The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Approach Licensed Surveyor for easier and faster surveying process 2017-03-21T09:23:49Z approach-licensed-surveyor-for-easier-and-faster-surveying-process With the rich experience in the industry, Melbourne Land Surveyors has mastered the many areas of land development. When it comes to Townhouse development or building subdivision, and also many other services they have long list of satisfied clients. They have worked on many important projects throughout their time in the industry. 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Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Experts warn homeowners to face huge bill under planned land titles privatisation 2017-03-12T23:23:41Z experts-warn-homeowners-to-face-huge-bill-under-planned-land-titles-privatisation-1 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEExperts warn homeowners to face huge bill under planned land titles privatisationConcerned experts have joined forces to warn struggling homeowners and first time buyers of the risks posed by the NSW Government’s planned land titles privatisationSydney, Australia – 13 March 2017, Members of the Concerned Titles Group, which includes senior property lawyers, surveyors and land titles experts said that under the Government’s plan homeowners will need to take out title insurance costing as much as $4000 per transaction. “As Australia’s housing prices continue to soar and with no signs of slowing, the sting from the NSW government’s plans to privatise the land titles registry will hit the people of NSW and homeowners hard,” said Michael Green of the Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc. “We calculate that NSW residents will foot the bill as extra state taxes are required to replace the lost income from LPI. “With the increasing cost of living, homeowners shouldn’t have to pay $4000 to insure their title deed that currently only costs around $4 per transaction. For the vast majority of homeowners, this is more expensive than car, life and home contents insurance combined.” John Cunningham, President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and a member of the Concerned Titles Group said that privatising the world class LPI risks the integrity of the state’s land titles system which underpins billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity and $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of real estate. “If we sell it, everyone loses – the government loses the expected yearly profit of $130 million in addition to the huge upside of growth in Strata registrations in the coming years,” said Mr Cunningham. “And the public loses with the significant profit growth and increased efficiency of this world class facility that is in the peoples’ hands and provides property owners in NSW with the security of title they expect to protect their greatest asset.” Under the NSW Government’s proposal, the NSW land titles registry will be offered to private operators under a 35-year lease worth an estimated $2 billion, the funds from which will be used to build and renovate two sports stadiums. Green said that recent survey conducted by the Institution revealed that 84 per cent of respondents believe the sell-off is a poor decision. “Putting a fundamental public service up for sale to simply develop sporting venues that most of the state won’t use, demonstrates how little respect the Government has to the rule of law,” Mr Green said.  “A vast majority of citizens in NSW won’t have easy access to these facilities and would additionally have to pay a premium fee to use the stadium. “Would it not be better for the NSW government to privatise stadiums instead of a profitable entity that belongs to the people?” he said. Pauline Wright, President of the Law Society of NSW, said “the Law Society’s position remains that the land titling function is a vital and core function of government.  The national economy, and public confidence in the protection of every individual’s property rights, depend on the absolute security in the administration of the land titling function.  This remains the fundamental concern of lawyers, real estate agents and surveyors.” The move to sell the LPI will see hundreds of experienced staff lose their jobs once their initial employment guarantee period of four years expires. “The sacrifice of long-term stable revenue, the loss of hundreds of skilled and dedicated staff, the risk of title fraud and the prospect of price increases make the case for privatisation hard to argue. Chasing a short term gain at the cost of long stable revenue seems synonymous with the government,” said Green. Media contact: Pamela Philip +61 2 9818 0929pamela.philip@ppr.com.auNote to Editors: Based on the 2015 lodgement figures for transfers and mortgages in NSW, the costs to the people of NSW and the windfall awaiting insurance companies is reflected below: For 213,000 transfers attracting $4,000 each the additional annual cost would be $852M For 281,000 mortgages attracting $1,200 each the additional annual cost would be $337.2M Members from the Concerned Titles Group (CTG): Margaret Hole AM; Solicitor, previously Examiner of Title at LPI, Past President of the Law Society of NSW; Ian McCormack, Former Senior Title Specialist (Projects); Training Officer & Plan & Title Advisor LPI; Barry O’Malley Fellow ISNSW, Former Principal Surveyor of NSW; Tony Proust President -elect, Institution of Surveyors NSW, Registered Surveyor & Certified Practicing Planner; John Cunningham, President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW; Noel Benham, Former Manager & Assistant Director Title Creation Division, NSW Land Titles Office; Bruce Langley, Former Senior Titling specialist (Projects) & Advisor Old System & Crown Land, LPI -Ends- What Aussie Self-Employed Women Want! 2017-03-07T22:23:28Z what-aussie-self-employed-women-want ·         Generation Y is leading the way when it comes to being a self-employed woman ·         Only one in five self-employed women are managing their business finances successfully1 ·         Over 50 per cent of respondents are married with children. They want to be their own boss to better manage their work life balance1 ·         Accessing finances and managing business finances are the biggest issues1 SYDNEY, 8 March 2017: New research1 by Intuit Australia, released on International Women’s Day, reveals the wants and needs of Aussie self-employed women, with the majority (73%) saying being organised is not only the key to success, but also important in order to run their business efficiently.   However, only one in five believe they are very successful1 in managing their business finances. The research also found that women said an improved office space and less clutter were twoof the most important factors1 needed to better organise their day-to-day work life.   Armed with these findings, Shaynna Blaze interior designer and TV personality is on a mission to help Australia’s self-employed get more organised. Fronting the “Organise-Nation” campaign, she said: “Australia’s self-employed are at the heart of this nation. They keep us fit, make our homes beautiful, and even care for our kids. They spend hours organising us but don’t take time out for themselves.   “I run my own business and know how hard it can be to juggle all the demands from finances, to sick kids, to making time to catch up with friends. There are, however, things the self-employed can do to make life easier. “The biggest tip I can give is that less is more. Having a cluttered office isn’t going to help you focus so make sure you keep it clean and tidy.” The same research also highlighted 80 per cent of respondents are using mobile phones to run their business, and many wanted easier-to-use technology and apps to help manage their venture1.    Said Nicolette Maury, Country Manager and Vice President of Intuit Australia: “We celebrate the positive impact female entrepreneurs have in organising the nation and helping build a prosperous economy. However, our research shows many need a helping hand when it comes to managing their business finances so they can achieve a better work life balance. “It’s vital for the self-employed to build a strong financial foundation to help set themselves up for long term success. “Intuit helps the self-employed succeed with an easy-to-use innovative mobile app – QuickBooks Self-Employed. The app is an easy way for customers to stay in control of their business finances and help them prepare for tax time while on the go,” she said. Ms Maury added that the self-employed use their time to make money and so they want a simple platform to track income and expenses, without the hassle of time-consuming data entry. QuickBooks Self-Employed does just that and so much more, even enabling customers to untangle business and personal expenses, a key pain point for the self-employed. See how Shaynna Blaze helps Charlotte Morson from Sydney’s Lottie’s Clothing re-organise her office freeing up valuable time to spend with her family by visiting https://www.intuit.com.au/self-employed/organise-nation/   ENDS [i] PureProfile What Women Want survey of 300 self-employed women, commissioned by Intuit Australia, February 2017     International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Initiative of 10m crewboat by CMS 2017-02-27T02:04:00Z initiative-of-10m-crewboat-by-cms Commercial Marine Solutions is a based in Melbourne which is a firm that designs and counsels marine-related plans. Recently, CMS has outlined the points of interest in initiative of a 10m crewboat. This design is proposed keeping in mind the crafting of efficient charter fishing boat plan. CMS is looking forward to make inventive, functional and savvy plans and counseling answers for the marine business. Therefore, the draft of new 10m crewboat is taken into consideration. The 10m Crewboat has the same performance and stability just like the 9.5m offshore fishing vessel Papa Zulu which was designed for Tasmanian operator Zulu Fishing Charters in 2011, although 10m Crewboat is a modified version.As opposed to the twin Mercury outboards indicated by Zulu, the new outline has a singleYanmar 6CXB-GT inboard. As indicated by CMS, it gives the remarkable unwavering quality required in this kind of vessel.CMS have involvement over different vessel and material sorts including steel, aluminum, timber and fiberglass. CMS construct every new outline in light of existing and demonstrated bodies which are ceaselessly audited and refreshed through our innovative work program. This approach gives the most ideal result to execution and operational profile. The principal of CMS said, “the hullform of 9.5m CMS offshore fishing boat has proven very capable in a range of conditions, and this gives the design a variety of applications.” He also said, “The hull has been applied to designs for a crewboat, a general workboat design, and even a high-speed patrol craft.”The aluminum frame is determined to business seaward principles, meeting Lloyds Register 4G grouping. With a general light emission, the structure utilized for the crewboat variant is marginally more extensive than Papa Zulu which Johnston says gives strong strength at speed or stationary. Waterjet and shaft-drive impetus choices are accessible, with speed around 28kt, and the outline is arranged for up to 12 travelers. About Commercial Marine SolutionsCMS are leading marine consultants offering advice and services to shipbuilders, ship-owners, government and quasi government organisations. Our broad experience positions us to provide not only complete designs but also consulting advice for existing vessels. This consulting utilises the same requirements methodology so a practical, workable and buildable solution is achieved for every project. CMS use the latest analysis tools in undertaking Naval architecture, Structural design and analysis, Vessel modification, Construction support, Hydrodynamics, FEA, Independent certification, Expert witness and Stability to provide exceptional value and quality.Media Contact details:Commercial Marine Solutions Pty Ltd294 Warrigal RoadGlen Iris, Victoria 3146website - www.cmsmdc.comPhone - 03 9429 2628 Consumer Poll: Over 70% of Home Owners in NSW in the Dark about NSW Government’s Land Titles Asset Privatisation 2017-02-12T22:30:00Z consumer-poll-over-70-of-home-owners-in-nsw-in-the-dark-about-nsw-government-s-land-titles-asset-privatisation New research from the Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc has revealed the unpopularity of the NSW Government’s move to privatise the land titles registry. Over 80 per cent of respondents have called upon the NSW Government to scrap its decision to handover the self-funded world-class registry which made $130 million in profit in 2015-16[1], to the hands of private corporations. Only 6 per cent back the controversial move.   The exclusive poll of 1,000 homeowners aged between 25 to 65 years and above, revealed that over 70 per cent were unaware of the NSW Government’s intentions to sell off the NSW land registry. According to the Institution of Surveyors NSW, the public’s unawareness of the issue is a reflection that the current system is efficient and meets the needs of the public. “When a statute works well and has an efficient framework, it falls away from the public spotlight and into the periphery. In fact, the only time we are aware of the importance of the structures which hold our society together is when they stop functioning properly, when they fall into disarray or fail our needs,” said Michael Green, President of the Institution of Surveyors NSW Inc. “In this same way, the land title asset framework was in the peripheral, and is now in the public spotlight. Not from failure or a lack of functionality, but rather because the NSW Government is trying to sell it, to make quick money.”  Plans to build and renovate stadiums frowned upon Under proposals led by newly appointed NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, the government is planning to sell this vital service under a 35-year contract for an estimated $2 billion which will be used to build and renovate two stadiums. This research shows 84 percent of respondents believe this is not the right decision. “Putting a fundamental public service up for sale to simply develop a sporting venue demonstrates how little respect the Government has to the rule of law.  Chasing a short term gain at the cost of long stable revenue seems synonymous with the government,” said Green.  Reasons for concern The poll found that majority of respondents listed the risk of error and fraud with land titles information (36%) as the top reason for concern associated with privatisation. This is followed by knowledge of personal information in the hands of private corporations (28%) and hike in housing prices (24%).   Unlike other arms of government that fall under scrutiny, the land title registry is the widely unknown backbone of one of the most important areas of life, land ownership. The registry is both comprehensive and effective in making sure that ‘what you buy is what you get’ when it comes to selling or buying property in NSW. “The system is effective and it is also profitable. Why then would we sell a self-funded entity, which until now, has been confidently and proficiently governing land registration? All because the NSW government wants to boost its funds,” said Mr Green.   As house prices across the state continue to rise and push home ownership out of reach for many, the NSW government is set to make it even tougher. The move could see struggling homeowners and first time buyers pay an extra $900 to move home, buy land or change titles through increased fees from new private operators. “With housing affordability among her three key priorities, alongside local infrastructure and a strong economy, we urge Premier Gladys Berejiklian to reconsider selling the land titles registry, an asset that underpins our Australian economy. This short term opportunism in exchange for long term stability will come at the expense of Australians.”     [1] http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/leaked-nsw-treasury-document-reveals-billions-to-be-made-by-land-title-registry-operators-20170201-gu2wed.html   International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T04:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). The FME World Tour is Coming to Australia & Singapore in 2017 2017-01-11T03:55:56Z the-fme-world-tour-is-coming-to-australia-amp-singapore-in-2017 Sydney, 11 January 2017 (www.1spatial.com) 1Spatial, global leaders in managing geospatial data, will be hosting a series of free FME World Tour events in Australia and Singapore. The sessions will help users and newcomers to FME to understand how best to transfigure their data into useful information, and make it appear when and where it’s needed. Come and witness the Magic of FME first-hand! 1Spatial is a Value-Added Reseller of FME and a Platinum Partner of Safe Software, enabling organisations to automate their processes, innovate and make their data smarter. Registration has opened today: www.1spatial.com/FMEWT Join us and become an FME Wizard! We’ll be in a city near you on one of the following dates: In Australia ·               * 21st March - Sydney ·               * 23rd March - Melbourne In Singapore ·               * 16th March - Singapore Safe's co-founder Dale Lutz says, "Organisations must start with accurate and validated data if they want to compete in today's data-heavy world. Only then can it be integrated with other data or environments. The FME World Tour provides a unique opportunity to get a magical insight into the benefits of FME. It’s no illusion, making your data smarter is key to better understanding the world around us and improving decision-making." Each event will include lots of networking opportunities using our own unique style, technical presentations and interactive sessions to fuel your imagination and plenty of business benefits. As always we welcome both new users and veterans of FME. Natalie Cooney, General Manager, 1Spatial Australia says, "Joining the FME World Tour is all about finding new ways to transform your data into useful information. We’ll be holding technical demonstrations to show how you can improve your FME processes and our user stories will give real world examples of how FME has helped our customers to make their projects more efficient. The FME World Tour is always fun and interactive, so come and join us and speak to one of our FME Wizards to solve your data challenges." Why Attend? ·               * Learn how the new capabilities in FME 2017 can help your workflows ·               * Build your FME skills through how-to and best practice sessions ·               * Get tips and practical ideas via presentations from FME users ·               * Receive technical assistance from our FME Certified Professionals ·               * Network with FME users from other organisations and the wider FME Community.   The FME World Tour caters for technical and non-technical delegates; wizards and muggles alike. There are deep-dive sessions for experienced FME users, but also sessions which are appropriate for people who are new to the technology. It's also an opportunity to review the latest capabilities of the new release. 1Spatial always presents the capabilities from a number of angles to ensure there is something for everyone. Notes to Editors   About Safe Software and FME Safe Software is the maker of FME and the pioneering global leader in spatial data transformation technology. FME empowers users to confidently transform data so it can be used and shared – where, when and how it's needed. Available in seven languages, FME's unmatched transformation capabilities and support for over 350 formats and countless applications enables you to quickly overcome data challenges so you can focus on your objectives. Discover why leading vendors and thousands of organisations worldwide rely on FME to quickly overcome barriers to using and sharing data. Visit www.safe.com. About 1Spatial1Spatial is the global leader in managing geospatial data. We make data smarter by making it more current, more complete and more consistent – ensuring decisions are always grounded in the best available information. Our unique, rules-based approach delivers enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. It builds confidence in the data while reducing the time and cost of stewardship. Our clients include utility and telecoms businesses, transport organisations, national mapping agencies and government departments. A leader in our field, we have over forty five years' experience and a record of continual innovation and development. www.1spatial.com To register go to the 1Spatial site www.1spatial.com/FMEWT Commercial Marine Solutions Offering Complete Marine & Naval Services Australia Wide 2016-12-28T09:56:50Z commercial-marine-solutions-offering-complete-marine-amp-naval-services-australia-wide Commercial Marine Solutions is a 100% Australian owned and operated company located in Glen Iris near Melbourne City in Australia. The company is owned by Mr. Sean Johnston and Sean is one of the leading marine consultants in the industry.The marine industry is an ever evolving one and technology and naval architecture is at the forefront of this evolution. Established in 2003, Commercial Marine Solutions has its focus on client satisfaction and rendering professional services from the very beginning. Commercial Marine Solutions (CMS) are an experienced and qualified team of naval architects and marine consultants who provide a range of marine services across a number of markets segments creating exceptional value for money.CMS have experience across multiple vessel and material types including steel, aluminium and fibreglass. CMS base all new designs on existing and proven hulls which are continually reviewed and updated through our research and development program.Whether it is marine designs, marine consulting or marine expertise clients have time and again found Commercial Marine Solutions (CMS) to be reliable partners for the projects. The fact that CMS are accredited marine surveyors, having been involved for more than 30 years within the marine industry with Australian USL/NMSC (AMSA DCV, MAST, NSW Maritime, TSV) and other international classifications societies including Lloyds, DNV GL, BV and USCG.Commercial Marine Solutions Pty Ltd is a truly international company serving clients Asia - Singapore, Vietnam, China, Philippines, Malaysia, India.  Middle East - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.About the company:    Based in Australia, Commercial Marine Solutions is a company engaged in offering a range of innovative commercial marine solutions at local and overseas locations at cost-effective pricing. For more information about the company, please visit www.cmsmdc.com.Media Contact:Commercial Marine Solutions Pty. Ltd.Phone Number: +61 3 9429 2628E-mail: cms@cmsmdc.comAddress: 294 Warrigal RoadGlen Iris, Victoria 3146 Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Introducing Thematic Mapper for Easy In-map Analytics 2016-11-29T11:43:25Z introducing-thematic-mapper-for-easy-in-map-analytics Traditionally, access to spatial information, and the tools required for analysing and visualising that information, was restricted to only companies with substantial budgets. Organisation had two options: either deploy a suitable infrastructure in-house and employ expert analysts, or alternatively, source specialist advice from external consultants.   Both these options have one thing in common - cost. We are talking about tens of thousands, and very often hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual expenditure. It's no surprise that many organisations cannot afford location intelligence at these prices.   The arrival of cloud-based online mapping tools is changing all that, democratising access to vital information for everybody, even the smallest companies, as well as individuals.    With the release of the Thematic Mapper application, MapDeck is taking the concept of in-map DIY spatial analytics to a whole new level.    In particular, Thematic Mapper is an example of the new generation of online mapping tools which allow full personalisation of information content on maps. That is, unlike traditional online maps which require an administrator to configure for end users what data to display and how, Thematic Mapper gives each user full control over the entire map creation and map publishing/sharing process. It is a whole new approach to creating online maps and interacting with spatial data in real time.   Experience how easy it is to use Thematic Mapper by exploring how it helps with finding a quick answer to a highly complex and often debated question: "Do the rich always get richer?"  For a limited time, all MapDeck users have the opportunity to try Thematic Mapper at no cost. The app is available on a one month free subscription until 20 December.   Use this invite code to sign up: f10dc1f2 if you are not yet a MapDeck user.    About MapDeck:   MapDeck is an online marketplace for spatial information and simple-to-use, task-oriented tools to support a variety of activities, be it business or investment related, environmental, community or policy focused.    By collecting the most useful spatial data in one place, and providing simple tools to interact with it, MapDeck makes it easy for anybody to take advantage of location intelligence technology and to derive invaluable, personalised information for decision making.   We make spatial information and analysis ready data accessible to all. Locate, map, act! Contact w: https://MapDeck.com e: info@mapdeck.com