Positioning and GNSS CORS infrastructure Workshop

Hosted by UN-GGIM, FIG and GA

Date: 15 August 2019
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Darwin Convention Centre

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Geospatial Reference Systems including datums, infrastructure and standards are being modernised though out Asia and the Pacific. The drivers or purpose for such activity varies from country to country. In Australia, for example, it is to ensure people can get the maximum benefit from the centimetre level positioning technology which will be available within the next four years. This workshop will present case studies from various countries in the region in relation to the status of their Geospatial Reference Systems including geodetic infrastructure (e.g. GNSS CORS networks), datums (horizontal and vertical), geodetic standards, the role of the Asia Pacific Reference Frame (APREF), the challenges we all face, and how change or initiatives are being implemented to solve related social, technical and environmental issues.

The workshop will also demonstrate the value of a modernised geodetic infrastructure and system underpinning the nation’s fundamental spatial datasets, how it influences positioning infrastructure and applications in numerous industries, nurtures innovation, and also provide insight into what our positioning and geospatial environment may look like in the future.

Presentations will be sourced from invited speakers and the SEASC technical program so as to get perspectives from different sectors, including government, commercial, academia and the operational grass root industry. 

Our workshop will be open to all delegates and would like interaction of attendees with speakers to discuss the needs of the surveying and geospatial professions.


Modernising the Cadastre

Hosted by Brent Jones, ESRI

Date: 15 August 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Darwin Convention Centre

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Cadastre is one of a nation’s foundation data sets that provides the “where is it” to rights, responsibilities and restrictions over land and water . It also provides security to tenure or property, and socioeconomic stability to its people in a market economy.

The Cadastre however is not immune to rapidly changing technology, and user demands or expectations, consequently there is growing pressure to improve the quality (accuracy), accessibility, usability and currency of this data set and the system tools that manage it. 

To achieve this our cadastre needs to be modernised.  This means our cadastral data and systems in the commercial and government sectors need to deliver more efficient interoperability, have the ability to evolve with technology, and be expandable. It also needs to be web-enabled, standards-based, configured – not overly hard coded, services oriented and accessible through cloud computing services. 

For the modern day surveyor and geospatial professional modernising the cadastre is inevitable.  Surveyors need to participate in this workshop to

  • Understand the components of modernisation.
  • Ensure the cadastral record is paramount and authoritative – parcel and ownership data
  • Recognise their role and future capabilities.
  • Effectively use technology
  • Comprehend the impact of privatisation of land registries or services; and
  • What survey professionals need to do to lead the way

Presentations on the above will be delivered by individuals specialising in this field and will facilitate discussions on such matters.


Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) Workshop - The Singapore Experience

Hosted by Mr Lee Eng Soon, Survey Department & Land Planning Division of JTC Corporation

Date: 17 August 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Darwin Convention Centre

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Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) refers to the use of digital technologies and information to enable stakeholders to work collaboratively on integrated platforms throughout the planning, design, construction and building life-cycle.

IDD initiative underscores the nation’s efforts in transforming its construction industry towards building a Smart Nation. It aims to strengthen capabilities to positively impact the land administration, planning ,architecture, engineering, construction and operations technologies.

The scope of IDD includes upstream digital design, digital surveying, digital manufacturing/ fabrication, digital construction to digital asset delivery and management.

Within the adoption of IDD, the role of the Surveyor or Geomatics Engineer is pivotal as he is responsible for the creation, management, maintenance and sharing of Geo-contents, that fundamentally allows integration of information.

This session aims to share how both the public and private sector Surveyors are collaborating in response to the IDD initiatives.

Also it highlights the role of the Surveyors in the development of digital twin as the fundamental dataset for Singapore’s Smart Nation quest.


Drone Photogrammetry Workshop

Facilitated by Time Whiteside, Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist

Date: 17 August 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Darwin Convention Centre

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At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to undertake a basic photogrammetric workflow to process photography captured by an off the shelf drone using readily available software. Products created will include high spatial resolution orthomosaics and 3D point clouds.

Topics covered will include:

  • Image acquisition including flight planning, ground control, tips for optimal results and pitfalls to avoid
  • Processing workflows including image selection, processing parameters and editing
  • Analysis to turn data into information
  • Important things to consider when using drones for work

Participants will need to bring their own laptop. Prior to workshop participants will be informed of what software they need to load up.




Tim Whiteside


Remote Sensing Scientist, Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist


Workshop: Drone Photogrammetry

Dr. Tim Whiteside is a remote sensing scientist within the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist. Tim’s main research area is the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with multispectral, hyperspectral and LiDAR sensors for mapping and monitoring of mine site rehabilitation including revegetation success. He holds a CASA Remote Pilots License for both multi-rotor and fixed wing aircraft and has been flying drones and collecting data for over 5 years.

Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS


Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri


Based in Washington D.C., Brent Jones oversees Esri’s worldwide strategic planning, business development, and marketing activities for land records, cadastral, surveying, and land administration. As a recognized innovator, Jones specializes in modernizing existing land administration systems and designing new GIS-based cadastral management systems for small and large governments globally. He is a member of the URISA board of directors, past president of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association and a current member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information Management sitting on the Expert Group on Land Administration and Management. Established in 1969, Esri creates systems that drive all components of land and cadastral administration, including addressing, registration, taxation/valuation, planning, and development.


Diversity and Inclusion Forum

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In an age of digital disruption, globalisation and a rapidly changing environment, diverse and inclusive workforces are fundamental to ensuring our relevance and value in the future.  Australian and global research reinforces that diversity and inclusion brings opportunity, creativity, a wider range of skills, better collaboration, increased innovation and better decision-making.  Are these benefits our industry would like to realise? If this is of interest then please attend the SEASC 2019 Darwin forum on “Diversity and Inclusion”. This open forum will provide an overview of what diversity and inclusion is, the status of diversity in our surveying profession, the challenges and benefits, and actions you can take to make a difference. Presenters will be from our industry, and include some key individuals who have embraced diversity and made a difference



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Understanding the current status of licensing or registration frameworks for land boundary surveying will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities that need to be explored to meet the changing demands of our future profession.  It is anticipated that presentations on related topics will provide the stimulus for productive and collaborative discussions with key representatives of licensing or registration boards, the Asia Pacific surveying profession and other interested parties to identify the priorities that need to be considered and addressed. This open session will be facilitated by the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand. It will also focus on the opportunities for reciprocal recognition of qualifications and regulatory licensing arrangements in the Asia Pacific region.  All delegates interested in a National “action agenda” should attend, as this will influence the future of land boundary surveying.


Answers to the following will be discussed –

  • What is the future role and purpose of the licensing or registration surveying boards?
  • Is our regulatory and / or professional structure / framework set up to meet the “challenges” and “trends” of today and the future?
  • Is the current demographic and capabilities of our industry, prepared for the future?
  • What are the impediments if change is required?
  • What needs to be done and how can we commence implementation?



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