ISV 2018 Surveying Expo – Adaptation and Implementation
The ISV Surveying Expo is the annual expo for the surveyors of Victoria to come together and discuss ideas and challenges currently facing the surveying industry. Demonstrations and exhibitions of the latest spatial technology are also on show, with some of those featured not yet being available to the public market. Taylors young surveyor, Maxim Tyun, had the opportunity to present on the ‘Cadastral Learnings and the changing face of Feature Survey – A Young Surveyors Perspective’ to a reputable audience of surveyors and ISV members.
Attendees and presenters at the event ranged from lecturers and the state treasurer, to developers and equipment retailers and was “a fantastic chance to exchange ideas with fellow surveyors as well as old friends.” ‘Max did an excellent job of highlighting the impacts of technology on the present and future surveying practices and emphasising the importance of quality and accuracy as a constant.’
With such a large amount of subject matter covered during the expo, the takeaways for Taylors attendees were abundant. “Surveying as a profession is in a constant state of flux and we must evolve as an industry to always stay relevant. With a massive amount of work underway across the state, surveyors must be aware of the long-term developmental goals set by the government and what part they will play in its realisation. We must take care to ensure technical changes in our industry are communicated to clients and consultants to avoid any potential mistakes.’
The expo overall boasted a notable lineup of speakers, with the state treasurer, Tim Pallas, delivering an interesting opening discussing the importance of the role surveyors play in the ongoing vitality of Melbourne. Other significant presentations included:
– Keynote speaker Dr Daniel Mansfield presenting ‘This 3,700 Year Old Babylonian Clay Tablet Just Changed the History of Maths’, which showed that the tablet was ‘a very precise form of trigonometry used for surveying in Ancient Babylon’.
– The ‘Smart Cities Forum: A Panel Discussion’ featuring Craig Sandy (Surveyor-General Victoria), Mohsen Kalantari (University of Melbourne), and Tom Champion (ISV President). The need for Land Registry reform was stressed and Craig Sandy made the clarification that ‘Smart Cities are not just about technology, but the implementation of technology to create cities that are affordable, accessible, sustainable, efficient, productive and liveable.”
The main takeaway from the expo emphasised the need to drive innovation and improvement in the industry which would be vital in securing the future of the profession. The role of the surveyor will not be minimised or eliminated by the change of technology or industry.
The surveying industry is changing, so innovation and adaptation are key. ‘We must adapt to this change at the same pace as our clients and address the pros and cons that arise.’