LSC News - October 2021

October 24, 2021


Ronan Bennett, Incoming Chair of FIG Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management spoke at the Commission’s meeting on 21 September.  Key highlights from Ronan’s presentation are noted below: 

  • One challenge for the FIG is the cadastral divide – countries that are well-advanced with cadastral mapping, with capacity and good relations with government, private sector. They have complete and updated Cadastre. 
  • The other extreme is 70% of countries have a very low percentage of land rights that are mapped. These countries often have little or no mapping infrastructure or skilled workforce, some have only a handful of trained experts running the national land registries 
  • In the last 10 years, the UNGGIM has come along and attracted the participation of higher-level representatives, which has caused some of the traditional representatives to migrate away from Commission 7. 
  • There is also generational change in the sense many of the founding members are retiring. New representatives are needed. One of focus is greater participation and relevance for practitioners from the private sector. There is an opportunity for SSSI LSC to be a supporter of greater private sector participation in Commission 7. 
  • FIG WW in Netherlands 2020 showed increased participation from Asia and Africa, that would normally not be represented which is a positive sign of these countries evolving their land management systems. 
  • Rohan is still connected to the Dutch Cadastre where he spent several years, in their international arm. 
  • Agenda for the next 4 years is still in planning. Discussions are in progress on what FIG can do to reinvigorate Commission 7, and the topics to focus on such as knowledge transfer, developing context and closing the Cadastre divide. 
  • National LSC plans to work more closely with Commission 7 especially in the lead up to FIG 2025 in Brisbane. 

revisions for new draft AUstralian Standard 5488

Revisions for the new draft AS_5488 Classification of Subsurface Utility Information are open for public comment. Part 1 (Information) deals with geospatial and part 2 (Engineering) on engineering management.

This revision recognises GDA2020 as the national “Recognised-Value Standard of position” supporting legal traceability of positioning in Australia. As new utilities are mapped GNSS is an easy way to relocate assets.

With the confluence of datum modernisation, multi-GNSS, national CORS expansion, SouthPan (SBAS) and Ginan (PPP), the AS_5488 standard future proofs utility location using robust, accurate and simple satellite positioning. But the terms “GNSS”, “CORS” even “satellite” are not mentioned anywhere in the new revision.

If you work in the utilities location industry and recognise the huge advantage offered by modern satellite positioning into the future, please go to the Standards Australia website, register and have your say. The interface is easy to use.

Public comments close on Dec 16, 2021.

Members will need to first register, then login and search for AS_5488 in the Public Comment section. Click here to login

Land Surveying Webinar Series: Did you know? Part 1

SSSI Victoria and the National Land Surveying Commission are pleased to present a four part webinar series entitled "Did you know?" Our fantastic speaker, John Parker, will present two interesting land surveying topics per session.

This series of talks will appeal to those who have an interest in survey related history and areas of survey that many surveyors may not have had the opportunity to be involved in. These are not technical presentations but topics of general interest with a survey and spatial information flavour.

Part 1 - Thursday 4 November 2021
How the Australian States came about | Issues with Victoria’s Borders

Part 2 - Thursday 2 December 2021
How the metre was determined | French Discoveries along Victoria’s Southern coast

Part 3 - tbc March 2022
The Importance of Geographic Names | How Electoral boundaries are determined?

Part 4 - tbc April 2022
Australia’s role in land ownership systems in developing countries | Life and times of a Surveyor-General

About the presenter
John Parker held the position of Surveyor-General of Victoria from 1989 to 1998 which also included being an electoral commissioner and having responsibility for naming of places. He has been an adviser on education and training, and research and development to three Universities and is considered a technical expert in cadastral and land tenure matters, spatial data, survey and mapping matters and the naming of geographic features and places.

John has provided consultancy services internationally in land administration including land tenure reform and online delivery, institutional management, quality management and toponymy to the World Bank, United Nations, USAID, in Laos, China, El Salvador and Governments including Greece, Colombia, Costa Rica and Hong Kong. International activities have included roles in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) for Asia, South East and Pacific South West Division

He has been involved in organising all or part of conferences/seminars on behalf of the International Federation of Surveyors in Australia, Argentina, United Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, South Korea, USA, China, Kenya and Mexico (also on behalf of the United Nations and the Permanent Committee on Spatial Data infrastructures for the Americas).

Prior to being Surveyor-General, he was Chief Surveyor of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. His initial 19 years of work was in a private firm of surveyors, engineers and town planners.

Lee Hellen
Chair. SSSI National Land Surveying Commission

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