCareers” at Geosmart Asia – Locate 18

GeoRabble “GeoCareers” @ Geosmart Asia – Locate 18, Monday April 9th

GeoRabble is pleased to announce that we are holding a GeoRabble at Geosmart Asia – Locate 18. This event is going to be a special event about GeoCareers, and we’re going to have presenters from a variety of stages in their careers talk about the wins and the losses, the victory and defeat, and we can all learn a little bit about why we start and stay in the spatial industry.

The Rabble is FREE, and will be held in Adelaide, on Monday the 9th of April, from 4 to 5.30 pm in the Interaction Zone in the main exhibition hall.

The format the the afternoon is going to be a panel session, where a fine bunch of surveying and spatial professionals discuss their career, including mentors and mentoring, the institutions and committees, and the future! Come and take part in asking the questions and hearing the answers, and grab a drink and a bite to eat.

Register now.

Presenters

Chair: Mina Jahanshahi, Senior Advisor – Location Intelligence at GHD

Panel members:

  • Mary Ellen Feeney, Asia Pacific B&I Technical Director GIS at Jacobs
  • Stephanie Pradier, Communications Manager at CRC for Spatial Information
  • Roshni Sharma, GIS Analyst at EMM Consulting and SSSI YP National Chair
  • Denise McKenzie, Executive Director Communications and Outreach at OGC.

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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 GeoTech, GeoDev, GeoBusiness, GeoHipsters, 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

We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater GeoCommunity!

Huge thanks to our sponsor, Veris! Thanks heaps 😉

How to Register….

Attending GeoRabble is free, but we need you to register for catering purposes. Please register now!

 

 

GeoRabble Melbourne #11 | Wednesday 21 March

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow, 94-96 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 10minutes long.

Speakers

Sarah Goodwin — Multivariate Geographic Analysis — A framework for visualising multiple variables across scale and geography.

Simon O’Keefe — Government web services — A look into WMS/WFS (web mapping services/web feature services).

Geordie Millar — Radiosonde hunting for fun & (no) profit — Geordie is a spatial developer working with the latest in open source tech, but spends his spare time chasing weather balloons that come crashing down to earth.

Anton Thomas — Method mapping — A cartographer connects with the region he’s mapping using his senses as a guide.

Andrew Bashfield — Surveying at RMIT — Tales from Carlton, the best-surveyed place in Australia

Michael Cushen – Map Mosaic Portraits – Using PostGIS, Python, and QGIS to make Geo-Portraits

Mina Jahanshahi – Who Maps the World? The history of women in cartography, impacts of a male-dominated industry, how the industry is changing

Tickets are available via eventbrite.

If you have a great geo-spatial 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 20words or less, or email your idea to melbourne@georabble.org

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

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GeoRabble Perth #20 – The Debate Edition – GIS Day: Wednesday 15th November 2017

The Perth crew changed things up for GIS Day 2017 with GeoRabble Perth #20 – The Debate Edition.

The surprise for this one was that it was ‘everyone in’ – with full Rabble participation. After a few limbering ales to celebrate the Aussie win over Honduras in the World Cup Qualifier – MC Carly split us into a couple of teams to find out if:

Big Brother is really here?

Open Source beats Proprietary?

And Cloud trumps On-Premises?

It turns out we must have really enjoyed those drinks because we decided Big Brother still isn’t here yet, Proprietary really does beat Open Source, and On-Premises trumps Cloud!

Actually, it was all down to the quality of our teams and debate leaders of course. There were eloquent speeches that would have made Obama proud. Taking a lead from the world game – there were a few ‘own goals’ when we forgot which side we were on – especially when our MC had us switch sides at the last minute for the second debate. And there was, well, the Rabble.

A special thanks go out to MC Carly for keeping things (relatively) civil, special guest Rabbler – the Dark Spatial Lord – for being our resident disruptor, and to our Perth GeoRabble for getting into this one (and not running screaming from the bar).

A big thanks also goes to our sponsor of the night – NGIS – thank you for your support!

Maybe we’ll give this format another run sometime. Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like the wisdom of GeoRabble to answer via perth@georabble.org or #georabbleper.

And stay tuned for news about our 21st GeoRabble Perth – coming early 2018.

In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in GeoRabble organising, or would like to speak or sponsor, drop us a line through perth@georabble.org , or through twitter @georabble or #georabbleper.

GeoRabble Perth #19 – Student Edition – It’s A Wrap!

Suzy Urbaniak set the scene for the night with her infectious enthusiasm for science and education! Suzy shared her hands-on approach with real world and field based learning. She introduced her Centre of Resources Excellence Program, designed with STEAM front of mind – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

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Next up was repeat speaker Dhan Prabhu, who introduced us to “get into resources”, a unique 3 day event in WA which showcases the resources industry to secondary school students.  Small groups of students get to participate in hands-on interactive activities as presented by volunteer industry professionals from a wide range of resource related disciplines.

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Mark Williams spoke on his experiences with Participatory Mapping from Central Australia to Cambodia, in helping local inhabitants transcribe their expert knowledge of local environments in a geographical framework. Mark shared results of his masters study aimed at using community based adaptation and participatory mapping to explore how communities living in flood-prone river basins in Cambodia perceive and adapt to changes in flood regimes under the influence of climate change and other risk factors.

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Participatory GIS and community based adaptation to climate change and other hazards – Mark Williams, M.Env,Sc (GIS and Environmental Management specialisation UWA)

Next up were Tristan Reed and Jeremy Siao Him Fa, sharing their GeoApp Development in the remote Ngalangangpum School in Warmun, 200km south of Kununurra. As part of the “Two-way Learning” model, combination of traditional indigenous methods and new economy skills, Tristan and Jeremy helped teach the students how to build a basic iPad app that functioned as a geo-diary, allowing students to catalog their excursions as well as important places around the town.

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And our very own Darren Mottolini finished up with some guidance in mentoring – helping others think outside the box by sharing our geo experience and perspective on the world. Getting to the root of problems, identifying gaps and co-designing for unique solutions.

Thanks again to Damian Shepherd for MCing on the night and to our friends at Spookfish for sponsoring the Student Edition!

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

Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our next event coming up soon.

Georabble Melbourne #10 | 23 Nov

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at the Imperial Hotel, 2 Bourke St, Melbourne (Corner Bourke & Spring Sts). 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 10minutes long.

Speakers:

Melinda Clarke – Putting Melbourne on the Map – Experiences of illustrated map making from the first edition of the Melbourne Map, published 1990, and the second, due early next year.
Anton Thomas – Drawing a continent by hand – a search for harmony between the creative freedoms of art and the geographic truth of cartography
Alex Webster – Unlocking 3D opportunities – Cost effective ways to access VR and develop an organisation awareness.
Tom Hollands – Data obfuscation in China – The art of confusing travellers and keeping data private.
Verity Miles – How is Dwelling density shaping our city?  – A look at Melbourne’s dwelling density from a number of different angles.
Adam Mattinson (@mappinson) Mapping alternate universes and geofictionalised versions of Melbourne.

Rescheduled for a future event:

Simon O’Keefe – Government web services – A look into WMS/WFS (Web Mapping Services / Web Feature Services)

 

More speakers to follow…

If you have a great geo-spatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like minded people, we want you! Contact the GeoRabble committee asap to express your interesting topic in 20words or less, or email your idea to melbourne@georabble.org

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

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GeoRabble Tas #8 is being held on the 14th of September, 2017

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Hey everybody, this is a rather belated post to let you know that there’s a GeoRabble coming up in Tasmania this week!

We’ve got three great presenters, plus a secret presenter who will be revealed on the night. (No, it’s not just disorganisation, we really do have something special for you!)

The event is being held at the Republic Bar in North Hobart on Thursday the 14th of September from 5 pm until 7 pm.

Here’s a big register button to make it super easy.

Eventbrite - GeoRabble Tas #8

We look forward to seeing you there, but please, don’t forget to register!

Presenter Details:

Anna Riddel: Measuring Earth’s ‘wiggle’: A journey to the centre

Our Earth is a dynamic planet and in response to mass moving across its surface, it cannot help but give a little wiggle. The Earth is not flat, but neither is it round and there are processes that change the shape and surface of the Earth on timescales that range from daily to decadal to millennial. Accurately pinpointing a location with a positioning system like GPS, or measuring changes in global sea level are only done relative to Earth’s centre. But herein lies the problem, we can’t physically get to the centre ourselves to see where it is or how its movement is changing over time.

Dylan Colson: What’s New in Hydrography?

There are exciting developments in Hydrography both locally and internationally on the horizon. One of the most exciting new technologies, Autonomous Surface Vehicles, are becoming more widespread, so where does this leave the role of the hydrographer? Confined to the role of data processor and QC? In fact, with the new HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (or HIPP) currently in the early stages of planning, the role of a qualified, certified and professional hydrographic surveyors is now more important than ever.

Anthony OFlaherty: System of Systems

TasWater’s Asset Management Systems are crucial to the effective management of what is a complex web of geographically disperse assets. These systems include GIS, SCADA, Enterprise Historian, Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) & CAD. This presentation will provide an operational context of those systems and outline key strategic initiatives that will future proof our operating model, ultimately driving better outcomes for all Tasmanians.

Special Surprise Guest: who could it be?!

 

Thanks to our sponsors, Konect and Insight GIS!

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Tonight’s Final Speakers Announced! | GeoRabble Perth #19 | Students of Geo

Georabble – Student Edition – Thursday 7th September 2017 

Speakers:

  • Suzy Urbaniak: Geoscience, Education and STEM – What’s happening and where is it going…
  • Tristan Reed & Jeremy Siao Him Fa: Geo-app development in Remote Schools
  • Mark Williams: Participatory Mapping, Central Australia to Cambodia
  • Darren Mottolini: The Assumptions of Mentoring
  • Dhan Prabhu: “Getting into Resources” – Resource Careers Experience for High-School Students

What ignited your passion for all things geo?

We’re inviting newbies to the Perth geo-scene to share their stories about what got them on path to geo-enlightenment. Join the friendly Perth Rabble to share your passion for geo.

And for old hat Rabbers – tap a local geo-newby you know to come along and join the crew.

Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
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 @ Spookfish.

Speakers Announced! | GeoRabble Perth #19 | Students of Geo

Georabble – Student Edition – Thursday 7th September 2017

 

Speakers:

  • Suzy Urbaniak: Geoscience, Education and STEM – What’s happening and where is it going…
  • Tristan Reed & Jeremy Siao Him Fa: Geo-app development in Remote Schools
  • Mark Williams: Participatory Mapping, Central Australia to Cambodia

More to be announced soon!

What ignited your passion for all things geo?

We’re inviting newbies to the Perth geo-scene to share their stories about what got them on path to geo-enlightenment. Join the friendly Perth Rabble to share your passion for geo.

And for old hat Rabbers – tap a local geo-newby you know to come along and join the crew.

Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
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 @ Spookfish.