Spatial Industry News - February 2021

February 16, 2021

Surveying and Spatial National News

If you fly a drone or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for business or as part of your job, it must now be registered and its operator accredited with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) before you fly – it’s the law.  Read more:

Spatial information is critical today in areas such as disaster response, emergency management, and intelligent transport systems. The Australia Research Data Commons (ARDC) and the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) have formalised a collaboration that encourages the Australian research community to share, use and attribute spatial data to maximise research quality and impact.  Read more 

CSIRO’s Data61 and the NSW Government have teamed up to develop a tool that allows important datasets to be shared with the public, while ensuring sensitive personal information remains protected.  Read more 

As part of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda, there are new Conveners Group for the Space, Surveying and Spatial Diversity Leadership Network (SSS-DLN): Amelia Davies, Director Land Information & Spatial Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic), Kellie Dean, Principal Surveyor, Spiire, Matt Duckham, A/Dean STEMM Diversity and Inclusion, RMIT University, Maurits van der Vlugt, Director, Mercury Project Solutions, and Roshni Sharma, Project Manager and Analyst, FrontierSI.  Read more

The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) has declared that its work with the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and Geoscience Australia (GA) had led to it conducting the largest and most systematic monitoring effort in its history. Chief Regulatory Officer at NRAR, Grant Barnes said the Regulator used satellite data to monitor an environmental flow as it travelled across 306,400 square kilometres and past more than 3,500 on-farm storages.  Read more

(Content courtesy of Ross Johnson)

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