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30 July 2018
Curtin research finds combining satellites benefits WA industries
Curtin University researchers found the recent launch of new Japanese satellites has boosted satellite positioning capabilities in Western Australia, offering huge potential benefits across numerous industries including mining, surveying and navigation.
12 December 2017
University restructuring and Spatial Sciences
The final planning stages of the Curtin-wide faculty restructuring processes are currently taking place in readiness for January 2018.
12 December 2017
Promotion for five academic staff members
Each year, Curtin University academic staff are recognised and rewarded for their “sustained overall high performance in teaching and research” in the form of promotion.
12 December 2017
Mike Ridout wins Curtin’s ‘Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration Award’
Well done to Mr Mike Ridout, the Business Development Manager for the Spatial Research Hub within the Department. Mike was the individual winner of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff, ‘Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration Award’.
12 December 2017
Farewell to Dr Ulan Turdukulov
Staff from the Department said farewell to Dr Ulanbek Turdukulov in September when he returned home with his young family to The Netherlands.
12 December 2017
Staff and students winners at SSSI WA Spatial Excellence Awards
Department staff and student graduates proudly took out four prizes in the individual awards categories at this year’s Western Australian Spatial Excellence Awards evening.
12 December 2017
Mortaza, winner of the Australian Falling Walls Lab competition
PhD student Mortaza Rezae from Curtin University is the winner of the second Australian Falling Walls Lab, hosted by the Australian Academy of Science.
12 December 2017
GNSS reference work a ‘labour of love’ for Professor Peter Teunissen
After four years and countless hours of work, Professor Peter Teunissen can finally say he is proud of the published version of his new book, ‘Handbook of Global Navigation Satellite Systems’.
12 December 2017
‘Surveying for Civil and Mine Engineers’ book published
After more than ten years teaching surveying to civil and mine engineering students, John Walker and Joseph Awange decided to combine their wealth of experience to produce a book about the subject.
12 December 2017
Ashraf provides expert commentary on weather extremes
As a member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Commission for Climatology ad-hoc weather and climate extremes evaluation committee, Dr Ashraf Dewan has been keenly sought this year for his expert comments about the subject.
12 December 2017
Brothers share common interest in the spatial sciences
Brothers Jeff and Tim Ball share many similar interests: same hockey team, same floorball team, an interest in geography. They also share an interest in the spatial sciences. The one difference is that while Jeff chose to study Geographic Information Science, Tim chose to study Surveying.
12 December 2017
Urban forest and urban heat islands – in co-operation with the City of Melville
Urban vegetation and especially tree canopy affect the quality of urban living – both psychologically and physically. Since early 2017 the City of Melville and the Department of Spatial Sciences (Petra Helmholz, David Belton, Ashraf Dewan) have partnered up to investigate a number of Urban Heat Island related topics.
12 December 2017
In-school surveying workshop at Como SHS
Equipped with 25 tripod legs, nine total stations, eight prism sets, and a tape measure or two, two Surveying staff members and three 3rd year Surveying students descended upon Como SHS in late November.
14 August 2017
Recap from Head of Department 2017
Welcome to the first newsletter of the year from Spatial Sciences. This year saw a handover of headship from Prof Bert Veenendaal to A/Prof Jon Kirby, with Bert focusing on growing the Spatial Research Hub, as its Director.
14 August 2017
Warm welcome to Dr Ivana Ivánová
A warm welcome from the Department was extended to Dr Ivana Ivánová, who recently joined as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for the CRC-SI (Cooperative Research Centre – Spatial Information).
14 August 2017
National Award to Surveying Graduate
Graduated surveying student, Todd Lyon, can now add a national award to his growing list of academic achievements
14 August 2017
Spatial PhD public transport project for people on autism spectrum wins NSW Innovation Challenge
A public transport PhD project was submitted for this challenge by Mortaza Rezae, PhD candidate from the Department of Spatial Sciences, and Cheryl Mangan, from the Autism CRC.
14 August 2017
Snapshot of 2016 graduate destinations brings welcome news
2016 graduates from the Department of Spatial Sciences have fared very well in the employment stakes within the surveying and spatial information industries.
14 August 2017
Award winners recognised for their hard work
The Department’s annual prize-giving ceremony is the one event in the year fully dedicated to acknowledging the best performing and hardest working students from the previous year.
14 August 2017
Ashraf instrumental in establishing guidelines for new world weather extreme records
In 2015 Dr Ashraf Dewan accepted an invitation to be a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Climatology (CCl) ad-hoc Weather and Climate Extremes evaluation committee for weather mortality extremes.
13 December 2016
From the Head of Department, December 2016
Professor Bert Veenendaal recaps everything that has happened within the Department of Spatial Sciences in 2016.
13 December 2016
Associate Professor Jon Kirby takes on Head of Department position from January 2017
Associate Professor Jon Kirby, a long standing member of the Department’s academic staff, will take on the role of Head of Department when Professor Bert Veenendaal steps down from the position at the end of December.
13 December 2016
Dr Robert Corner retires
After many years lecturing and researching in the areas of remote sensing and GIS, Dr Robert Corner retired from the Department in August this year.
13 December 2016
Three staff members awarded promotions
Congratulations go to three of the Department’s staff members who were successful in their application for academic promotion.
13 December 2016
Graduate student wins SSSI WA Undergraduate Student Award
Well done to graduated surveying student, Todd Lyon, on wining this year’s SSSI WA’s Undergraduate Student Award.
13 December 2016
ICES accreditation for Surveying and GIS courses
The Department of Spatial Sciences is pleased to announce its formal accreditation by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) for its Bachelor of Surveying and Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science).
13 December 2016
Australia-Germany joint research cooperation to measure vertical deflections across Perth
The Department has received modest funding to bring in a German astrogeodetic observing system (QDaedalus) to measure a profile of vertical deflections across the Perth Basin.
13 December 2016
Researchers successful in receiving grant to address reliable positioning for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
A/Prof Ahmed El-Mowafy was a part of a team of researchers who have attracted a ARC-DP research grant for their project, “Trustworthy Positioning for Next Generation Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)”.
13 December 2016
When every drop counts
Associate Professor Joseph Awange from the Department of Spatial Sciences at Curtin University and his team of national and international researchers have undertaken research to study drought and rainfall patterns in that country.
13 December 2016
News from the Spatial Sciences Research Hub
The Spatial Sciences Research Hub, an initiative of the Department of Spatial Sciences at Curtin University and interested industry members, has been set up to help foster, facilitate and manage spatial research projects within the state.
13 December 2016
Book brings the story of the HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran to life
‘From Great Depths’ tells the story of two researchers who had a passion to bring the story of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran to life.
23 August 2016
Head of Department Recap
Professor Bert Veenendaal recaps everything that has happened within the Department of Spatial Sciences.
23 August 2016
Professor Geoff West retires, honoured with Emeritus Professor title
Congratulations to Geoff West who was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in May, due to his distinguished service and commitment over his 26-year career at Curtin.
23 August 2016
Department involved with research into WA remote air travel patterns
Mr Brett Hughes (Department of Transport), Dr Jianhong (Cecilia) Xia, Professor Torbjorn Falkmer and Spatial Sciences PhD student, Heng Zhou, from Curtin University, have developed a joint research project using spatial technologies for understanding air travel patterns.
23 August 2016
Three new geodesy research staff join the Department
Information on the three new geodesy research staff to join the Department.
23 August 2016
Travel grant to Dr Ori Gudes for GIS/health research project
A travel grant from Curtin’s Science and Engineering Faculty was put to good use by Department Research Fellow Dr Ori Gudes in May this year.
23 August 2016
PhD graduate, Dr Abdul Nurunnabi, awarded prestigious postdoctoral positions
2014 PhD graduate Dr Abdul Nurunnabi received a Japanese Government Scholarship (JSPS) to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Tokyo.
23 August 2016
Diversity at Spatial Sciences research symposium
The Graduate Research Symposium is a new initiative of the Department to showcase cutting-edge research being undertaken by our research students.
23 August 2016
Fun with augmented reality sandbox
Find out about the Department's new Augmented Reality Sandbox.
10 August 2016
Art of surveying explored in the Goldfields
Surveying students from the WA School of Mines, Curtin University, have ‘rediscovered’ former thriving townsites in the Goldfields while treading in the footsteps of WA’s pioneering surveyors.
30 May 2016
2016 student awards and scholarships
Recipients of the Department of Spatial Sciences student awards and scholarships for 2016.
5 May 2016
Dr Amir Khodabandeh Wins Prestigious National Spatial Excellence Award
This year’s Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) held on 13 April 2016 in Melbourne was attended by over 350 Australian and regional spatial professionals who gathered together to celebrate the achievements of their fellow spatial colleagues over the past year.
21 January 2016
New generation satellite imagery pinpoints a challenging weed target
The application of new generation satellite imagery to one of Australia's most problematic invasive weed species, mesquiet, has removed the major impediments for adopting semi-automated mapping.
8 December 2015
Head of Department 2015 recap
Professor Bert Veenendaal recaps everything that has happened within the Department of Spatial Sciences in 2015.
8 December 2015
Students and staff feature in WA Spatial Excellence Awards
Each year, the Western Australian Spatial Excellence Awards celebrate excellence for outstanding projects and recognition of individuals within the WA spatial community
8 December 2015
Staff on study leave busy with research
Two of the Department’s academic staff members, A/Professors Joseph Awange and Ahmed El-Mowafy have been busy conducting research this semester while on Academic Study Leave from the university.
8 December 2015
From spatial science to space science
The Moon is proving to be a continuing field of research for Professor Will Featherstone and colleague.
8 December 2015
Laser scanning support for Barrow Island archaeological project
In September 2015, Dr David Belton and Dr Petra Helmholz from the Department’s Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning group joined the Barrow Island Archaeology Project (BIAP) led by Professor Peter Veth from The University of Western Australia.
8 December 2015
Research into spatial cognitive ability and driving ability of older drivers
An opportunity to enhance her PhD research concerning the relationship between spatial cognitive ability and the driving behaviour of older drivers will be well served when Qian Sun takes up a Curtin Mobility Scholarship.
8 December 2015
Variety has been the flavour for Colloquium series
This year’s colloquium series saw five international and local researchers present on a range of topics.
8 December 2015
Survey student establishes a 'gravity base station' at Curtin
In semester 2 2015, Todd Lyon, a Bachelor of Surveying student, undertook a project supervised by A/Professor Jon Kirby to establish a ‘gravity base station’ at Curtin.