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We’re thrilled to announce that the full Locate24 is officially released. The program will be made up of four plenary sessions, workshops and concurrent sessions as well as host the Geospatial Excellence Awards. The program will be bring together experts from diverse fields to explore the latest trends and developments in geospatial technologies as well as act as a hub for networking opportunities.

*Please note, the program is subject to change. 


For full workshop details, click the link or see the information detailed below. 

*Please note, the program is subject to change. 


Earth Observation and AI Applications: Addressing Small Geo-Spatial Dataset Problems

Dr Jagannath Aryal, The University Of Melbourne


Over the last decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL), have been increasingly used for a variety of Earth Observation (EO) applications, particularly segmentation, object detection and localisation, and forecasting tasks. When a sufficient training dataset is available, the DL methods can accurately and efficiently work. However, the lack of precise and sufficient labelling information significantly challenges the preparation of a large training dataset. Thus, small geospatial dataset problems are prominent in various domains and result in poor models.

This workshop aims to introduce and showcase hands-on methods for more efficient training of DL models for EO applications under a small (limited) training dataset. An overview of the small dataset problem and promising DL techniques to overcome the challenges for case-specific EO applications will be provided. This will enable Geospatial industry stakeholders to contextualise and select fit-for-purpose DL methods for their use cases. Such fit-for-purpose algorithmic methods will aid in the decision processes of, for example, private sectors[Geoscape, NearMap] and government sectors [DEECA] and users (students, engineers, and scientists).

Geospatial industry – relevance

  • Stakeholders (industry, clients)
  • NearMap, DEECA, Graduate Researchers

How will the stakeholders benefit from the workshop?

  • Understand the fundamentals of EO and AI, small dataset problems and techniques to work with these problems.
  • The relevant hands-on session will allow the participants to understand and test the DL methods that could be implemented (with/without changes) in their task.

How will stakeholders from different disciplines benefit from the workshop?

  • Theoretical knowledge of EO and AI, small dataset problems and techniques to overcome the problems.
  • The hands-on session will enable the participants to reflect on their discipline-related tasks and implement the DL methods accordingly to grow their business.

The dedicated 2-hour workshop will consist of two parts. The first part (approx. 30 mins) includes a short context-setting presentation on EO and AI fundamentals, challenges posed by small training datasets, and techniques to address the small dataset problems. The second part includes a hands-on coding lab on urban building footprint extraction.. During the hands-on session, the workshop materials will be provided in the form of Jupyter Notebooks that use the PyTorch DL framework and can be executed on a personal computer or cloud. We recommend using Google Colab as it provides access to free GPUs for more efficient training. Participants will have an opportunity for interaction.

Unlocking Australia’s Positioning Potential

Dr Martine Woolf, Geoscience Australia


Positioning Australia is a multi-decadal Commonwealth investment in accurate and reliable positioning information across the country and its maritime zones. It leverages the latest satellite and terrestrial technologies to enhance the accuracy and reliability of positioning in Australia down to as little as 10cm across all of Australia and our maritime zones, and to 3-5cm in areas of mobile phone coverage. This capability will enhance the geospatial capabilities of sectors such as agriculture, mining, transport, and construction. The benefits of Positioning Australia include improved productivity, safety, efficiency, and innovation, as well as new opportunities for research and development.

However, to fully realise the potential benefit of Positioning Australia, it requires effective partnering, collaboration and coordination among multiple stakeholders, such as government agencies, industry partners, research institutions, and end-users. This workshop will explore the opportunities of partnering on positioning and explore some of the successful examples of collaborative projects and initiatives that have delivered tangible outcomes for the Australian economy and society.

The workshop will consist of three main components: a keynote presentation by Geoscience Australia, the lead agency of Positioning Australia, showcasing the capability delivered in the program; a panel discussion featuring experts and practitioners from different sectors and domains; and a breakout session where participants will engage in interactive activities and discussions on how to foster and enhance partnerships on positioning. The workshop will also provide a platform for networking and knowledge exchange among the participants, who are expected to represent a diverse range of backgrounds and interests.

The workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in or involved in position-dependent initiatives, whether as a provider, user, or enabler of geospatial data and services. It will offer valuable insights and practical guidance on how you can leverage the benefits of Positioning Australia, and how you can contribute to its ongoing development and improvement.


Enabling Local Governments Leverage Digital Twin Platforms

Arundhati Ramesh, DSM Geodata


Through this workshop, DSM Geodata intends to demonstrate visualization of data in the Digital Twin platforms, and how local governments can leverage this platform to provide high visibility to internal stakeholders and the public. Examples of Greater Dandenong and Glen Eira spatial datasets would be demonstrated live.

The points that would be discussed are Data Readiness, Data Consistency and Data Currency


Safeguarding Australia: Harnessing Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery for Hazard Monitoring

Dr Judit Gonzalez-Santana, NV5 Geospatial
Dr Dipak Paudyal, APAC Geospatial


Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites provide all-day and all-weather Earth Observation capabilities, offering invaluable insights for the identification, monitoring, and assessment of both natural and man-made hazards. This workshop offers a deep dive into Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications for hazard monitoring, addressing potential risks faced by Australian communities. From bushfires that annually engulf vast areas to floods triggered by tropical cyclones, and from land subsidence due to resource extraction to geomorphological shifts like landslides and erosion, SAR offers a versatile toolkit for safeguarding communities.
Participants will gain a solid understanding of SAR theory, capabilities, and the tools available for monitoring fire, flood, natural resource extraction and geomorphological change, including real-world examples. A hands-on segment will offer participants the chance to actively engage with SAR technology to execute flooding and bushfire mapping exercises within the ENVI SARscape suite. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be equipped with not just knowledge but practical skills to leverage SAR in mitigating diverse hazards, fostering resilience in communities across Australia.


OGC ANZ Forum Workshop – New Era on Interoperability, Machine Learning, API Development, Testbeds and Pilots

Rob Atkinson, Trevor Taylor, Chrs Body, Open Geospatial Consortium


The workshop will cover some of the significant OGC projects being:

  • OGC’s Rainbow Project is building the most advanced interoperability framework in the geospatial domain. OGC Rainbow connects taxonomies, profiles, Standards, schemas, metadata, and other elements and enables reliable knowledge generation and decision making, all in a machine- and human-friendly environment.
  • Outcomes from the recent Testbed 19 covering topics such as: Machine Learning Models; Analysis Ready Data; Geospatial in Space; Agile Reference Architecture and High Performance Computing.
  • International Collaboration Projects: Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot 2024; Climate and Disaster Resilience Pilot 2002; Digital Twin of the Ocean; Future of IoT-based Smart Farming.
  • Opportunities for Australia/New Zealand to participate in these initiatives.
  • Upcoming API Development: Coverages; Records; Styles; Maps; DGGS; Routes; Joins; Moving Features; 3D GeoVolumes

ICSM’s Cadastre 2034 progress and related initiatives

Adrian White, Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying & Mapping


This workshop will provide an in depth update to the progress that ICSM’s Cadastre Working Group have made in implementing the Cadastre 2034 national strategy, for a cadastral system that enables people to readily and confidently identify the location and extent of all rights, restrictions and responsibilities related to land and real property.

More specifically, several Cadastre Working Group members will provide updates in the following areas:

– Progress update for Cadastre 2034 actions and goals, including key highlights and achievements from jurisdictions across Australia.

– Implementation of a 3D Cadastral Survey Data Model for Australia and New Zealand, including the development of a reference implementation to test the mechanism for transferring 2D cadastral survey data, refinement of 3D elements and jurisdictional profiles for New Zealand, Victoria and Western Australia.

– Annual reporting update of Australian and New Zealand jurisdictional compliance with the standard for the accuracy of spatial cadastres.

The workshop is expected to be of interest to both local and international delegates, with strong alignment to the planned executive meeting of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management – Asia Pacific region (UN-GGIM AP). Australia has recently joined the Cadastre and Land Management Working Group under UN-GGIM AP and this workshop would provide a good platform to progress collaboration with countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Noting that ICSM is not a sponsor for Locate24, the workshop could potentially be condensed into a concurrent session presentation.



The Nuts and Bolts of a Digital Twin for Surveyors

Francine Milne, Geospatial Council of Australia; Mike Stapleton, Lovell Property Consulting; Michael Nietchke, Alexander Symonds; Craig Roberts, UNSW


Spatial Digital Twin is the “buzz” phrase around the special community. However, the concept is foreign to many. It is recognised that the success of spatial digital twins will have great benefit to the wider community, especially in planning and managing resources. Surveyors being acknowledged as experts in measurement are critical to the provision of much of the spatial data used in a digital twin.

The workshop will discuss spatial digital twins from a surveyor’s perspective hopefully creating an environment where participants learn from each other, consider their own solutions, and can apply gained knowledge both inside and outside the workshop. This will be an interactive workshop in which we will actively engage with participants to obtain a wide range of views and suggestions

  • Demystify the digital twin for surveyors
  • Alert wider world to spatial issues in a digital twin
  • Highlight the importance of the land and engineering surveyor to the success of a digital twin.

Topics covered will include:

  • complex cadastral data collection and presentation,
  • where the advent of the spatial digital twin will take the surveying industry over the next 10 years,
  • geodetic issues associated with spatial digital twins, especially those covering large areas,
  • and potential legal issues and “headaches” for surveyors associated with the provision of data for a digital twin.

It is hoped to illustrate the discussion with projects involving mass or complex data collection.


Survey Plan Royalties – How does it benefit the industry?

Josephine Johnston is CEO of Copyright Agency

Copyright Agency

Since 1999, surveyors have been earning royalties on the use of their cadastral plans.

The program is managed by the Copyright Agency ( ) and surveyors need to be registered to be part of the program, as well as keep their records current & accurate.

Hear from CAL about the program, how to make sure you are registered and the value of Plan Copyright to the industry

The Surveyors Trust

The Surveyors Trust was formed to provide collective value to the surveying industry by pooling plan royalties to fund future industry development projects. These include:

  • Industry Associations
  • Workforce Review
  • University Bursaries
  • Advance Industry expertise
  • Advance Industry Recognition
  • During this workshop The Surveyors Trust will present an update on where they are focusing the collective royalties to better the industry and how their program works.

Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Forum


The forum is dedicated towards young and emerging professionals of the industry. It is a chance for them to develop as professionals that will benefit their career as well as meet and build relationships between other junior professionals in different fields and geographies. It is a place to see what the next generation are doing and see the untapped potential they will have for the geospatial industry. It is split into two components: a workshop, where they will learn a specific skill they can apply in their workplace and career and a symposium, where the future of the industry will showcase their ideas and projects to the industry.

NSW Imagery Hub: Hands-on Satellite Imagery Training for NSW Government Agencies and Councils

Brittany Baker, NGIS; Anna Bradney & Anthony Young, NSW Department of Climate Change Environment, Energy and Water (DCCEEW), Environment and Heritage Group (EHG); Abby Boulter, Planet


The NSW Imagery Hub provides NSW State Government Agencies and Local Government access to timely remotely sensed satellite imagery across the entirety of NSW. The Hub provides an easy-to-use platform with the capability to monitor natural hazards and the environment using near daily high-resolution satellite imagery and an archive of time series imagery.

This workshop will provide an interactive, hands-on in-person training for individuals of NSW State Government Agencies and Local Governments, to learn more about the Hub. The workshop will be run by the NSW DCCEEW Environment and Heritage Group (EHG) Spatial Imagery Team, NGIS, and Planet Labs PBC.

This workshop will introduce the technical access options to satellite imagery, including a step-by-step walkthrough of the Planet imagery and tools made available to NSW State Government Agencies and Local Governments. Tutorials will be provided with case studies of fire, drought and flood events, recovery, and rehabilitation. The training will cover the web tool (Planet Explorer) used to search and view satellite imagery, create timelapse videos (Planet Stories), use GIS integrations for ArcGIS Pro and QGIS, how to access WMTS Basemaps, and get started with Planet’s APIs for automation and access to near-daily imagery tile services.

The workshop will provide time for individuals from NSW State Government Agencies and Local Government to ask questions and receive technical assistance regarding use of the NSW Imagery Hub.

Attendees will need to be from a NSW State Government Agency, Government Owned Corporation, Local Government or Council to benefit from the NSW Imagery Hub.


Open Consultation: Workforce – Engineering Surveying Professional Australasia Pacific (ESP-AP) Certification

Francine Milne, Geospatial Council of Australia; Laren Collen, Hexagon; Greg Ledwidge, Surveyor-General ACT; Noel Davidson, Dept. Transport & Main Roads QLD; Darryl Gowlett, DGS; Andrew Barkham, Aurecon; Dave Richey, CPB Contractors

This session is open to all those in the Surveying industry, private sector, government agencies, Councils, Self-Employed, Education and anyone interested in taking part in a collaborative platform focussing on the current DRAFT ESP-AP Certification Competency Framework. Supported by the ESP-AP Certification Committee the forum will be hands-on and will involve active feedback from the attendees for each of the competencies presented. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Certification ensuring that the end result upholds the distinction of the Engineering Surveying Certification and that it demonstrates professional credibility, clearly highlights levels of skill and expertise, strengthens public confidence and is recognised by Industry nationally. This consultation also forms part of the Geospatial Council’s ongoing commitment to building inclusive pathways and solutions in addressing workforce skills shortages.


Exploring the 1Spatial Platform, Featuring FME Accelerator and the GDV Hub – Exclusive Hands-On Workshop

Andrej Mocicka, 1spatial Australia


Unlock your data’s full potential in a concise 90-minute workshop FME Accelerator – no prior FME, coding, or GIS experience necessary. In this interactive workshop, you’ll explore FME, a versatile data integration and automation tool, guided by Certified FME Consultants. Learn to seamlessly integrate, automate, and connect your data, maximising its utility.

All you need is an internet-connected computer, and we’ve simplified the process by hosting the workshop on Strigo, a virtual training platform. No need to install FME or Strigo; we’ll provide access and a direct link to your browser.

Seize this chance to supercharge your data skills and unlock the full potential of your valuable data assets. Join us and embark on a journey toward data excellence.

In our GDV Hub workshop, you’ll directly engage with our experts as they reveal the potential of 1Spatial’s foundational technology behind the GDV Hub. This hands-on session includes real-time demonstrations of various GDV Hub functionalities:

1. Streamlining A-SPEC compliance for effortless data validation and correction.

2. Minimizing issues like spelling errors, data type discrepancies, and formatting hiccups.

3. Seamlessly integrating data extracts from diverse corporate systems.

4. Consolidating data into a single, easily processed zip file.

5. Correcting non-conformance data by overlaying it on your initial submission.

These are just a glimpse of the powerful functionalities we’ll explore in this workshop. If you have data ready for A-SPEC submission and wish to test it, please inform us in advance. Note that the GDV Hub currently supports D, R, and O-Spec data processing. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximise your data management capabilities with 1Spatial’s cutting-edge technology.

Finally, delve into the 1Spatial Platform – a collaborative environment tailored for IT, GIS, and business professionals. Explore the toolbox, featuring the latest release of 1Integrate, an essential component providing automated data validation, correction, and enhancement.

This comprehensive platform enhances productivity and customer experience through user-friendly web portals and mobile apps. Test it in the cloud without the need for credit cards, desktop applications, or IT support. Learn how the platform’s principles empower you to construct robust data foundations, elevate data governance, and ensure unmatched data accuracy.

Also discover how the 1Spatial Platform can enhance UN migration efforts and improve positional accuracy. Join us for an immersive journey into data excellence, precision, and efficiency.