After a massive Locate17, next year’s national spatial and surveying conference plans to become even bigger and bring more international guests and presenters.
In April 2017, The Locate17 Conference partnered with the International Society for Digital Earth to deliver one of the largest ever spatial gatherings in the Australasian region. In 2018, Locate will partner with Geospatial Media to co-locate the Locate-GeoSmart Asia 2018 Conference in Adelaide. The event will run over four days from 8-11 April 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre (pictured).
Locate is organised by Locate Conferences Australia, which consists of representatives from both the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Spatial Industries Business Association/Geospatial Information and Technologies Association (SIBA|GITA). It also aligns with the asia pacific spatial excellence awards (APSEA), which are now open for entries.
Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse was appointed as the chair Locate Conferences Australia in 2016 and at Locate17 it was announced he is also president-elect of SSSI. Mohamed-Ghouse said he is delighted to announce the joint conference in Adelaide and that the new co-location with GeoSmart Asia will bring “strength and new insights.”
“GeoSmart Asia has always been a successful platform for both spatial and non-spatial professionals in Asia and Pacific and every year it grows bringing different perspective and new thoughts to the user community,” said Mohamed-Ghouse. “The collaboration between Locate and Geospatial Media will bring strengths and new insights to their respective delegates.”
Mohamed-Ghouse claims the new format will be in line with the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda), which aims to ensure the Australian spatial sector makes the most of growth opportunities over the next ten years.
“I am also pleased to share that the joint conference will be developed on the 2026 agenda requirements and hope to bring a difference to both spatial and its user community,” Mohamed-Ghouse said.
One of the 2026Agenda initiatives outlined in the Action Plan, initiative C6, is to:
“re-purpose the Locate Conference to:
1) include streams specifically focused on the priority growth sectors to promote cross-sectoral participation,
2) report on progress with the implementation of this Action Plan,
3) seek advice on improvements and updates to the Action Plan.”
Geospatial Media’s CEO, Sanjay Kumar, described the co-location as a strategic collaboration that will promote the use of geospatial technologies for larger societal benefit.
“This strategic collaboration shall enable geospatial industry players from the region, as well as the international arena to get a deeper insight into the prospects, challenges and opportunities that awaits them in Asia Pacific region,” Kumar said.
“This partnership with SSSI and SIBA to co-locate the two conferences will enable Geospatial Media to further its mission of building the geospatial industry and promoting use and application of geospatial technologies for larger societal benefit.”
More details of the conference’s new format will be announced via Spatial Source as they arise.