LSC News - June 2021

June 25, 2021
Chair's Message

Firstly a special welcome to our new LSC members:

  • Jan Lawrence Lontoc, NSW
  • Nicholas Cooper, NT
  • Muhamad Shafri Abd Samad, O/S
  • Rajesh Rajulagari, O/S
  • Charles Lowe, QLD
  • Jacob Cormick, QLD
  • Ramon Garcia Arguelles Arias, QLD
  • Joshua Egan, QLD
  • Ramin Shahkaramirad, QLD
  • Serene Ho, VIC
  • thilak jayawardane, NSW (student)
  • Simeon Kwang, O/S (student)
  • Muhammad Sheraz Ahsan, O/S (student)
  • Max Bignell, QLD (student)
  • Matthew Strack, QLD (student)
  • Golnoosh Farajollahi, SA (student)
  • BO-JUN CHANG, TAS (student)
  • Eloise Bosveld, TAS (student)
  • Junliang Fan, TAS (student)
  • Faith Bartlett, TAS (student)
  • Thomas Males, TAS (student)
  • Violetta Loulatzis, VIC (student)
  • Milan Patel, WA (student)

The LSC has progressed several key strategic priorities during the period of April and May 2021.

National Work groups and Task forces

  • WG1 – The Positioning and Autonomous Surveying working group is yet to find a core group of volunteers willing to drive volunteer activity. This is a critical area for the Commission with growing reliance on Autonomous methods for survey and positioning a key priority. The commission will put greater effort into attracting a core group of volunteers to further the work of this group in coming months.
  • WG2- Cadastral Technologies, Spatially Enabled Digital Twins and BIM participated in the SSSI Spatial Digital twin WG meeting. LH attended the meeting on the 14/5/21 and proposed a leadership role for the commission around the areas of Education and Training, Standards and Capacity. A call for volunteers to the SIG realized over 90 volunteers and we will target existing LSC members within that effort to join WG2 to be a part of the initiative.
  • WG3- Surveying Education, Training and Competency Best Practice met on the 11/5/21 and devised a strategy to work with CRSBANZ to further the objectives of the group. A letter was sent to Paul Rhodes- Chair of CRSBANZ on the 18/5/21 and we have been advised by Craig Madden – Secretary that CRSBANZ will respond at their next meeting.

The Working Group webpage has been created to support this activity of the LSC WG structure.

SSSI has created an Expression of Interest form linked on the webpage.

The Chair is recommending a call for volunteers could go into the June Geomessage, and other direct communication/social media posts etc.  The LSC pages on the SSSI website have been updated to include personnel on the committee. 

Positioning and Autonomous Surveying Working Group

The Positioning Working Group of the LSC is planning a Space workshop as a way to encourage more LSC member to participate in this working group. 

Space is important for surveyors for these reasons

  1. At a macro level,  investment in space provides greater certainty and frequency of earth observation. This leads to greater community acceptance and adoption of geospatial data in decision making, which in turn flows down to the precise level which surveyors are recognised as experts in measurement and a point of truth to measurements derived from geospatial analysis.
  2. At a micro level
    1. Space is Enhancing positioning technology,  in terms of latency and improving precision of measurement.
    2. Space will enhance IoT technology and communications, which is allowing surveying technology to be communicated at higher speed with greater integrity.

For an investment in space to succeed for surveyors it must lead to greater commercial opportunities for Australian surveying businesses. Investment in science and technology must be link to investment in business development, advancing skills, research and  knowledge and capacity building of the Australian private sector to solve the challenges we have in Australia and across the world.

Space opens up new market sectors for surveyors for those interested in pursuing them such as agriculture (positioning and installing IoT devices to improve on farm efficiency), the water sector (establishment of sensors for water quality, natural flows of water courses  and water capacity measurement) and environmental management.

There will also be a negative impact on some of the more traditional aspects of surveying.  Eg. The current process of boundary establishment by investigation and terrestrial measurement, will in time be replaced by GNSS as the nation moves to single point of truth digital cadastres. 

The important opportunity is to lead in these changes, both the new opportunities and the areas being exited or other disciplines will fill the gap and all sorts of problems will emerge due to lack of understanding of datums, projections, coordinate systems etc.

Locate 2022

LH has participated in several discussion around locate 2022 during the period. This has resulting in his nomination on the program Committee for Locate 2002 and the concept of Survey@Locate being supported.

Items for decision in our meeting on the 9/6/21 is to refine this offering from an LSC perspective so LH can take these decisions through to the Program committee.

SSSI Chairs meeting

LH attended the meeting of all chairs of SSSI commissions and regions on the 26/5/21 to discuss the 2030 Space industry Growth Roadmap. There is a follow up meeting proposed in June to refine details for SSSI’s role in this initiative. The commission believes the role of surveyors in the technical and practical implementation of Space technologies, particularly positioning is seen as a critical next step and a very worthwhile tactic to attract investment in the surveying profession in the current climate.

Regional Activities

SSSI LSC Regional Committees are currently working on a host of regional and local events to support members and create the highly valued networking and interaction our members value.

Victoria is rolling out a program of webinars over coming months, as is Queensland and all regional LSC groups are encouraged to follow. All jurisdictions are busy informing regional surveying standards and policy changes and where possible this work should be forwarded to WG3 to support greater consistency in that activity across all regions and to lesser the burden on regional volunteers.

LH would like to highlight the distinction between regional specific surveying theory and practice and theory and practice that is common across all jurisdictions. The former  should be offered as a regional webinar with Regional CPD points, and the latter should be offered with CPD points across all jurisdictions.

Regional and WG reporting, and collaboration must be improved and is a key strategic priority for the LSC. After multiple call from regional leaders for reports to LSC commission meetings we are still not getting these communications through. Submitting reports helps others understand the activities of the groups and well as attracting further investment and greater cooperation as a commission. For the August meeting we request all regions and WG chairs to submit a report on their activity one week prior to the LSC meeting.

International Activities

SSSI has won the bid for FIG 2025 in Brisbane in July / August, and SSSI finished their bid with a 5-minute video that featured Earl James, Matt Higgins, Paul Digney, Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse and Roshni Sharma.

SEASC 2021, being the South East Asia Survey Congress, a biannual gathering of surveyors from the ASEAN and Asia Pacific  planned for Bandung Indonesia has been postponed until August 2022 due to COVID 19.

Surveying and Spatial New Zealand is a key partner for the LSC and an opportunity to reconnect with this group with be made for Locate 2022 in Canberra.

Lee Hellen
Chair, SSSI National Land Surveying Commission

The Land Surveying Commission, Working Groups and Task Forces are be supported by the Commissions and SIG Manager:

Support for the Regional Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces should be requested through the National LSC Committee. Requests should be forwarded to the committee for the next meeting at least one week prior to then be ratified by the SSSI Board if required.


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