SSSI Land Surveying Commission News - June 2019

May 31, 2019
Join decision makers, industry leaders and next generation thinkers in Darwin 15–18 August 2019

The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute and the ASEAN Federation of Surveying and Geomatics, invite you to participate this year in the 15th South East Asian Survey Congress.

SEASC 2019 is your unique chance to join in knowledge sharing among the world’s leading experts in surveying and geospatial science. Don’t miss this opportunity to not only advance yourself and your organisation, but also progress important agendas across the Asia-Pacific region.

There’s an exceptional program featuring thought-provoking speakers from across the globe, technical workshops and interactive forums.

Some of the key topics will be:

  • Positioning and Datum Modernisation
  • Modernisation of the Cadastre
  • BIM and Integrated Digital Delivery
  • Drone Photogrammetry 
  • Developing Young Professionals

To recognise the importance of diversity and to inspire our next generation of leaders, on Thursday 15 August, SEASC 2019 will host an industry first Young Professionals Day. This program is specifically designed to develop our future leaders and will feature sessions on next generation skills, career development and mentoring from influential industry professionals. Please encourage and support your young professionals to participate to build their capacity.

The program has now been released. To find out more, visit the SEASC19 website for program updates and travel information.

International Land Measurement Standard (ILMS): Due Diligence for Land and Real Property Surveying – Release of Final Proof Version

The final proof version of the ILMS standard, has been uploaded and is proposed to be released during May after going through a final review.

The International Land Measurement Standards (ILMS) are intended for use by individuals and companies and act as a framework to support the determination of fair compensation for land assets.

ILMS are:

  • a framework for reporting on land assets and transactions of such by people and legal entities
  • a basis for collecting asset and transactional information to identify what is on the ground, what information is available and its quality
  • a set of principles for transparency, integrity and consistency in land asset reporting, supporting mechanisms such as the International Financial Reporting System
  • non-prescriptive and flexible, so they can be adopted incrementally in line with fit-for-purpose (FFP) principles, thereby advancing best practice for reporting on land assets
  • a due diligence process, which informs the overall investment analysis; this will draw on many sources of information and corroborate them so any risks can be assessed or costed.

ILMS are not:

  • the template for a new cadastral or land administration system
  • a replacement for any existing guidelines or standards, such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure, the Land Administration Domain Model or Social Tenure Domain Model
  • to instruct governments in the development of new or revised legislation
  • designed to track national progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • concerned with the collection of data to create or update national or international databases.
Why are ILMS needed

About 70% of land around the world is unregistered, and transactions can take place under fragile legal and administrative regimes with incomplete property information and little or no systematic approach to recording it. This results in a high-risk property environment caused by an inability to verify documents’ content and increased potential for dispute without resolution.

ILMS also contain an agreed geospatial survey accuracy table, which for the first time outlines what is meant by survey output and its relationship to scale and achievable accuracy. This is a significant milestone for the global geospatial surveying profession.

The ILMS coalition and the standards-setting committee (SSC) have taken steps towards a common understanding of land transfer, land valuation and geospatial accuracy, but there is still more to be done.

A copy of the standard can be downloaded here.


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