The LSC National Committee held a teleconference on the 25th October 2011. The general business section of the meeting was particularly interesting as it included robust discussion on:
- Status of the SSSI MOU with the ASPNG
- A proposal for a MOU with the Fiji Institute of Surveyors
- Assistance to Fiji National University to gain Fiji Surveyors Board recognition of the Uni Surveying Course
- Assistance to Fiji Lands for WGS72 to WGS84 conversion
- Australian Standard for Control Surveys – SP1 – A proposal for SSSI LSC to develop a standard
- Funding of The Transit of Venus project.
- Registered / Licensed Surveyors – content of examinations / projects assessed by Surveyors Boards
Anyone for Tennis?
In late September 2011 SSSI Head Office received the following email from the ITF:
“The International Tennis Federation has recently launched an "ITF Recognition" programme for tennis court surfaces, by which surfaces are tested according to methods for evenness, slope and planarity, dimensions, etc., following which the client receives an ITF Recognition certificate. The ITF is urgently seeking surveying companies throughout Australia who could undertake this work. How can I reach to your members with this message?"
The Chair of the LSC replied:
“The LSC has divisions in each State of Australia. Each Division has representatives on the LSC National Committee who in turn can communicate directly with their respective State surveying members. Can I suggest that you might like to provide me with a brief of just what the work may entail or a web site contact that details the work? I can then communicate this information directly to the various States.”
Watch this space in this regard.
Update on the activities of the PLRA
The PLRA is the Property Law Reform Alliance.
SSSI is represented on the PLRA by the Chair of the LSC – John Minehan
The PLRA comprises a diverse group of property professionals that includes representatives from the Law Societies of NSW, Victoria and South Australia - Property Council of Australia - Australian Institute of Conveyancers - Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Australian Property Institute - Urban Development Institute of Australia National Community Titles Institute - Real Estate Institute of Australia - RICS Oceania - Spatial Industries Business Association - Master Builders Australia.
- The last meeting of PLRA was in Melbourne on 9th September 2011
- Main item on the Agenda was the release of the draft of the Uniform Torrens Title Act (UTTA) for comment
- The UTTA has been prepared by Professor Peter Butt - a noted Torrens Title expert
- The UTTA has been in the making for about 4 years
- Suggested changes to the UTTA were made at the meeting and are presently being collated
- The concept of a UTTA is agreed to in principle by all.
- The Federal Attorney-General’s Department has provided funds to assist the PLRA prepare a cost benefit analysis of the UTTA – part of the Federal Government’s harmonisation mantra
- An item of interest for Surveyors on the PLRA Agenda is the proposal to look at “an uniform approach to community and strata titling and the simpler processes for managing such schemes”
Who is SUE and what has SUE been up to?
The SUE (Subsurface Utility Engineering) Project is developing an Australian Standard for the mapping of underground utilities.
The Development of SUE
- 2010 February: BOSSI NSW and Cardno approach Standards Australia
- 2010 May: Standards Australia holds a SUE Stakeholder Engagement Forum with RTA NSW the named Proponent
- 2010 August: RTA NSW submits formal SUE standard proposal to SA
- 2010 October: Standards Australia (SA) approves the proposal and submits a budget
- 2010 - 2011: SMIC NSW organises sufficient funding to commence the project
- 2010: SA confirms financial commitment from funders and negotiates Agreements
- 2010: SA invites national organisations to be represented on the Development Committee and appoints Chairman. SSSI Land Surveying Commission Chair John Minehan appointed SSSI representative
- 2011 March: Preliminary Development Committee meeting held
- 2011 March: First meeting of the Standards Drafting Committee held
- 2011 August: Kick-off meeting for Standards Australia SUE Development Committee
- 2011 October : The Development Committee & Standards Drafting Committee meet
- 2011 November: SUE Committee chair (Mark Gordon) to present paper at SSSC2011
Hopefully this will be the start of getting NZ involved with the Standard to be called IT- 036
- 2012 April: SUE Committee chair (Mark Gordon) to present paper at National Land Surveying Conference in Melbourne
- 2013 Feb/Mar: Final Standard target date for Publishing (18 months from kick-off and subject to committee consensus)
Next month’s Geo Message will provide details of the Development Committee Nominating Organisations involved, IT-036 Committee member responsibilities, IT-036 expected outcomes, content development to date, the Intent of IT-036 and the possible impact of IT-036 on the average punter.
A Surveying Conference for Surveyors – developed by Surveyors and presented by Surveyors. The SSSI Land Surveying Commission National Conference will be held in Melbourne from18-21 April 2012. The theme of the Conference is “Expanding on Tradition” and the venue is “The Sebel” at Albert Park. National issues that impact in the day to day practice of Surveying will be presented including but not limited to:
- National Property Law Reform
- E plan
- Australian Standard for Underground Utility Mapping
- National planning policies
- Coastal Region implications of climate change
- Natural Disaster Alliances and Emergency Response
- The use of GPS in Cadastral Surveying
- CPD – A National policy?
The venue is locked in and an Accompanying Persons program has been arranged
On the closing day as part of Australian Heritage Week there will also be a focus on heritage related topics and an ISA Reunion.
A call for papers is about to issue and Sponsorship Packages are being prepared.