The New South Wales Surveying & Mapping Industry Council had its origin in ASMI (Australian Surveying and Mapping Industries) Conferences and in a Task Force formed at a meeting of fifty seven surveying & mapping industry leaders that was chaired by the CMA (Central Mapping Authority) Director, Frank Urban, on 8 August 1986. The Task Force was known as "SMARTNUP": Survey Mapping And Related Activities Task Force New South Wales United Industry Plan. It met sixteen times, issued four newsletters and achieved the following:
undertook an inventory of the Australian surveying & mapping industry
fostered AUSTCON ("Australian Consultants") to promote Export Initiatives
facilitated three joint meetings of the NSW Divisional Committees of the threeInstitutions
initiated two joint R&D projects between the Educational/Private/Government sectors
assisted the CMA in contracting out survey work
The Task Force met on 14 September 1987 to consider the formation of an industry council. Invited to the meeting were representatives from the NSW Divisions of the following organisations:
Institution of Surveyors Australia
Australian Institute of Cartographers
Institution of Engineering and Mining Surveyors
Association of Consulting Surveyors
Survey & Mapping Lecturers Association of Australia
Australian Photogrammetric & Remote Sensing Society
Central Mapping Authority, Department of Lands
Surveyor-General of NSW
The inaugural meeting of the New South Wales Surveying & Mapping Industry Council was held on Thursday 5 November 1987. The Council originally comprised of six representatives of Institutions/Associations together with four Government representatives elected by the State Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC).
The NSW Surveyor-General, Don Grant, was the Council's representative on the federal body, the Australian Surveying & Mapping Industries Council (ASMIC). This Council first met on 8-9 December 1987 in Canberra, and NSW members included Frank Urban (CMA), Bernie Moriarty (ACSA), Fritz Brunner (ASMLA), Norm Mann (IEMSA) and Dick Lovegrove (AURISA). ASMIC folded in mid 1991 following the withdrawal of AURISA, ACSA and the support of the Tasmanian & Queensland governments.
The Surveying & Mapping Industry Council of NSW (SMIC) held its first AGM on 22 July 1988. Bernie Moriarty (Association of Consulting Surveyors) was elected Chairman for 1988-89; the NSW Surveyor-General, Don Grant, became Deputy Chairman and Norm Mann (Institution of Engineering and Mining Surveyors) was elected the Secretary-Treasurer. Jeff Larsen (Department of Lands) was the Council's first Executive Officer as well as being Executive Secretary of ASMIC.
Over the years, the Council has been led by only five Chairs: Charles Champion (for 3 months from 5 November 1987), Bernie Moriarty (1988-1990), Norm Mann (1990-1999), Mark Gordon (1999-2013) and Narelle Underwood (2013 to present).
Today, SMIC is recognised as an independent peak body comprised of delegates from a diverse range of NSW spatial information industry organisations, representing professional, business, government and educational interests. Currently, these organisations are the Institution of Surveyors, the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia, the Spatial Sciences Institute, the Institution of Engineering & Mining Surveyors, the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors, the Association of Consulting Surveyors, the Geospatial Information Technology Association, the Australasian Hydrographic Society, the Association of Aerial Surveyors Australia, the government Survey & Mapping Managers' Forum, NSW TAFE, the University of NSW and the University of Newcastle. The NSW Surveyor-General is also an individual member of the Council. The Council plays an active role in fulfilling all of its objectives and is particularly focussed on the standards of education for people wishing to participate in the wider spatial information industry.
SMIC Foundation Members 1987
Left to right: Bernie Moriarty - ACS; Graham Russell - MSIA, previously AIC; Jeff Larsen - Exec Officer; Greg Thompson - Govt Surveyors; Norm Mann - IEMS; Daryl Clarke - AASA; Terry Lagalow - AS&MLA; Charles Champion - SG Rep; Graeme Steele - ISNSW; Tony Hart - Govt / Land Information; John Webber - Govt Surveyors
100th General Meeting 2005
Back Row: Karl Bretreger (UNewcastle), Grant Kilpatrick (TAFE), Bruce Douglas (GITA), Greg Livingstone (SMMF), Colin Mitford (SMMF/MSIA), Rick Bartholomew (IEMS), Paul Brady (TAFE), Craig Roberts (UNSW), Chris Rizos (UNSW)
Front Row: Paul Harcombe (S-G Representative), Diane North (ACS), Mark Gordon (Chairman/SMMF), Warwick Watkins (S-G), Venessa O'Connell (AHS), Kevin Volk (Executive Officer)
Absent: Dennis Baker (AIMS), David Bruce (SSI SI), Peter Howick (AASA), Roy Lowe (ISNSW).