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  • 10/10/2019 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    In this interview, James Derksen, Surveying Associate, Surveyors at Work Cadastral, Kawungan Qld (pictured left with Caroline Morgan and Anthony Schmidt) talks about what he learned and gained from attending SEASC 2019 in Darwin.

    James' attendance was made possible as he won a conference prize pack sponsored by The Surveyors' Trust.

    James says:

    • This was an amazing opportunity to attend the conference, especially one that had attendees from all over the world. It was interesting to talk to people from other countries and learn how they do things
    • It was great talking to some of the Surveyors General. These were really interesting conversations and I felt my ideologies for the industry aligned, especially on the topic of survey mark preservation 
    • I discovered lots of parallels between the surveying and manufacturing industries
    • There's some great work being done to modernise and make access to cadastral plans much better
    • There are self-guided drones that can take really accurate measurements and volumes than has ever been possible

    Thank you to The Surveyors' Trust for the opportunity to attend the SEASC conference.  

    Click here to listen to the podcast interview.

  • 18/09/2019 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    In this interview, Andi Putra from Indonesia (pictured left with Anthony Schmidt and Caroline Morgan) talks about what he learned and gained from attending SEASC 2019 in Darwin.

    Andi's attendance was made possible as he won a conference prize pack sponsored by The Surveyors' Trust.

    Andi says:

    I am a licensed surveyor and I work for the Lands Administration and Lands Agency in Indonesia.

    At the conference I learned about the soft and hard skills I will need as a surveyor in the future and the importance of investing in ourselves. I would like to work on my communication skills and  gain new abilities in the field of artificial intelligence as this will be a key part of the future of surveying.

    The networking was an important part of attending the conference. I met new people and developed new relationships which was a good experience.

    Thank you to The Surveyors' Trust for the opportunity to attend the SEASC conference. 

    Click here to listen to the podcast interview. 

  • 01/07/2019 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    In this thought-provoking interview, Caroline Morgan, head of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, talks about the significance of surveyors in Australia achieving protection over their intellectual property.

    She talks about the challenges surveyors also face in relation to big data, database transfer and monetising their copyright.

    Caroline Morgan will present (sponsored by The Surveyors' Trust) at the SEASC conference in August 2019. Her presentation will cover the topics listed above and encourage lively discussion from the surveyors in attendance.

    Click here to listen to the 12 minute interview.

  • 08/04/2019 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    At the December 2018 Christmas party, members and guests were honoured to hear an engaging and inspiring address from Mr Sydney Kirkby AO MBE. Mr Kirkby is an Australian surveying and is well known for exploring the greatest amount of land mass of Antarctica.

    See the video below:


  • 01/04/2019 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Surveyors' Trust is a significant sponsor of the recent Consulting Surveyors National study into the future demand, supply and skills gap of surveying and geospatial professionals.

    We are delighted to present you with a copy of the report "Determining the Future Demand Supply and Skills Gap for Surveying and Geospatial Professionals".

    This detailed report includes:

    • Workforce capability state of play and outlook for every state and territory of Australia
    • End-use sector demands across the property, construction and mining industries
    • Education enrollments and qualification completions
    • Demographic ageing of the existing workforce and its impact on retirement within the surveying profession
    • Productivity growth driven by new technologies, practices and systems

    Here are some of the key findings:

    • Surveying and spatial scientists will be in a capability deficit position at the national level for the next five years to FY2023
    • It will not be until the mid 2020s when the capability deficit sustainable swings back towards surplus
    • New South Wales and Victoria are currently experiencing the largest workforce gaps of all states and territories in Australia
    • Undergraduate commencements and completions in geomatics engineering degrees have increased
    • The surveying profession has also been able to boost supply, albeit perhaps temporarily, as older surveyors have stayed in the profession for longer
    • Workforce gaps are likely to remain over the next five years despite a correction in residential activity as governments roll out more transport infrastructure and as the private sector increases investment in non-residential building and mining
  • 13/03/2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    In our fifth podcast interview we interview Dr Karen Joyce, Education Director of She Maps.

    She Maps is about bringing diversity into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) so that traditional sectors sector benefits from greater diversity.

    The Surveyors' Trust is proud to be partnering with She Maps to introduce the concept of surveying to students in primary and public schools across Queensland.

    The Surveyors' Trust interview with Dr Karen Joyce from She Maps

  • 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
    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

    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

    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.

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