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The Surveyors’ Trust is recruiting a newly created General Manager position in collaboration with Holly Tattersall at Digital Talent Co.
This marks an important moment in the organisation’s history as we further invest in the expertise and sustainability of Australia’s surveying and spatial industry.
Should you have any questions or wish to apply please contact Holly directly on 0400 356 656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or click here for more information on this exciting role.
In this informative interview with Dr Karen Joyce from She Maps we discuss:
She Maps started in 2016 as a result of a presentation that Karen did at the local schools as part of Science Week. At the primary school level there was a huge level of engagement, but at the high school level Karen noticed no girls were attending the drone events.
Karen and her husband Paul put on a drone day for girls only and it attracted 60 girls and became two half day sessions. Word spread and other schools wanted the same program and She Maps was borne from the demand of the teachers and students.
How is She Maps different?
All of the She Maps programs replicate real world applications and students experience a "day in the life" of a geoscientist.
Typically students will use drones to capture environmental or disaster data that mimics what drones are used for in real life while imparting vital skills and knowledge and developing problem solving skills.
As the programs continue to rollout, we are starting to see girls choosing geospatial work experience opportunities in greater numbers than noted previously.
She Maps is expanding with 12 people trained to run programs in other countries. We will continue supporting our trainers, empower people in other countries to share our vision and to introduce more girls to STEM opportunities.
The Surveyors' Trust has supported She Maps with free drone and spatial training for Queensland teachers.
For more information visit www.shemaps.com.
In our second interview with Dr Karen Joyce from She Maps we discuss:
Karen's career began with a research project on Heron Reef studying reef impacts using satellite data.
One of the challenges during that time was the need for technology that could fly over the reef close enough to capture detailed information not available via satellite.
Drones are now used to map live coral and count sea cucumbers (among numerous other applications) and bridge the gap in detailed data capture.
"Drones are getting smaller and cheaper and we can take this technology into schools which means everybody can now get involved in drones," says Karen.
The biggest industries using drones are humanitarian then followed by the film industry, defence, mining and agriculture. Science is a smaller segment being driven by other industries.
Karen is also involved in guest editing the Remote Sensing Journal and the Drones Journal to encourage more women to publish in open-access, scientific publications.
She is actively involved in promoting equality for women in spatial sciences and is involved in Homeward Bound for women in STEM leadership roles. This is a 10 year program that includes a voyage to Antarctica with 80 other women in science leadership.
Karen is also involved in Drones for Mapping through her research and teaching. It teaches people in industry how to get into mapping using drones through online training.
For more information, visit www.shemaps.com.
In this third video in our interview series with Dr Karen Joyce from She Maps, we talk about:
At She Maps one of our opportunities is to educate the consumer on the value of surveying.
"Drones are there for the taking and should be used by licensed surveyors. Drones fit fairly and squarely in the spatial industry," says Karen.
We need to educate consumers about the value of having a trained professional with the right skills and knowledge providing the data and the information.
She Maps is producing a book for school children to introduce them to spatial sciences in the early years.
In this video interview, hear from Ian Mathieson and Bryan McLennan from Tenure Solutions about their Land Registry project that will capture greater details of land ownership across jurisdictions.
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The concept for Tenure Solutions’ Registry project started in Papua New Guinea where there are eight million people but only three percent of the land area has any formal land title. The rest is known as customary land (or native title). The challenge is that customary landowners do not have land titles that are recognised by banks and therefore the land can’t be used as security for borrowing.
In recent years, Ian Mathieson and Bryan McLennan, Directors of Tenure Solutions, have spoken with the major banks in Papua New Guinea and received assurances from them that a privately-owned land Registry that would record ownership and interests not recorded in government registries could be worth developing. It was then recognised that a non-government registry could operate across different jurisdictions and potentially provide titling services anywhere in the world where there is a need. Tenure Solutions was established to develop a private Registry that would record ownership and interests not recorded in government registries was included as a major plank in the business plan.
In Australia there are a lot of interests in land and property that government Land Registries don’t or inadequately record such as licenses and native title.
The Tenure Solutions group has been looking at ways to provide opportunities for people to record their interests in a property differently from the normal land titles process. Planning legislation covering rural areas in Australia is generally very restrictive with regard to what can or can’t be subdivided. For example, for land zoned Rural in South East Queensland the minimum size of a subdivision is 100 hectares which doesn’t allow a landowner to sell off a smaller parcel.
Ian and Bryan explain their Registry in more detail:
“We have been looking at the concept of applying company title over a wider range of situations than is currently the case, such as rural land and urban properties that can’t be strata or community titled. An example of company title in Brisbane is Torbreck, a large unit complex in Highgate Hill. The complex and the land are owned by a company; unit owners buy shares in the company and gain exclusive use to their apartment. Other examples include the Jetty complex at Noosa and the Starlight Community in Yandina, as well as many apartment and office suite buildings in Brisbane. The concept is also very popular in Sydney around the Harbour.
So our company is looking at different ways that people can have their interests in a property recognised so that a lending institution will allow that interest in the property to be used as security for lending.
And secondly, we are setting up a private registry to record those interests. This Registry won’t have the restrictions that a government land registry has. For example, if a company owns the property, you can have greater freedom to make changes within the boundaries. Much wider datasets can be recorded.
In terms of developing our services, the provision of company title services is up and running. For effective and efficient operation of company title we took a leaf out of how Community Title works and we married those with an analysis of the operation of existing company title properties, plus the rules of ASIC (probity and governance). This has been done in conjunction with top property lawyers.
It is now time to think about the second leg of our plan which is the Registry. The Registry will register a broader range of interests than what is captured under a government Titles Office. It will encompass different levels of spatial accuracy. Titles offices are very precise about the level of accuracy for surveying. Ours will encompass such precision as well as broader definition using GPS and physical descriptions among others.
Our Registry will encompass diffused notions of ownership and ownership flexibility. Generally, Titles Offices recognise only one level of ownership and some interests. However in some areas it is not settled as to who owns the land, or there is an overlap of claims. Our Register will help identify where competing claims exist to allow for negotiation. We will also include a wide range of supporting documentation including sketches, lines drawn on aerial or satellite images, audio or, in the case of customary ownership, videos of traditional owners recounting family history. Because we can encompass a wide range of support data and make it accessible our Registry will provide a platform for resolution of issues in any jurisdiction where there are sets of mixed interests.
In Australia some Titles Offices don’t, or inadequately, recognise Native Title. We believe our variety of tenure options together with our Registry will fill that gap.”
Tenure Solutions is undertaking three stages to build the Registry:
The Registry will meet a wide variety of needs. It will be useful to anyone who wants to engage with a financial institution to borrow money while offering the security of their entitlement. They would get solid documentation from the Registry.
The Registry will allow surveyors to generate a lot more intellectual property both nationally and internationally. It will create an income stream for organisations like The Surveyors’ Trust to reinvest in the spatial industry.
The Registry will also create a broader scope of work for surveyors.
Antony Schmidt, Chairman of The Surveyors’ Trust has congratulated Ian and Bryan and the Tenure Solutions Board for their vision to improve how land ownership is recognised and recorded.
“In the future, the Tenure Solutions Register may well reduce ambiguity over land ownership and create commercialisation opportunities for land stakeholders,” he said.
For more information visit www.tenuresolutions.com.au.
In this video interview, hear from Majid Doost and Nat Marsden how Point Share Plus works and the value that it creates for spatial professionals working with large data sets.
The Surveyors’ Trust has awarded Point Share Plus an Encouragement Award during its recent Intellectual Property Award round.
Point Share Plus is an online point cloud platform launched by the PointSharePlus team in 2018.
The platform was developed with the goal of making point clouds accessible for everybody in the spatial industry without the need to purchase or install expensive point analysis software.
However Nat Marsden and Majid Doost say the greatest benefit of their platform is its sharing capabilities.
“Our platform has been designed to give individuals access to large amounts of data from laser scanners and drone flights, as well as the ability to share this data across large construction teams,” said Mr Doost.
“Gigabytes and gigabytes of data including 3D models can be uploaded, measured, shared and analysed quickly across large teams locally and globally. This storage, analysis and sharing capability was very limited prior to our platform and surveying firms faced challenges dealing with slow and cumbersome files,” added Mr Marsden.
Point cloud data is the product of 3D laser scanners and photogrammetry that capture millions of points at very high speeds, creating a 3D visual environment of the points around the objects. The platform incorporates data from lidar, 3Dmodels and UAV images.
Point Share Plus allows users to browse large amounts of data very smoothly using an internet browser. The user can conduct measurements of distances, angles, heights, radiuses and coordinates. Large 3D model importing and analysis will also be released this week, which is a major development milestone.
Intellectual property ownership has also been strongly considered in the development of Point Share Plus with the owner retaining protection over their data and strong ability to determine how the data is shared and manipulated.
In the future Point Share Plus will include cloud computation for volume calculations and comparisons as well.
Anthony Schmidt, Chairman of The Surveyors’ Trust has applauded Point Share Plus on its vision and commitment to the surveying industry.
“We believe that five years from now this platform may well be adopted globally to benefit surveyors in all locations. It is our pleasure to work with Point Share Plus to bring this vision to life and add value to the spatial industry worldwide,” said Mr Schmidt.
For more information, please visit www.pointshareplus.com to see what has been created to date and to look at work samples.
The Surveyors’ Trust has instituted an annual award for projects or activities that are of significant impact to the recognition of the surveying profession in the following categories:
The annual award for the project or activity with the most impact is a cash prize of $50,000. If no submissions reach the level of impact sought by the judges, up to two encouragement awards of $5,000 may be awarded in any year.
Five submissions were made for the 2020 Intellectual Property Award. In the opinion of the judges none were demonstrated to be sufficiently impactful to earn the major prize.
Two submissions were awarded an encouragement award:
Ian Mathieson — Tenure Solutions
This company is developing a tenure system which is much wider than the commonly recognised land registry to take into account formal cadastral systems and other tenures based on use, custom, etc. The development seems well advanced but the application of intellectual property principles is in its early development.
It does involve measurement of the tenure and proposes the involvement of surveyors to significant extent. There is opportunity for the incorporation of surveyor’s intellectual property to be advanced with future developments of the system.
Majid Doost — Point Share Plus Pty Ltd
Point Share Plus (PSP) is an online point cloud platform for storing, viewing, sharing and analysing any type of point cloud data-sets and 3D models. It’s objective is to become a leading provider of online viewing of point cloud data across many different industries.
Development appears to be advanced and has potential to be an important tool for the surveying industry. The application does not address the issue of intellectual property ownership of the point cloud data and how that is to be handled in terms of protection, commercialisation, etc. but there is scope to complete the development to include that area for the benefit of the business and the surveying industry.
The Intellectual Property Award 2021
The Surveyors' Trust will again be running its annual award for projects or activities that are of significant impact to the recognition of the surveying profession. Entries will open in approximately February 2021 with details to follow.
The Surveyors’ Trust is a successful not for profit that has raised significant funds to grow and protect the spatial industry.
This success has been made possible due to a decision that was challenged and passed in the High Court of Australia in the early 1990s where surveyors were recognised for copyright ownership of the plans they create.
Prior to this, agencies would copy and re-use survey plans without permission or payment back to the surveyor and the situation was eroding the industry.
“It was like a recording artist who gets their music used without royalties being paid or an author having somebody else taken their written works and claim them as their own,” said Mr Anthony Schmidt, Chairman, The Surveyors’ Trust.
“The Surveyors’ Trust had a vision that it executed to champion and protect the rights of surveyors and we have been successful on that front. We now have an excellent model where members pool their royalties and we invest these funds to strengthen our industry,” he added.
To celebrate this world-first achievement and shine greater light on the importance of intellectual property rights for surveyors, The Surveyors’ Trust is running an inaugural Intellectual Property Competition.
“Professionals or firms who have been involved in identifying, protecting, innovating or commercialising intellectual property that advances the spatial industry are invited to apply for the chance to win $50,000,” said Mr Schmidt.
“This competition helps us tell the story about the world-first achievement made by the Trust and applauds the work being done by others to advance our industry,” he added.
Applications close 5pm AEST 28 March 2020. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.thesurveyorstrust.org.au/IP-Award-2020
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