The private surveyor as a spatial data custodian in the local community

Wilcox, Colin Gordon (2004) The private surveyor as a spatial data custodian in the local community. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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With approximately 2200 land surveying businesses in Australia service differentiation
is increasingly focused on the implementation and use of Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) as a business enabler. However the surveying profession does not appear
to be using the available tools to leverage their extensive spatial knowledge to the
benefit of their clients and the local community.
The aim of this project was to investigate the feasibility of value added spatial data
services being provided by the private survey industry. The research approach looked at
the experience of related industries, collecting information on a range of measures from
surveyors through a questionnaire and analysing the results to develop appropriate
conclusions and recommendations.
Any issues raised in the questionnaire that appeared to indicate constraints on the
surveyors ability to undertake these types of services were investigated to determine if
the constraint could be relaxed or removed. All of this information was then compared
with the academic and professional literature to draw out lessons for the industry,
consider the impacts on the profession, look at the role of digital data in the community
and consider any implementation issues with GIS.
The project demonstrated that it is feasible for surveyors to implement GIS using the
project toolbox model. However diffusion of GIS technology is not yet pervasive in the
industry meaning the wider goal of demonstrating custodianship capability for the local
community is not yet achievable. While there appear to be a number of constraints to
implementation, they are predominantly within the control of the surveyor.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), project toolbox model, surveying profession
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)

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