Surveying & Mapping Industry Council of NSW
The Surveying & Mapping Industry Council of NSW (SMIC NSW) is the peak geospatial information industry body in NSW, with representatives from government, private industry, professionals and the tertiary education sectors.
A Career with Options
Land Surveyors ensure the integrity of our property boundaries and legally define the dimensions of new and existing land and strata titles. Land surveyors provide professional consulting services to a range of clients and provide advice on council requirements and state planning legislation. They design and project-manage sustainable subdivisions featuring water sensitive urban design.
Large scale monitoring of the environment using satellite imagery is of increasing importance to measure water resources, salination, land clearing as well as hazard management. New high resolution remote sensing satellites provide optical and radar imagery to monitor movements of volcanoes, earthquakes and mud slides. Geodetic Surveyors monitor sea level rise to incredible accuracy using satellite observations linked with precise tide gauges.
Mining is one of our most valuable export industries. All aspects of mining operations require mining surveyors working in dynamic and diverse environments to locate ore bodies in three dimensions and compute excavation stockpiles. They produce mine plans using the latest in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), automated surveying technology and computer aided drafting.
Traditionally aerial photography was the only way to produce topographic maps. Today, with digital cameras, laser scanners (either on the ground or in a plane), satellite imagery and high powered visualisation software, virtual 3D cities are being developed to assist planning and management of natural and built environments. Precise photographic mapping is used in a diverse range of applications including re-constructive surgery, forensic criminal investigations and serious car accidents.
Hydrographic surveying involves the measurement and mapping of marine areas. They use GNSS technology linked with sonars, tide gauges and underwater laser scanners to monitor the silting of river beds and dredging of a river mouth to provide safe passage for shipping. Off shore Hydrographic Surveyors use their skills for gas, oil and mineral exploration, pipe laying and environmental research.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computerised layers of spatially interrelated maps which may include roads, underground services, vegetation, retail outlets, population distribution: anything really! Integrating these databases in real time with GPS positions or other devices opens a new world of location based services. GIS Specialists ensure that these layers inter-link for analysis and planning to meet the needs of the community and our changing natural and built environments.
Surveyors use satellite positioning technology at its most precise and accurate level. Surveyors and spatial professionals use modern wireless positioning infrastructure for all surveying applications and also provide mapping services for flood plain studies, coastal monitoring, natural resource management and marking land for tree planting to provide carbon offsets. Wireless positioning is being used for a range of new mobile phone applications and in-car navigation systems.
The infrastructure boom requires more Engineering Surveyors than ever before. From the Olympic stadium, the Pacific Highway, the Lane Cove tunnel or the M7 orbital road and all new major high rise developments in the CBD, Engineering Surveyors are there from project launch to completion. The Engineering Surveyor is responsible for pre-design detail surveys, construction, ongoing monitoring of structures and final check surveys to ensure everything is where it should be.