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10-12 October 2012
Prof Abbas Rajabifard will be attending the SMART Geospatial Expo 2012. He will deliver the keynote address at the International Conference on Sharing Geospatial Technology, Experience, Knowledge, CoEX, Seoul, South Korea, 10-12 October 2012.

20 September 2012
Dr Mohsen Kalantari will present on ‘Land and Property Management in 3D’ run by SSSI, ISV and SRBV – Land Surveying Seminar, ParkLake Hotel, Shepparton, 20 September 2012.

12 September 2012
Dr Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki, a visiting academic from Inha University, Republic of Korea, will give a presentation as a general departmental seminar about "Ubiquitous based infrastructure engineering projects in South Korea" at Lecture Theatre C1, Department of Infrastructure Engineering at 4:15pm., 12 September 2012.

The fast growing ubiquitous infrastructure technologies are capable of improving current urban management and infrastructure planning and development potentials. These technological advancement urban infrastructure developments have recently invented a new paradigm of intelligent infrastructure provision in South Korea. This new paradigm, so called ubiquitous infrastructure, is a combination of urban infrastructures, information and communication technologies and digital networks. Ubiquitous infrastructure refers to an urban infrastructure system where anyone can access any services regardless of time and location via any devices. This presentation introduces these new schemes via ubiquitous based infrastructure engineering projects in South Korea and discusses the constructive effects of these projects on Korean cities to achieve sustainable urban development.

10 September 2012
We welcome Prof Adam Iwaniak, an academic visitor to the Centre, from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Poland, 10 September 2012.

10 September 2012
We welcome Hon. Senior Reseach Fellow, Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, from SKM who will work with CSDILA these next two years., 10 September 2012.

10 September 2012
The Centre welcomes Alireza, a new PhD student now with us, 10 September 2012.

3 September 2012
Dr. Arzu Çöltekin, senior researcher and lecturer of Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland, visited the Centre, 3 September 2012.

30 August 2012
Professor Thomas H. Kolbe, Director of the Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, visited the Centre and gave an informative presentation to the research team, 30 August 2012.

28 August 2012
The Geomatics team representing the Melbourne university won the ISPRS 2012 soccer tournament.
There were 6 teams participating from different countries in this competition. The Geomatics team including Mohsen Kalantari(staff), Ali Aien and Sam Amirebrahimi(PhD students), Majid Kiavarz and Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki(visitors) defeated teams from Germany, France and the RMIT university and won the first ever ISPRS soccer competition. The competition was held in Albert Park on the afternoon of 28 August as part of the ISPRS congress social events. , 28 August 2012.
To see more photos visit the Centre's photo gallery webpage.

ISPRS 2012 soccer tournament
28 August 2012
Dr. Mohsen Kalantari wins Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program Fellowship.
This is an annual exchange scheme for young researchers between Australia and China. Dr Mohsen Kalantari from the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, Department of Infrastructure Engineering will visit Chinese Universities and research institutes to facilitate long term collaboration. This program is a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The program supports exchange between the two countries from all universities/research institutions. The program facilitates future long term science and research collaboration between Australia and China by bringing together future research leaders from both countries in order to foster long term relationships. It also develops early and mid-career Australian and Chinese researchers by increasing their understanding of the cultures, and particularly the science and research practices and systems, of the two countries and developing their leadership skills as future “science ambassadors” for Australia and China. , 28 August 2012.

27 August 2012
A/Professor Nakagawa Masafum,from Geoinformatics Lab, Shibaura Institute of Technology section, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering , Tokyo, Japan, visited the center, 27 August 2012.

27 August 2012
Due to the ISPRS Congress held in Melbourne, the Centre received visits by delegates from: US, Candada, India, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Malaysia, Iran and Germany, 27 August 2012.

25 August - 1 September 2012
The Centre represented at the XXII Congress of the ISPRS at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Sam Amirebrahimi and Ali Aien presented their papers. Professor Rajabifard also chaired a session on Sunday 26 September, 11.00 - 12.30am., 25 August - 1 September 2012.

20-21 August 2012
Mr. Sam Amirebrahimi attended the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Summit which was held in Sydney, Australia. This summit is an annual event which different aspects of BIM at international and Australian context is presented. For more information please visit the summit's website., 20-21 August 2012.

20 August 2012
Professor Ayman Habib, Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada, visited the Centre and gave an informative presentation to the research team, 20 August 2012.

20 August 2012
We are delighted to welcome Ms Felicity Clissold to our Centre as the new Communications Manager. 20 August 2012.

16 July 2012
The Centre for SDIs and Land Administration did conduct a workshop on Land Research mainly on part of its NIMLI ARC project. The 3D Land and Property project was also presented at this workshop to update the industry partners and also to showcase the relevance between the two projects., 16 July 2012.

4 June 2012
We are delighted to welcome Dr Daniel Paez, a transport planner, from Colombia to the Centre as a visiting scholar, 4 June 2012.

2 June 2012
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki to the Centre as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Abolghasem was awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government. He is a full-time lecturer of GIS & IT and faculty member in the Dept. of Geo-Informatic Eng. at INHA University, South Korea, 2 June 2012.

29-31 May 2012
Mr. Sam Amirebrahimi visited Brisbane to attend the "airports of the future" conference in Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC). The aim of this conference was to showcase the progress of the research and recent activities within the government funded "airports of the future" project from 2011.

24 May 2012
Mr. Patrick Meehan, Director of Land Surveying for East Coast operations, from VEKTA, visited the centre and discussed about the project of Land and Property Management in 3D , 24 May 2012.

17 May 2012
Head of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Professor Abbas Rajabifard has been awarded the GSDI Medal at the 2012 Global Spatial Conference in Quebec, Canada.
Professor Rajabifard was presented with this prestigious medal in honour of his service to the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. Professor Rajabifard has been serving as President of this organisation since 2009.
The Global Spatial Conference was attended by over 680 professionals and government delegates from 56 countries, the UN and other international agencies and industries.
The Melbourne School of Engineering congratulates Professor Rajabifard on this significant honour in recognition of his excellent work.

3D Cadastre Workshop    3D Cadastre Workshop
14-17 May 2012
Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, Ms. Katie Potts, and Ms. Serene Ho attended and presented at the GSDI 13 World Conference in Québec, Canada, 14-17 May 2012.

6-10 May 2012
Dr. Mohsen Kalantari and Ms. Nilo Tambuwala attended and presented at FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy, 6-10 May 2012.

21-22 April 2012
Led by Dr Mohsen Kalantari, a team from the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration (CSDILA) participated in the 2012 International Space Apps Challenge organised by NASA. The team included Amir Nasr (Research Associate, IE), and postgraduate students Davood Shojaei (PhD, IE) and Moein Ghodrati (Masters student, CSSE). The CSDILA team developed a real-time hazard map application, "Watch-Out", that is powered by social media observations to help provide useful risk information in crisis situations. This application was developed in less than 48 hours during the event. The application was chosen from the Melbourne leg of the Challenge to be put forward for international judging. This year, NASA simultaneously hosted the challenge in 25 cities in 17 countries on all seven continents as well as online. Watch-Out will be featured by NASA for the global judging process in Melbourne, Australia, 21-22 April 2012.

19-20 April 2012
Dr. Mohsen Kalantari and Mr. Brian Marwick attended and presented at the SSSI National Land Surveying Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 19-20 April 2012.

18 April 2012
Mr. Jim Curnow and Mr. Michael Burdett, Manager Directors of Alexander Symonds, visited the centre and discussed about the project of Land and Property Management in 3D , 18 April 2012.

3 April 2012
We are delighted to welcome Professor Stéphane Roche to the Centre as a visiting scholar. Stéphane is a full professor of Geographical Information Sciences in the Department of Geomatics Sciences at the Université Laval in Québec, Canada. He was the chair of the Department from June 2007 to May 2011. He was also involved in the Center for Research in Geomatics (CRG), first as Assistant Director and then as Interim Director from 2004 through 2006., 15 March 2012.

3 April 2012
We are delighted to welcome Mr. Eric Mwaikambo, a PhD candidate from Ardhi University in Tanzania, to the Centre as a visiting scholar for three months from April - June, 2012.

2 April 2012
We are delighted to welcome Mr. Majid Kiavarz, a PhD candidate from Tehran University in Iran, to the Centre as a visiting scholar, 2 April 2012.

15 March 2012
Mr. Jim Curnow, Manager Director of Alexander Symonds, visited the centre and discussed about the Land and Property Management in 3D project, 15 March 2012.

8 March 2012
Dr. Richard Simpson from nextspace, New Zealand, and Mr. Sudarshan Ramachandran from VPAC visited the centre and gave a presentation about 3D visualisation, 8 March 2012.

8-10 February 2012
Mr. Muyiwa Agunbiade attended and presented at the 6th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference held in The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 8-10 February, 2012.

2 February 2012
Mr. Kevin Tasker (Infrastructure Solution Sales, Bentley Systems, Australia), Mr. John Taylor (Industry Solutions Director, Bentley Systems, Australia), and Mr. Dionnald Beh Boonheng (Geospatial Senior Application Engineer, Bentley Systems, Malaysia, "via Skype") visited the centre and discussed about the Land and Property Management in 3D project, 2 February 2012.

January 2012
We are delighted to welcome Ms Rose Macey to our Centre as the new Executive Assistant to the Head of Department and Director of the Centre, Professor Abbas Rajabifard, January, 2012.

12-15 December 2011
Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Head of the IE Department and Director of the CSDILA, attended the Eye On Earth summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12-15 December, 2011.

23-25 November 2011
Ms Nilofer Tambuwala, Ms Katie Potts, and Mr Sam Amirebrahimi attended and presented at the "SSSC 2011" conference in Wellington, New Zealand, 23-25 November, 2011.

16-18 November 2011
Dr. Ida Jazayeri and Mr. Ali Aien attended "2nd International Workshop on 3D Cadastres" and presented the paper "Advanced Principles of 3D Cadastral Data Modelling", 16-18 November, 2011 in Delft, the Netherlands.
3D Cadastre Workshop
1 November 2011
Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CSDILA, and President of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association, had an interview with FutureGov Asia Pacific Magazine about indirect effects of social networking sites such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter on the SDI. To read the full interview, please click here.

24-26 October 2011
Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CSDILA, attended the First High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 24-26 October, 2011.

October 2011
Abbas Rajabifard, Director of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, has been promoted to full Professor at the University of Melbourne.

We are proud to announce that Abbas Rajabifard, Director of the Centre for SDIs & Land Administration, was promoted to full Professor in the recent round of the Melbourne University promotions.
As well as the great work that Abbas is doing in the Center he is highly regarded for the work that he does within the International Organisations (GSDI, UN PCGIAP) more generally on spatial enablement, sustainable city development using SDI and land administration.
We are very proud of his high faculty achievements in all areas of teaching, research, and service, and we thank him for representing our Centre so well.

5-7 October 2011
The 4th UN sponsored Land Administration Forum for the Asia Pacific Region "Beyond Spatial Enablement" along with the 10 year Anniversary Celebration of CSDILA was a major success as it witnessed reputable international personalities attending the seminar and sharing their expertise and contributing to a great extent to the outcomes of the event. The event was concluded with the 10 year anniversary celebrations of the center. For details, presentations, and photos of the event please click here.

5 October 2011
Arc-Linkage project "Land and Property Management in 3D" was successfully launched on the 5th of october, 2011, The University of Melbourne. For more information, please click here.

5-7 October 2011
4th UN sponsored Land Administration Forum for the Asia and Pacific Region – "Beyond Spatial Enablement" along with the 10 years celebration of CSDILA from the 5th-7th October 2011, The University of Melbourne. For more information, please click here.

27-28 September 2011

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director, Center for SDIs and Land Administration, has attended the Eye On Earth summit as a member of framework committee in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27-28 September, 2011.

15 September 2011
The article titled “A synchronisation approach to automate spatial metadata updating process” which was published by Hamed Olfat, Abbas Rajabifard and Mohsen Kalantari in Coordinates Magazine (Volume VI, Issue 3, March 2010) has been listed as one of the “Most Viewed” articles in the Coordinates Magazine Website ( with more than 4,800 views. This article has been an output of the “Spatial Metadata Automation” ARC-Linkage Project.

14 September 2011
Mr. Sam Amirebrahimi, PhD student in the Center for SDI and LA, was awarded SSSI Postgraduate Student Winner 2011 at the Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (VSEA) gala dinner, Melbourne, Australia.

3D Cadastre Workshop    3D Cadastre Workshop
7 September 2011
The Honourable Mathew Guy, Minister of Planning visited the Centre for SDIs and Land Administartion, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 7 September 2011.

Minister of Planning
14 September 2011
A research team from the Centre for SDIs & LA attended and presented at "SSSi Victorian Spatial Summit 2011", 14 September, 2011, Melbourne, Australia.

29 August 2011
Mr. Mohammad Reza Namazi Rad from SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, visited the Centre, 29 August 2011.

19 August 2011
Ms. Liz Marchant, Executive Director in the ANZLIC National Office, and A/professor Kevin McDougall, Associate Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, The University of Southern Queensland, visited the Centre.

18 August 2011
Prof. Dr. Milan Konecny from Masaryk University (Czech Repoblic), past-president of ICA & vice-president of International Society for Digital Earth, and also Dr. Temenoujka Bandrova from University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Sofia, Bulgaria) visited the Centre.
4-8 July 2011

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director, Center for SDIs and Land Administration, has attended the 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Paris, France, with the theme “Enlightened view on Cartography and GIS”.  This conference was participated by over 1400 from 87 countries. As part of the conference, Abbas as President of GSDI Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prof Bill Cartwright, the President of International Cartographic Association (ICA). The purpose of this MoU is for better Collaboration and future activities and to provide a framework for a continuing liaison between the two GSDI and ICA Associations.
During the conference and on Monday July 4th, there was also an official Annual meeting of the Joint Board of International Geospatial Societies (JB-GIS) in which Abbas has also attended as a member of this Board.
In addition to this, on the 5th July, Abbas has attended the Arctic SDI International Advisory Meeting. Recently Abbas has been invited to be an International member of the Arctic SDI which is an initiative in Arctic region with 8 countries (Canada; Denmark-Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Russian Federation; Sweden; and United States of America).  The aim of Arctic SDI is to jointly develop an SDI platform to enable pan-Arctic science and societal decisions.

22-24 June 2011

Director, Center for SDIs and Land Administration, Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard and Professor Ian Williamson have been attended the 11th South East Asian Survey Congress (11th SEASC 2011) and the 13th International Surveyors’ Congress (13th ISC 2011), which was held from 22 to 24 June 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the theme “INNOVATION TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY”.
This combined event was organised in conjunction with and as part of the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia’s (ISM) 50th year celebrations. Ian and Abbas have been invited as two keynote speakers to attend and deliver two talks each during this congress. 
The Congress highlighted initiatives aimed at encouraging the convergence, sharing and use of innovative technologies and knowledge as well as other initiatives to forge new collaborations and identify potential avenues for research, development and innovation across all related disciplines for the benefit of the profession and the community towards sustainable development. The congress was attended by over 800 participants.

21 June 2011

As part of the trip to Malaysia to attend the 11th South East Asian Survey Congress 2011 in KL, A/Prof Abbas Rajabifard has also visited the Malaysian Centre for geospatial data infrastructure (MaCGDI). This Centre established by the government to manage and promote the development of geospatial data infrastructure for Malaysia (MyGDI). MaCGDI also responsible for coordinating access and delivery of the geographic information held by all government agencies.
Established in December 2002 to replace the NaLIS Secretariat under the Minstry of Land and Cooperative Development (MLCD). On the 27th March 2004, MaCGDI was subsumed under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE).
The mission of MaCGDI is to build networks of people and technology to facilitate, coordinate and manage geospatial data infrastructure through the development of policies, standards, data, ICT Technology, R&D and skilled human resources by providing customer-focused, cost effective and timely delivery of geospatial data.
MaCGDI is organised with thirteen (13) sections and is set out to carry the following objectives:
To help in land information sharing and exchange between agencies by using the latest on-line information technology hence the latest and correct information can be conveyed quickly and reliably. To avoid wastage due to uncoordinated  efforts in collecting, processing, maintaining, preparing and distributing land information that is need for the land planning, land usage monitoring and environment supervision.

November 2011
A Summer school "Advanced Spatial data Infrastructure (SDI)" took place in Leuven, Belgium in November 2011. This summer school has been organised by the University of Melbourne (Australia), SPATIALIST (a SDI-research consortium existing of the universities K.U. Leuven and V.U. Brussels, Belgium) and supported by the Global Spatial Data Infrastrucure (GSDI) Association. For more information, please click here.

31 May 2011
The paper "Cadastral Futures: Building a New Vision for the Nature and Role of Cadastres" by Rohan Bennett, Abbas Rajabifard, Mohsen Kalantari, Jude Wallace, and Ian Williamson has been selected as the article of the month in June 2011 by FIG , 31 May 2011.

30 May 2011
The Centre for SDIs and Land Administration successfully gained a new LP grant from Australian Research Council (ARC) for Land and property information in 3D.
Congratulations to all and the project's partners and collaborating Organisation(s):
VEKTA PTY LTD, ALEXANDER & SYMONDS , Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.,
FENDER KATSALIDIS ARCHITECTS, Intergovernmental Committee On Surveying & Mapping, Land and
Property Management Authority NSW, Owners Corporation Victoria, PSMA Australia Ltd.

18-22 May 2011
Professor Ian Williamson and Mr. Muyiwa Agunbiade attended and presented at FIG Working Week 2011 "Bridging the Gaps between Cultures" in Marrakech, Morocco, 18-22 May 2011.

7-9 April 2011
Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard visited to University of Maine-GSDI Strategic Planning meeting, 7-9 April, 2011.
4-6 April 2011
Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard attended at United Nations Third Preparatory Meeting on Global Geospatial Information Management, 4-6 April, 2011.
1 April 2011
Centre's Advisory meeting held at the University of Melbourne, 1 April 2011.
29 March 2011
Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard has been awarded for "the most cited article 2005 to 2010" by ELSEVIER- Computer & Geosciences Journal (ISI Journal), 29 March 2011.
21-24 March 2011
A visiting group (Land Administration and Development undergraduate and postgraduate students) from UNIVERSITI TECHNOLOGI MALAYSIA (UTM) visited CSDILA and the University of Melbourne, 21-24 March 2011, Melbourne, Australia. UTM Land Administration and Development visiting itinerary can be find here.
14-16 March 2011
Ms. Jude Wallace attended and presented at Expert Group Meeting on "Pro-Poor Land Recordation System" , 14-16 March, 2011 in Paris, France.
21-23 February 2011
Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard and Ms. Katie Potts attended at "2011 APCO Australia" and presented about "Regarding Spatially-Enabled Society and Public Safety", 21-23 February, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
23-24 February 2011
Ms. Jude Wallace and Dr.Rohan Bennett will represent NIMLI at the upcoming ANZLIC RRRs workshop to be held in Sydney (23rd and 24th of February). The team will give an overview on contemporary approaches for managing RRRs. The workshop will build on earlier ANZLIC work to develop a new plan for holistic organization of RRRs information across Australia. A tentative plan is to combine some of the NIMLI and RRRs work. This will be discussed further at the workshop.

15 January 2011
Senior members of the Centre will run a workshop to present state-of-the art methodologies and techniques in the area of SDIs to the Murray Darling Basin Authority. The aim of the workshop is to improve MDBA’s knowledge of SDI and assist the authority in developing an SDI vision.

24-25 January 2011
Professor David J. Cowen, from Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, visited the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration on 24th and 25 th of January, 2011. He met with staff and students. Additionaly, he delivered a MERIT visiting scholars lecture on January 24th at 4.00 pm. in Eng. Block C, Theatre C2. The lecture is titled "The Geospatial Revolution". David's itinerary can be find here.
18 November 2010
Professor Zorica Nedovic'-Budic', Chair of Spatial Planning and Head of School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College, Dublin, visited the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration. She met with the students to discuss their research projects.

10 November 2010
Visit by Malaysian Delegation

A delegation from land administration of Malaysia visited the Centre for SDIs and LA on Wednesday 10 November to discuss land administration researches and activities.

26-29 October 2010
Ms Jude Wallace and Mr Brian Marwick attended and presented at "37th Australian Conference of Registrars of Title" from 26-29 October, 2010 in Perth, WA, Australia, presentation.
19-22 October 2010
A research team from the Centre for SDIs & LA comprising "Prof Ian Williamson, Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard, Mr Brian Marwick, Dr Rohan Bennett, Dr Mohsen Kalantari, Mr Heri Sutanta, and Mr Hamed Olfat" attended and presented at "GSDI 12 World Conference" from 19-22 October, 2010 in Singapore.

5-7 October 2010
Ms Jude Wallace attended and presented at "spatial@gov Conference" from 5-7 October, 2010 in National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia, presentation.

17-20 September 2010
Professor Ian P. Williamson attended at 50th Anniversary Jubilee, Faculty of Geodesy and Land Management, University of Warmia and Mazury (where awarded Professor Williamson an honorary doctorate in 1998) for research discussions, from 17-20 September, 2010 in Olsztyn, Poland.
12-15 September 2010
Professor Ian P. Williamson visited the Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) for discussions and research collaboration with Dr. Daniel Steudler from 12-15 September, Switzerland.
6-10 September 2010
Professor Ian P. Williamson attended at FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting and Symposium on "The Digital Cadastre Map" from 6-10 September, 2010 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
1-3 September 2010
Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard attended and presented at "SMART KOREA/NSDI 2010 Conference" from 1-3 September, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

24-25 Aug 2010
Dr. Rohan Bennett, Dr. Mohsen Kalantari and Mr. Brian Marwick attended PSMA Australia's August Jurisdictional Workshop in Canberra, Read more.

17 June 2010
Mr. Bill Hirst Surveyor-General of the ACT, Australia visited the Centre.
16 June 2010
Executive Director ANZLIC Ms Liz Marchant visited the Centre.
3 June 2010
President of FIG Prof. Stig Enemark appreciated contribution of Associate Prof. Abbas Rajabifard to FIG 2010, his keynote address and MoU signed between FIG and GSDI through a formal letter of thanks.
19 May 2010

NIMLI-PSMA Workshop conducted to aimed at refining the NIMLI design elements and the potential future role(s) PSMA Australia will play in the delivery of national land information data and services

May, 2010

Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard keynote presentation on " Spatially Enabled Government and Society - the Global Perspective" during XXIV FIG Congress 2010 is selected as FIG article of the month in May 2010

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, attended and presented in Second Preparatory Meeting of the Proposed United Nations Committee on Global Geographic Information Management, 10 - 11 May 2010, UNHQ, New York.

April, 2010

Dr. Daniel Steudler (Swiss Federal Directorate for Cadastral Surveying , Switzerland) visited the Centre. He gave presentation on "Cadastral activities in Europe- Swiss experience" on Thursday 29th April 2010.

20 April, 2010 Prof.Bas kok visit

Prof.Bas kok visits the centre from 20-27 April, 2010
Dutch Cadastre, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

April, 2010

XXIV FIG International Congress 2010

The group of researches from centre attend FIG conference 2010 and present on metadata, spatial enablement, disaster management and land administration.

Abbas Rajabifard gave plenary talk about Spatially Enabled Society on Tuesday morning.

14 April , 2010 Visit from Malaysia University

The team from Malaysia university visited the Centre.
19 Mar, 2010
The meeting of the Advisory Committee held on 19 March, 2010.
18 FEB, 2010
ARC Linkage Project “National Infrastructure for Managing Land Information (NIMLI)” officially launched on 18 Feb, 2010.
For more up to date news, read the NIMLI Blog
10 FEB, 2010

Presentation by Dr. Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki : An Ontology- Driven Personalized Navigation System

3 FEB , 2010
Seminar:PhD completion presentation by Sheelan Vaez: Building a Seamless SDI for Land and Marine Environments,
Harold White Theatre, Arts Centre .
FEB , 2010

Prof Joep Crompvoets appointed as Honorary  Research Fellow for Centre.

JAN , 2010
We're delighted to Welcome Dr.Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki (INHA University, Korea) to the Centre as a visiting scholar.
DEC , 2009
New book on Land administration for Sustainable Development by Ian Williamson, Stig Enemark, Jude Wallace and Abbas Rajabifard was published in collaboration with ESRI.More information available on ESRI website, Blog for Land Book
14 DEC, 2009
Staff & students from Department of Geomatics and Centre for SDI & LA joined for end of year lunch at university house. Click here to view photos
7 DEC, 2009
Mr.Brian Marwick gave presentation at the SSSI Seminar on 3D Cadastre about implementation of proposed 3D Cadastre research program.
3 DEC, 2009
Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, talked at the VSC Forum “Defining the vision for a Spatially Enabled Victoria”about Thursday 3 December 2009. Details are in the attached flyer.
2 DEC , 2009
Professor Ian Williamson is appointed as Honorary Fellow by Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI), we all congratulate him on this achievement.
27 NOV , 2009
Professor William Cartwright (ICA-President ,Professor at RMIT University) visited the centre on 27th Nov 2009.
26 NOV , 2009

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard and Professor Ian Williamson received embossed glass plaques from Professor Paul Cheung, Director of the United Nations Statistics division, for their outstanding contributions over many years to the UNRCC-AP and the UN-sponsored Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and Pacific
(PCGIAP) during the opening Plenary Session, of 18th United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and Pacific (UNRCC-AP) held in Bangkok, Thailand on 26-29 October 2009.

23 NOV , 2009
Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard gave his presentation in Spatial Summit ’09 ,Sydney, NWS
16-17 NOV, 2009
Dr Rohan Bennett has been offered an 'Early Career Symposium Fellowship' to attend the 32nd ATSE National Symposium, 'Future-Proofing Australia - Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change'. The Symposium will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Grand Central, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 November, 2009.
26 OCT, 2009
Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard was invited to attend UN-preparatory meeting of proposed UN committee on Global information management, and JBGIS meeting Bangkok, Thailand.
26-30 OCT, 2009
18th UNRCC-AP meeting, United Nations Headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Professor Ian Williamson and Mr.Peter Holland presented their keynote presentations.Click here to view photos
19 OCT, 2009
Dean, Staff of Melbourne School of Engineering, Managers, Academic staff and students joined for morning tea to celebrate the opening of new area for centre.Click here to view photos
4-17 OCT , 2009
Associate Prof Joep Crompvoets
from the Public Management Institute of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and lecturer at the Centre for Geo-Information of Wageningen University (The Netherlands) visited the Centre regarding research collaboration.
23 Sep ,09

Welcome to Ali Aien (new Phd student).

22 Sep, 2009
Mr.Brian Marwick wins Victorian Spatial Scientist of the Year.
Mr.Marwick will soon join CSDILA to work on an ARC Project relating to Australia's national Land Administration infrastructure. He has over 35 years experience in Australia's land and spatial information industries and is widely respected across the sector. Congratulations to Mr.Brian on being awarded Victoria's Spatial Scientist of the Year.
27 Aug, 2009
Mr.Mark Reichardt (President and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.,USA) visited the Centre.
8 Aug, 2009
Congratulations to Dr Hossein Mohammadi who received his PhD degree at University of Melbourne graduation ceremony. Click here to view photos
8 Aug, 2009
The spatial metadata research team had a one day visit from the Future Farming Systems Research team (Dr. Chris Pettit, Mr. Steve Williams, Mr. Don Cherry and Mr. David Hunter) at the Department of Primary Industries in Bending. During the visit, both research teams discussed and shared their current activities, technical development, metadata tools and projects. Opportunities for further collaboration were also explored. The research team also visited Mr. Ron Prestidge Executive Director of Future Farming Systems.
13-17 July, 2009
Centre Conducted Intensive course on "Modern Cadastre and Land Administration " in melbourne.
The Centre for SDIs and Land Administration,Department of Geomatics, The University of Melbourne has designed and conducted an intensive course on land administration- Modern Cadastre and Land Administration, from 13-17 July 2009 in Melbourne for participants from Indonesian government agencies and leading universities. The course discussed the development of modern land administration systems and the need for an effective and efficient cadastre. This included a review of a variety of concepts, theories and technologies for developing and maintaining these systems, and analysis of a range of approaches to land administration in developed and developing countries. The concept of land administration and people to land relationship, the land management paradigm, cadastral concept and principles and cadastre as a key layer of a spatially enabled society and e-government strategy, land and legal policy principles, the land administration toolbox, the development of land markets, the e-land administration, marine cadastre and marine SDI, and rights, restrictions and responsibilities related to land were studied. The course focused on solving problems and case studies to increase land management capacity of the Gadjah Mada University, Bandung Institute of Technology, and the National Land Agency of The Republic of Indonesia.

30 June, 2009
Mr. Masanori Muto (Mitstibushi Research Institute inc, Space and intelligence Gro) had meeting with Associate Prof. Abbas Rajabifard for the discussion about Marine SDI and Marine Cadastre regarding integrating Marine information system.

19 June, 2009

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard started his presidency of GSDI Association.Read more

15-19 June, 2009
GSDI 11 World Conference
"Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence – Building SDI Bridges to address Global Challenges"

Team members form centre had presented papers at GSDI 11 World Conference 15-19 June, 2009 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
23 May 2009
Land Market Management Seminar-Tehran,Iran (Pre-Seminar)
24-26 May 2009
3rd PCGIAP UN sponsored Land Administration Forum (Re-Engineering the Cadastre To Support E-Government),Tehran,Iran
30th April, 2009
Centre had a Seminar on Lower Hume PCPs Spatial Data Initiative: a Regional GIS/SDI Project and a Global Perspective on Health and GIS at The Department of Human Services (DHS), 50 Lonsdale Street-Melbourne at 10:00 am, 30th of April, 2009

26-28 April, 2009

Professor Ian P. Williamson gave a keynote presentation on "Spatially enabling society - the role of land administration" at Map Middle East 26-28 April, 2009 in Abu Dhabi.

2nd-20 April, 2009
Mr.Nasrollah Jahangard  (Member of Iran Telecommunication Research Center (ITRC) and Especial Advisor in ICT affairs, Iran's Juridical Power and Deeds and Land, Registration Organization, Tehran, Iran )visited the Centre.

18 March, 2009
The meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 18 March, 2009.

17 March, 2009, 4 pm
Prof. Harlan Onsrud (Executive Director of GSDI) made tewkesberry presentation.Topic Vision for ubiquitous Spatial Computing: A Privacy Protection perspective" Read more..
:Brown Theatre, Level 1, Bldg 193, Elec Eng.
3rd-23rd March, 2009
Prof. David J. Coleman (Dean of Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada) visited the Centre.
28 Feb -1 March, 2009

Asscoiate Prof. Abbas Rajabifard attend National forum on Cadastre and Land Administration for E-government,Tehran.

1 Feb -21 March, 2009
Prof. Harlan Onsrud (Executive Director of GSDI)is visited the centre under the grand of Fulbright the senior specialist program and tewsboy program to work with Centre joint research interest and also discuss about GIS .He will make public presentation. more information will be available soon.
9 Feb, 2009
ARC-meta data project officially launched on 9 Feb 2009 with all industrial partner and research team. It is close collaboration between goverment sector, private sector and university.
30 Jan-9 Feb,2009
Prof.BAS kok (president of GSDI) visited the centre

to discuss about the GSDI association.
Jan, 2009
A new book on “A Multi view Framework to Assess Spatial Data Infrastructures” edited by Joep Crompvoets, Abbas Rajabifard, Bastiaan van Loene and Tatiana Delgado Fernández is published jointly by Space for Geo-Information (RGI), Wageningen University and Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, Department of Geomatics, The University of Melbourne. Read more
11-16 Dec, 2008
Asscoiate Prof. Abbas Rajabifard visit to washington to participate in GSDI executive board meeting and planning of GSDI-11 conference
Nov, 2008 Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard visit to Tehran:
2 Nov Seminar on Spatialy Enabled Goverment and role of SDI ,
University of Melbourne information session-Shahid Behesti University-Tehran
5 Nov University of Melbourne information session-Harekat Hall, Tehran
6 Nov

Seminar on Importance of information & Spatialy Enabled Society scenario for future,
University of Melbourne information session,Yzad University,Tehran

Professor Ian P. Williamson visit to Canada & Hong Kong, details are as below:
25-27.09.08 Centre for Property Studies, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Canadian Council of Land Titles Officials, Quebec - Canada


Centre for Geomatics Research,University of Laval, Quebec - Canada


Cadastral Seminar, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, Hong Kong

19-20.08.08 International Seminar on Land Administration Trends and Issues in the Asia and Pacific Region (19-20 August 2008 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
1.08.08 SDI Goveranance workshop.
As part of a research project being conducted by the Centre, aimed at developing a model of SDI governance, a workshop is being organized to explore the governance of the Victorian Spatial Information Strategy (VSIS). The aim of the workshop is explore from the perspectives of the VSIS stakeholders, the scope, activities, mechanisms, and current and future challenges of VSIS governance. The VSIS is one of a number of Australian SDI initiatives that have been selected as case studies for analysis as part of the research. In addition to the research-oriented outcomes of the workshop, participants will benefit from a clearer understanding of the perceptions and realities of SDI governance, together with key issues and gaps for further consideration. To explore the SDI goveranance as a part of current research activity.For more information contact Mr.Paul box
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19.11.07 19.11.07 Melbourne Uni Indonesian SDI Training Course
25.10.07 25.10.07 Ian Williamson's farewell seminar
25.10.07 launched
25.10.07 07.11.07 New Book Launched - Towards a Spatially Enabled Society
17.07.07   Proceedings: Good land administration and its role in economic development (Mongolia)Ian Williamson attended
17.07.07   Proceedings: Land Administration for poverty reduction and economic groth (Namibia)
22.02.07   Ass. Prof. Abbas Rajabifard appointed Director of Centre
13.12.06   Centre's 2002-2006 research report released
13.12.06   UNRCC-AP and PCGIAP workshop results
28.07.06   Lisa Strain's Masters Thesis - Success!
03.06.06 03.06.06 Danial Paez Submits PhD Thesis for Review .
03.06.06 03.06.06 Lillian Chueng retires from the Department of Geomatics. Colleen Bermingham begins.
13.06.06   Integrating built and natural enviroment data
13.06.06   Western Australia's Landgate Launch Movie
10.01.06   Kate Dalrymple PhD Thesis Success!
14.12.05   BAKOSURTANAL delegates visit- presentation
21.11.05   Professor Gerrit Plenaar visits the Centre
21.11.05   Daniel Paez PhD Thesis - Success!
03.11.05   Prof. Bas Kok visits and gives lecture
10.10.05   Mathew Warnest's PhD Thesis - Success!
19.09.05   Next Generation LAS Nov Workshop
17.08.05   "Torrens 21" website launched
21.07.05   Christine Najar Presentation
06.06.05 17.06.05 Prof. Harlan Onsrud visits Centre
08.06.05 08.06.05 Prof. Harlan Onsrud's Lecture
16.06.05   Rohan Bennett PhD Confirmation
17.05.05 21.05.05 Abbas Rajabifard attending the 11th Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) meeting, 17-21 May 2005, Bali, Indonesia
16.04.05 21.04.05 Ian Williamson, Abbas Rajabifard, Kevin McDougall, Floris De Bree and Mathew Warnest will attend FIG Working Week and GSDI 8 in Cairo, Egypt, 2005
29.04.05   Michael Elfick's Seminar
24.03.05   Prof. Ian Masser's Tewksbury Public Lecture
14.02.05   New Site -
03.02.05   ARC Grant Success!
15.03.05 16.03.05 Mohsen Kalantari attended SEEGRID II Conference in Canberra  
01.03.05 01.03.05 Land Administration 2005 Subject Website
18.02.05 25.03.05 Prof. Ian Masser is currently visiting the Department and Centre. Lecture
04.02.05 04.02.05 Mathew Warnest - submitted Phd Thesis for inital marking
10.01.05 10.01.05 Lillian Cheung returned from leave  
20.12.04 20.01.05 Abbas Rajabifard was on annual leave - Tehran, Iran (now returned)
13.12.04 14.12.04 Rohan Bennett attended Inaugural ARCRNSISS (Spatially Integrated Social Science) Conference in Brisbane  
06.12..04 09.12.04 Andrew Binns and Abbas Rajabifard attended Queensland Spatial Information Infrastructure Strategy (QSIIS) and presented their work on CRC Project 3.1  



Kate Dalyrmple visited the Land Tenure Institution (UNFAO), the International Land Coalition (IFAD), in Rome, and then had a week at the World Bank, Land Policy Group, Washington DC.




Kate Dalyrmple and Jude Wallace will attend the FIG / UN Habitat Expert Group Meeting on secure land tenure: 'new legal frameworks and tools', at UN Gigiri in Nairobi, Kenya.




Jude Wallace conducted research in Europe. Presented at a conference in Bamburg Germany, 9th December

16.11.04 16.11.04 Rohan Bennett and Kevin McDougall attended the National Summit on Land & Property Rights and Restrictions in Brisbane.  



The SDI/LAS Centre's end of year seminars will take place mid/late October @ DSE (570 Bourke Street, Marland House). More information here



Kate Dalrymple presented at the 4th Trans Tasman Surveyors Conference, Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland. "Land Policy and Tenure in Southeast Asia, 1995-2005" by Kate Dalrymple, Jude Wallace and Ian Williamson (paper available soon).




Jude Wallace, Andrew Binns and Abbas Rajabifard made field trips to Western Australia and New South Wales for the CRC and IAP projects

04.10.04 07.10.04

Kate Dalrymple will had her paper presented at the 3rd FIG Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific - Surveying the Future - Contributions to Economic, Environmental and Social Development, Jakarta, Indonesia. "Innovations in Rural Land Policy and Tenure in Southeast Asia" by Kate Dalrymple, Jude Wallace and Ian Williamson (paper available soon).

Ian Williamson also be gave a keynote address at the 4th Trans Tasman Surveyors Conference, Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland, NZ, "Thinking outside the triangle - taking advantage of modern land markets"

15.09.04 15.09.04 FIG Scholarship awared to Daniel Paez  


07.09.04 Ian Williamson attended PCGIAP, Executive Board Meeting in China



Abbas Rajabifard and Lisa Strain participated and presented at the Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference (CZAP 2004) in Brisbane




Ian Williamson on Special Studies Program




Daniel Paez was on Field trip to the USA and Colombia



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