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The Australasian magazine of surveying, mapping & geo-information
3D visualisation, software and services; Urban planning and
infrastructure; Big data: managing modern systems; BIM.
Emergency and disaster management; UAS; Defence.
On the cover
Extensive use of automated surveying equipment ensured the
accurate construction of Mt Mercer Wind Farm.
The Australasian magazine of sur veying, mapping & geo -information
December/Januar y 2016 -- No. 80
surveying technology helps
energise a wind farm
Official publication of
Land Tasm ania
Snakes and latitudes
National GIS mapping
of snake bites
Un-manning sur veying
Let's throw out
from the editor
Let's talk about it
As a journalist and magazine editor, I have --
and do -- observed and written about many
industries from international trade and
transport, manufacturing technology, mining and
earthmoving, to the spatial sciences with Position
magazine and the Spatial Source website.
The surveying and spatial industry has early on
struck me as one in which, despite it being highly
technical and practical, traditionally a 'man's
domain', women have excelled and participated with
much greater knowledge and enthusiasm than any of
Going to conferences and talking to attendees,
I am always impressed by the passion and interest
women attach to their profession, leaving many men
in their wake.
So you can understand that it is with some sadness and concern that I occasionally
hear someone from the industry quietly bring up the issue of sexual differentiation and
discrimination. It is, therefore, with considerable keenness I received and published Gina
Velde's passionate discussion of the subject, in her article appearing on pages 16-17 titled
Let's un-man the stereotype.
Gina's knowledge, experience, interest and enthusiasm in/for the industry is second
to none and well known by those who know her. Her discussion of the topic is lively
and makes for interesting reading. I urge you to have a read, turn to page 16.
More topics to talk about
In addition to Gina Velde's passionate piece, there are many other, perhaps less
controversial but equally interesting, articles to read, absorb, and discuss with your
friends, colleagues and others.
Does, for example, the Australian surveying and spatial sciences industry need a
modern datum that promises "to provide a coordinate reference frame for now and into
the future"? You can read about that in Daniel Jaksa's thought-provoking article Moving
Australia into the future starting on page 22.
And as we prepare for a summer of fires, it is good to know that the CSIRO is actively
preparing, by developing a new platform for fire spread control and decision support
capability -- see "An integrated framework for wildfire simulations", beginning on page 18.
We hope you will once again enjoy reading your Position magazine, and as always, I
look forward to your comments.
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