Home' Position : Position 89 Jun-Jul 2017 Contents provide solutions to these problems.
Surveyors are the professionals on
the ground that enable and make land
markets work. Opening a dialogue with
policy makers, economists and social
scientists of the global land profession and
understanding their dialogue will be the
key to the future success of the global land
Comment on the sale of
State Land Registries
As we are fortunate to be amongst 30%
of the worlds countries which have an
efficient land administration system,
the community takes this for granted
and is unaware of the standards and
expertise required to make such systems
function. These land administration
systems generate significant wealth for
governments. On one hand we have the
need to provide proper global standards for
developing countries and on the other hand
well founded systems once established
generate significant funds for government.
Cash strapped governments are now
discovering that for short term opportunism,
they can get a quick dollar and mortgage the
future, if they sell off their land registries.
The process is almost complete in NSW
with negligible community consultation;
South Australia is in early stages of
consultation and after earlier reports that
privatisation of land registries was not part
of Labor policy; the Victorian Treasurer in
the budget just handed down, revealed that
as part of the government’s Asset Recycling
Policy, a scoping study would be undertaken
to examining the possibility of the sale of the
Victorian Land Registry.
Similar to other jurisdictions
overseas, as more awareness of the
important role of a jurisdictions land
registry is understood, the more the
opposition of the community grows to
privatisation of this essential service,
with concerns around the increasing
risk of fraud, misuse of personal data,
conflicts of interest and increasing costs
of property transactions.
SSSI will be liaising with like bodies
and advocating to maintain the protection
of the community interest and security
of tenure as being paramount in any
discussions regarding the privatisation of
such a government monopoly.
Chair - SSSI Land Surveying
Commission National Committee
Spatial Information Day keeps getting bigger and better
Adelaide’s Spatial Information Day
(SID) conference has come a long
way since its humble beginnings
as a small gathering of Adelaide-based
spatial professionals 20 years ago. Today,
SID has become Australia’s largest one-
day spatial industry event.
This year SID continues to build
on its well-earned reputation with
international and prominent Australian
keynote addresses including Faheem
Khan, International Vice President of
Leica Geosystems (Singapore); Sebastiaan
Helsen, Product Manager of Luciad
(Belgium); and Gary Johnson, Head of
Esri Australia's Innovation Lab.
In a slight change of program structure
from previous years, the morning session
will feature all keynote addresses,
culminating in a Q&A style panel session
before lunch. This promises to be great
opportunity for the audience to interact
with the international guests in an open
and unscripted discussion.
Following lunch, the program will
expand into three major project streams
featuring accomplished presenters
speaking on projects and new initiatives
of significance. The final session will
include five specialist quick-fire streams
(15 minute presentations) where activities
from all levels of government, businesses,
not-for-profits, and academia will be
presented and discussed.
The program concludes with
happy hour from 5pm, sponsored by
DigitalGlobe for the eighth-year running,
before transitioning into the APSEA-SA
Dinner at the picturesque Panorama
Room overlooking Adelaide Oval and the
Riverbank precinct at 7pm.
In addition to a vibrant program,
SID offers generous breaks, giving
delegates ample opportunity to converse
with colleagues, friends, speakers and
exhibitors in the exhibition hall where
leading commercial providers display
advances in technology. A tour of the
exhibition booths, organised by the SSSI
Young Professionals, has also become a
highlight for students and those new to the
spatial industry to get up close and learn
from established industry professionals.
SID2017 welcomes BuildSA
For the first time, BuildSA, the industry
body for BIM professionals, joins SSSI
and SIBA as an organising partner for this
event. As an emerging spatial discipline, a
BIM stream has been added to the already
diverse program covering Surveying, GIS,
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry.
Complimentary to the BIM presentation
stream is the addition of Saab Australia
as a sponsor and exhibitor. Saab’s
international centre of excellence for
mixed reality visualisation is based in
Adelaide and a booth will be set up running
HoloLens demonstrations all day. Delegates
will need to book in quick as there will be a
limited number of spots available.
SID2017 keeps getting bigger
Despite many conferences struggling for
attendance post-GFC, SID continues to
attract around 400 registrations per year.
With the addition of BuildSA, this number
is expected to reach 500, solidifying SID
as the largest one-day spatial industry
event in Australia.
A growing trend has been the number of
interstate speakers, sponsors and delegates.
With tickets starting from just $155
for early bird SSSI members, SID also
represents the best value spatial science’s
conference in Australia.
SID2017 will take place 11 August
at the Adelaide Convention
Centre. For more information visit
SSSI sustaining partners
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