Welcome to the latest AIMS Newsletter. The following information may be of interest to members.
2018 AIMS CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS
Thank you to all who attended our 2018 Conference in Townsville. The conference venue was the beautiful Ville Resort & Casino overlooking Magnetic Island on 12th to 14th September 2018. Presentations were very well received and the workshops also received great positive feedback from the members.
For those who were unable to attend, and for future reference, we will be adding as many presentations as possible to the Member Library area of the website - restricted to financial members only - along with annual reports and more, so please check that area often.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT CONFERENCE It was announced at the 2018 AGM that the 2019 AIMS Conference will be held in Sydney from the 14th to 16th August 2019.
The conference convenor will be Chris Moy with assistance from Conference Images.
CHANGES TO THE AIMS BOARD
Following the AIMS AGM held in conjunction with the 2018 Conference, several changes have been made to the AIMS Board;
Chris Nixon has now moved to Assistant Treasurer
James Sherritt is now the new Treasurer
Nick Baillieu has resigned as Secretary, and
Mick Harris has been appointed as the new Secretary
All other positions remain unchanged.
The Board would like to thank both Nick and Chris for their dedication and commitment over the years as Secretary and Treasurer respectively, they both did a fantastic job!
Congratulations also to both Mick and James on their new roles with the AIMS Board!
MEET OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS!
Mick is no stranger to the AIMS Board as a past president of AIMS and we can once again benefit from his experience and views as a great advocate for the advancement of our profession.
With over twenty five years of mine and engineering surveying experience in surface and underground coal mining, construction projects and surface and inseam coal seam gas drainage Mick has held management, staff and consulting positions over a broad range of operations. Mick promotes professionalism in mine surveying through mentoring candidates for registration and of course his involvement with the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors.
We asked Mick some very tough and searching questions so members could get to know him a little better...
Following in Chris Nixon's shoes as AIMS Treasurer will not be easy, but James Sherritt is no slouch when it comes to commitment. Recipient of the Clarence Smith Jeffries award for Best Mine Surveying Candidate and the inaugural Surveyor General's award for the best overall Candidate in 2015, James will be a great asset to the AIMS Board as our new treasurer.
James nominates motorbike riding, touch football, camping and 4 wheel driving among his interests, but also admits to an occasional thirst for craft beer.
We thank James for getting involved in the AIMS Board and wish him well in his new role as Treasurer...
It's your last chance to register for the AIMS Singleton event, it's on tomorrow Friday 16th November!
We have received an amazing response with registrations flooding in for this event, nearly 100 members are attending!
The agenda includes a morning session for candidates followed by a full afternoon of interesting and educational presentations. CPD points have been assessed and full details are available from our website.
AIMS invites all Western Australia 1st and 2nd year graduates to apply for the 2019 Mentoring Program.
The program invites recently employed Graduates or Mine Surveyors new to the industry to apply to the mentoring program where they are paired with appropriate mentors, meeting on a monthly basis for six months.
The program cost is $450 which covers the cost of AIMS membership, sun downers and gala dinner for both Graduates and Mentors. An invoice will be issued after acceptance into the program.
The program will aim to provide graduates with a better understanding of the pathway to authorisation, as well as working on personal development goals enhancing their strengths and identifying areas of improvement.
Graduates will have gained a better understanding of best practice in mine surveying and modern technology and will benefit from a broadening of their network of experienced Mine Surveyors they can call on for advice.
We had some great responses from some our Sponsors when we asked them to send us some info so we can profile them and get to know them better. Our sponsors help us in meeting the costs of running our association and allow us to pass on benefits to the membership and we are very grateful for their support.
The 2018 Conference may be over but we are still interested in profiling our sponsors during the lead up to next year's conference in Sydney. If you are a sponsor and haven't yet been profiled please send a request to our webmaster to build awareness amongst our members.
If as a member you haven't yet seen our Meet the Sponsors section of our Conference website, please check it out now and learn more about some of our great sponsors.
While you are there make sure to bookmark the website as this will remain the primary spot to go for information once we start planning for the 2019 AIMS Conference.
Surveying Horizons has announced CompNet v3.1, an upgraded release of one of Australia’s foremost network adjustment software packages, now ready for GDA2020.
With over 500 current licenses throughout the country, CompNet v3.1 is a complete quality control tool that provides the survey adjustment computations necessary to bridge field survey collection data with CAD design and mapping.
A major feature of CompNet v3.1 is the inclusion of GDA2020 projections. The software is now fully equipped to align data to the global reference frame in which all surveyors will soon be operating, bringing it towards closer alignment to global positioning systems such as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It also makes it very easy to convert existing surveys from MGA94 to MGA2020/ATRF.
It is absolutely amazing to see the standard of some of the original images of mining and surveying that are being routinely posted online, either on company websites or social sites such as Linked In or Facebook. Not too long ago decent images relating to mining and/or surveying were really hard to come by!
We really love including clear original images on our own website in order to add interest for our members AND to promote our industry and profession. It is great to see a new generation of students considering mine surveying as a career and high quality interesting images can often spark the imagination of our young site visitors that may be researching their career choices as they finish high school and prepare to enter the workforce.
BUT... WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF GREAT ORIGINAL IMAGES!
We are therefore requesting our members to submit their original images for use on our website. Please only submit your highest quality shots. Anything relating to mining and surveying is suitable. You know the ones... the pictures that you take at work and then realise later that are simply amazing. Pics that illustrate the diversity and varied work that a mine surveying career encompasses in Australia ,and the diversity of the people currently enjoying this career!
Please ensure you have full personal ownership and/or release authority for all pics you submit to allow us to use them on our website without having to employ a copyright lawyer to defend ourselves. By submitting images you will be giving us your explicit authority to use the images as we see fit.
In 2019 Northparkes will employ a Graduate Mine Surveyor as part of our two year Graduate Program. This is a rotational position within the Underground Mining Department where you will be working with internal employees across site.
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has advised AIMS that funding is available to women who work in the resources sector to support their participation in a professional development program.
Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved during #100daysforchange, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s resources sector.
The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.
The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women in the industry; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of 2018.
Expressions of Interest Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 7, 2018: www.wla.edu.au/funding1
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This newsletter has been prepared and sent by the AIMS webmaster on behalf of the above. Any errors and omissions excepted, If clarification is required on any item please contact the AIMS Secretary via email.