10- 12 May, 2023 | Adelaide Convention Centre | South Australia
Geospatial Evolutions: From lands to seas to stars
FrontierSI Booth 17

Each year, the Locate conference attracts national and international delegates from within and outside the spatial & surveying industry. As Australia’s premier spatial & surveying conference, Locate provides guests with a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications in geospatial technologies.

FrontierSI will be participating in several workshops and presenting at this year’s conference:


Thursday 11 May

Climate Change and Resources
11:15 AM, Room C2
FrontierSI: Dr Claire Fisk
Fairy circles and where to find them: how earth observation data can support ‘new energy’ exploration in Australia
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Positioning and tools
2:25 PM, Room C3
FrontierSI: Christopher Marshall
Zero-Cost Sub-Meter GNSS Accuracy using the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN)
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Automation and Machine Learning
2:25 PM, Room C4
FrontierSI: Dr Caitlin Adams
Documenting a machine learning training dataset

Friday 12 May 2023

New Technologies
12:05 PM, Room C4
FrontierSI: Roshni Sharma
What does the journey to smart road networks look like? Insights from TMR Spatial Labs 2022
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Wednesday 10 May
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM, City Room 4
FrontierSI: Christopher Blackstock
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Economic Value of Data – “How do you value data?”

This workshop addresses the question of “How well do you understand the economic value of your data?” Industry and government spend considerable sums on geospatial data and data infrastructure. For some businesses there is an understood return on investment through product or service sales, but the real impact of the data is not as easily measured. It is even less clear for government agencies with open data mandates and sector expectations.

The goal of this workshop is to consider the assessment of the economic value of geospatial data, from being a public good, to underpinning sectors and services, driving innovation and modernization, and ultimately stimulating and driving economic activity. It will look at formal methodologies and practices across jurisdictions and industries and investigate the potential to standardize and create widely accepted and reusable evaluation frameworks, guidelines, and best practices.

The workshop will include short context-setting presentations from thought-leaders, followed by an interactive facilitated forum discussion where participants can provide perspectives and experiences and pose questions and challenges. By participating in this workshop, you will help contribute to an industry white paper and an initiative to develop a suitable industry wide framework to evaluate the economic value of data.

Wednesday 10 May 2023
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, City Room 1

New architecture approaches for Geospatial information/data furthering access and use to an ever-increasing number of industry sectors

With an ever-increasing demand for geospatial information and data from non-geospatial industries and communities, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has been investigating more efficient ways of accessing geospatial data.

The workshop will investigate the current architecture starting with topics such as Metaverse, Digital Twins and reusable analytics, exploring the nature of OGC API building blocks and the relationship to semantics of domain models, and then into the work on CI/CT for testing and documenting specifications and establishing permanent best practice examples in managed OGC infrastructure.

To help to achieve this, Testbed 18 looked at three threads:

  • Advanced Models and Data
  • Catalogs, filtering, and Moving Features
  • Future of Open science and Building energy interoperability.

One of the topics within the Advanced Models and Data Thread was to look at Machine Learning Training Datasets, with FrontierSI and Pixalytics leading this work. One of the key areas was to develop the foundation for future standardisation of Training Datasets for Earth Observation applications.

The workshop will also look at other initiatives including the Disaster Pilot 2023 and Testbed 19.

Wednesday 10 May 2023
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, City Room 3
FrontierSI: Roshni Sharma
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Collaboration to build the workforce of tomorrow.

In 2022 The Surveyors’ Trust released a paper evaluating reasons why the Geospatial industry continues to face workforce shortages despite efforts to address the problem. The paper presents a Workforce Roadmap to systemically address the challenges but requires a synchronised whole-of-industry work program to succeed. Workforce shortages for Surveying and Spatial related occupations have been looming for over a decade. Unless action is taken by the industry, the growing shortfall will continue unabated. While in the recent past various recommendations have been developed through workforce gap analysis reports, little coordinated and sustained action has been undertaken.

It is plausible that had a coordinated, structured plan been implemented at the time of the earlier workforce analysis, the current situation may have been avoided.

In addition, several initiatives have commenced recently to tackle this challenge including Project Sirius, led by the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI) Land Surveying Commission. This project aims to boost public understanding of the Surveying profession and to better navigate change that recognises new skills and opportunity in a new frontier for surveying. Further efforts by the industry aim to address the lack of diversity across the workforce led by the Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network.


Access and review all workshops and presentations by downloading the official Locate23 Program.