Industry pivots to webinars

By on 3 June, 2020

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The geospatial industry has quickly adapted to the Covid-19 crisis with a pivot to webinars to keep the wheels turning.

The dramatic spread of Covid-19 and attendant changes to human activity have stunned the world, with emergency social distancing and lockdown measures transforming business almost overnight. Ever-agile, thought leaders of the geospatial industry have rapidly adapted to online delivery to replace in-person training, conferences and lectures.

According to Emma Yates, marketing manager at 1Spatial, it’s incumbent upon organisations to adjust to these unprecedented circumstances as quickly as possible.

“What this challenging period has posed to us all is the question: Do we really need to be working from 9am until 5pm from the same office? It’s widely accepted that one of the major outcomes of Covid-19 for all major organisations is that overheads will be reduced by allowing employees the flexibility to work from their home environment,” she said.

Ms. Yates said that one of the positives of this period is the opportunity for people to upskill from home at an affordable price point through online content delivery mechanisms.

“Additionally, key events that we would typically need to travel to can now be accessed with far greater ease, and in fact — now hold potential for increased attendance by delivering these conferences and seminars online.”

So, let’s take a look at what’s out there.

Locate Connect

The Australasian geospatial industry’s premier annual event has launched Locate Connect, a digital program of speakers hand-picked from Locate20’s line up. Get involved — and find out what’s coming up in our events section.

YellowScan’s ‘From the air to the ground’ webinar

UAV scanning specialists YellowScan have just launched a webinar series, with the first episode running a live information session and demonstration session of their Fly&Drive product on June 18. Learn more and register here.

Blue Marble’s Global Mapper and LiDAR module training sessions

Blue Marble Geographics is running two comprehensive online training courses in July and Augus, the first for its Global Mapper tool from July 7-10 and LiDAR module on July 14 and 15 (register for these two courses here). It’s running both both courses again on August 4,6 and 7 for Global Mapper, August 11 and 12 for the LiDAR module (register here).

SSSI online event series

The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute has been running a weekly webinar series on diverse topics — covering everything from the latest industry developments, coastal policy and how cadastral surveying can support Native Title.

Details of this series can be found on the SSSI Events page.

Trimble webinar series

Trimble is running a series of educational webinars for geospatial professionals, with the next coming up on July 9. Learn more here.


The CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian Space Agency, is running a free webinar for STEM educators on its Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program on August 4. Register here.

Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future webinar

Geoscience Australia will run a webinar discussing the recent expansion of the Exploring for the Future program. Learn more here.

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