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  • 08/03/2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    Kids Use Drones to Find Queensland’s Coolest Schools

    In a Queensland-first, students from over 200 private and public schools will use drones and satellite data to map how much shade they have on their school grounds in the hope of winning the ‘Coolest School in Queensland’ title.

    The project, run by She Maps and funded by The Surveyors’ Trust, supports the development of digital technologies education in Queensland.

    Each school that participates gets free online Drone Essentials and Mapping Essentials training for their teachers, which has already been delivered to over 300 teachers online. Over $400 of resources are provided to each teacher for free.

    The winner of the ‘Coolest School in Queensland’ title will be announced at the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association on the Gold Coast in October. Over $2,000 worth of prizes will be given to the winning schools.

    Dr Karen Joyce, Education Director of She Maps, says that drones are fast becoming a central part of classroom learning.

    "Students understand how drones can be used in industry applications and then work out how much shade they have on their school grounds using satellite images and spatial data skills. The program meets the curriculum needs of teachers and the future skill requirements of our students."

    Mr Anthony Schmidt, Chairman of the Surveyors’ Trust, who are sponsoring the project, has committed to raising the profile of the surveying industry while giving teachers and students essential skills.

    "This project is a great way to promote our industry and transfer practical skills to the next generation through the exciting use of drone technology."

    The resources are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and support the Queensland Drone Strategy which specifically emphasises the need to bring drone technology into schools across the state. The project has been developed with an understanding of Education Queensland’s requirements and talking to their STEM team regularly.

    Queensland Teachers can register for the online Drone Essentials Teacher Professional Development at any time via www.education.shemaps.com/qld (a Queensland education email address is required).

    Who is She Maps?

    When many people think of a scientist, they imagine someone (often male) in a lab coat working with a microscope or test tubes. Our vision of science is far broader. And we need a diversity in science disciplines beyond the labcoat, and a diversity in ideas from people of every race, colour, sex, and religion, in order to solve the problems of the future. Our purpose at She Maps is to bring diversity into how we perceive science, and who does it.

    We provide online and face to face learning that gives students and teachers confidence in trying new technology and to explore solutions to real life problems. We use drones as a central part to our programs - because they are fun and are going to be a large part of our lives in the future.

    Who is The Surveyors’ Trust?

    The Surveyors’ Trust is a vibrant community of surveying and spatial professionals. We work together as a collective – pooling the royalties we receive from the sale of the plans that we develop. These pooled funds are invested in capital and education projects to achieve recognition and sustainability for the surveying and spatial industry.

    Media Enquiries

    She Maps: Paul Mead, Managing Director, 0432 469 500.

    The Surveyors’ Trust: Mr Anthony Schmidt, Chairman, 0412 214 724.

  • 02/11/2018 8:56 AM | Calum McGonigle (Administrator)
    In our fourth podcast, John Kenny, an experienced solicitor and expert in copyright and intellectual property law, was instrumental in setting up the legal structure of The Surveyors’ Trust in the early 1990s. His achievements, working alongside other key members of the surveying industry, including Jack de Lange, have resulted in the recognition of surveyors’ plans as artistic works – with the attribution of ownership and royalties that exist today.

    This is an extraordinary achievement, perhaps the only one of its kind in the world. Queensland Surveyors were the first Australian industry or professional group to get passive income from their copyright.

    The matter went all the way to the High Court and was a mix of legal research, serendipity and politics. We hope you enjoy the interview.

  • 17/09/2018 12:46 PM | Calum McGonigle (Administrator)

    In our third podcast episode we bring you a fascinating interview with the legendary Sydney Kirkby OA MBE. Mr Kirkby’s long and illustrious career saw him explore The Great Sandy Desert and Antarctica. In fact, he has explored more of the land mass of Antarctica than any other person.

    In this interview, Mr Kirkby talks about how he got into surveying, how if you “don’t ask you don’t get”, that there are plenty of frontiers remaining for young people and how to use fear as your friend to conquer new horizons.

    We hope you enjoy this interview.

  • 26/06/2018 12:02 PM | Calum McGonigle (Administrator)

    In this second episode, Jack de Lange, Board Member of The Surveyors’ Trust, describes the background to setting up The Surveyors’ Trust - why it got started and what has taken place since. Previous to the Trust, surveyors were not retaining their rights over their artistic works (surveyors’ plans) and Jack and a group of others dedicated to the industry, set about achieving recognition of the intellectual property of surveyors.

    The group then decided that rather than benefit from the royalties gained from the sale of individual plans, they would pool their royalties and achieve greater good for the industry. The matter went all the way to the High Court and in 2008, 12 years later, the ruling passed and surveyors were granted permission to collect royalties from their intellectual property as a collective known as the Copyright Trust.

    The initial purpose of setting up the Trust, now referred to as The Surveyors’ Trust, started as a way to recognise the intellectual property of surveyors and now every time a survey plan is sold the royalty goes to the Trust. So there is a group of individuals working together to achieve something as a collective, like big projects that benefit the whole industry, and not just the individuals.

    It is now up to the members to come forward with suggestions for how we can support the industry.

  • 11/05/2018 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    In this first episode, Lee Hellen, Director of Land Solutions and Board Member of The Surveyors’ Trust, describes the changes being faced by the land surveying industry, the opportunities and his advice for emerging surveying professionals.

    The current land surveying landscape is full of great opportunities. The world is more complex, there is more information to be deciphered, the economy is growing and the way land is being used is changing. These opportunities are leading to increased demand for professional services to combat the highly complex and risky problems being faced by the market.

    And … the surveying industry is essentially moving into a digital world. We need to move 150 plus years of tradition to digital processes.

    There has been an increased pressure on land surveyors in terms of more efficient outcomes and our skilled workforce is ageing. We need to do more with less. We need to meet a community expectation around digital delivery and the government departments and systems that we rely upon will change. Land surveying practitioners need to work with government to give the greatest opportunity to them and the people they serve.

    Land Solution will continue to network and maintain close industry relationships. That helps to truth innovation and professional judgement. I recommend this strategy for emerging surveyors. Associate with peers and look at ways to innovate with new technology – UAVs, drones, laser scanners, robotic instruments, data modelling incorporating systems into GIS and BIM etc. All of these technologies will benefit land surveying in the future and they make efficient judgements more effective.

    While some of these technologies make surveying more accessible to the community, surveyors have the respected knowledge as a profession. It is complex and high risk. Land is a finite resource that is also highly valued. The last thing the community needs is dispute of ownership and surveyors have managed this very successfully for the community.

    There is great opportunity to continue to solve complex and risky problems, our profession is just about having the ability to press buttons. It is how the information is interpreted ethically and with due care and responsibility.

    Parting words for any young people considering the industry:

    “Believe. Find something you enjoy doing. Work hard and always try. If you have a passion for the outdoors, for serving the community I recommend land surveying"

    For more information, contact Lee Hellen from Land Solution on 07 3366 3525

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