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The Australasian magazine of surveying, mapping & geo-information from the editor
Bold new beginnings
With this being my first issue as editor, I
am very pleased to report on an exciting
year ahead for Position magazine and
SpatialSource.com.au, as well as an equally
positive outlook for the surveying profession and
We are set to see 2016 become--among many
things--the year that augmented reality takes off,
the year that open data becomes the norm and, like
each of my nine years in this field, a year we face
disruptions that few could have anticipated. Since
technology is making business more unpredictable
each day, there has never been a more critical time to keep ahead of trends.
In line with this, Position 81 is perhaps the most forward-looking issue you will
read. An inspiring Q&A with the impressive Dr Catherine Ball on page 14 exemplifies
the power of diversity in our field and also warns that if you are not evolving, you are
actually going backwards. A surveying firm that has evolved, MNG Surveys, is featured
on page 18 for their journey from traditional surveyors to augmented reality pioneers.
Founding editor of Position John Fairall's detailed feature on page 26, also explores a
technology that could profoundly re-shape land ownership as we know it.
Putting together this issue of Position would not have been possible without the
ongoing help of former editor Charles Pauka. I sincerely thank Charles for his enduring
contribution to Position's high reputation. He still sits two desks down from me and I
will make sure his editorial knowledge continues to benefit the publication.
Our new national advertising manager, Nicola Scarf, also joined us in December.
Coming from a GIS and geological sciences background, together Nicola and I will be
looking to take Position to new heights, while ensuring to maintain its hard-earned
reputation. This year we have much to look forward to, with a new website and
GeoNext 2016 on the way, as well as the potential launch of an exciting new sister
publication (I can say no more).
Finally, I would like to extend my invitation to you all to contribute to the publication
by sending me any feedback, insights and leads, or to simply introduce yourself.
I hope you enjoy reading Position and I eagerly look forward to becoming more
involved in this exciting industry.
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On the cover
'Fractal Sphere Steel 3D Structures' by digital artist and
Pixabay user Pete Linforth.
The Au stralasian m agazine of surveying, mapping & geo-informatio n
Februa r y/March 2016 -- No. 81
exploring numerous possible futures
Official publication of
20 years of LiDAR
leads the way
Neoge ogr aphy
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