March 2018

Welcome from your new CEO

2 March 2018

Hello and Happy Chinese New Year,

Welcome to the first CRCSI Update for 2018. It is hard to believe we are already two months into the year. Our team and projects have started with great enthusiasm and energy. As we head towards the windup of CRCSI in June and the transition and launch of our new entity I wanted to provide you with an update on changes to the roles and responsibilities within the CRCSI following my appointment as CEO.

Please welcome Melanie Plumb into her new role as Chief Operating Officer and Nathan Quadros to his, as Chief Commercial Officer of the CRCSI. Nathan also joins Melanie, Phil Collier and myself on the CRCSI Executive team. The CRCSI has a strong and supportive team, a strong group of projects and a long list of strong prospective opportunities before it in 2018.

It is a very exciting time for the spatial sector. The technological changes and disruption continue at a rapid pace. Location technologies and spatial information are influencing other industry sectors more than ever, and providing insights we couldn’t anticipate at the start of the CRCSI (way back in 2003). I speak on behalf of our entire team when I say we are looking forward to building on the solid foundations of the CRCSI to push the power of 'where' within the Australian and New Zealand economies.

Watch this space, there will be more to announce in the coming months as we move to our next frontier!


Dynamic Cadastre

The ‘Implications of the Dynamic Datum’ project started in August 2017 and the research team released an interim report in January 2018. The report highlights that a large, coordinated effort will be required to successfully implement the dynamic datum across the cadastre.

Project leaders Maurits van der Vlugt and Adrian White spoke with us about the project and the recent developments.

“Our project looks at the impact of the dynamic datum, where coordinates move in real time with the tectonic plate, on the NSW Cadastre, and by association its impact on other foundation datasets across the nation,” Maurits said.

“We are examining how a dynamic datum will impact the acquisition, management and dissemination of cadastral data, and what tasks, tools and procedures will be needed to ensure the adoption will be as smooth and painless as possible. The project will run until June 2018 and will deliver a clear understanding of the impacts of a dynamic datum, the tools and procedures to manage these impacts and a national implementation roadmap,” he said.

If you’d like further information about the background of the project head to the CRCSI website project page

“In January,” Adrian said, “we published our first interim report which highlights the barriers to implementation and the future expectations. We looked at these barriers across five aspects: technology, data, standards, people and governance.

“The main conclusion: while there will potentially be a positive impact of ATRF implementation on the NSW Cadastre, it will be subject to a nationally coordinated implementation that considers many technical, as well as non-technical aspects,” Adrian explained.

Maurits said that we will need to consider legal and governance issues, user awareness and training, as well as managing the risk of confusion and complication.

“We do not want this move to a dynamic datum to confuse cadastral users, or put them off. It would be counterproductive if it encouraged users to start managing their own cadastral data. We need to ensure that they continue to use the NSW Digital Cadastral Database (DCDB), so we need to think about a clear way to make the transition easy and not too daunting,” Maurits said.

“At the moment, we are conducting market analysis and implementation planning, to produce an executable, resourced roadmap by March 2018. This will help identify which users will be impacted, guide the implementation and mitigate the risks we foresee with this big change.”

Even though it is going to take some work, rest assured, Maurits and Adrian agree that if well executed, the transition will be painless and give you more accurate, real-time coordinates to support your business.

If you would like to know more about this project, Maurits and/or Adrian would love to hear from you:

• Adrian White, Program Manager – Cadastre NSW
+61 2 8224 3601

• Maurits van der Vlugt, Research Officer – Mercury Project Solutions
+61 4 00 188 267

Social architectures and linked data

Our Spatial Infrastructure’s Board Chair, Joseph Abhayaratna, spoke at ISO/TC211 Outreach Seminar at LINZ last November. Jo’s talk delved into linked data, with a bent on social architectures. He began by reminding the audience of Claudia Gatsby’s (Huffington Post journo) 2014 definition: “Social architecture is the conscious design of an environment that encourages a desired range of behaviours leading toward a goal or set of goals.” And then explained just how many organisations in Australia and New Zealand are working together to do just that.

Their goal is to incrementally build a knowledge infrastructure with a small number of high value Linked Data resources, and to demonstrate the benefits of publishing in this manner.

The conditions are ripe for more activities of this nature to occur.

Watch Jo’s presentation along with others from the day on the LINZ YouTube Channel

Australian Cancer Atlas

Cancer Council Queensland and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have teamed up with us and our partner Queensland University of Technology to develop the first Australian Cancer Atlas. They’ve just launched the website and are making waves with their interdisciplinary research.

The Australian Cancer Atlas will deliver a freely accessible, interactive, online platform to show Australians how cancer varies depending on where they live.

It will provide a comprehensive national picture of how cancer screening, diagnosis and survival varies across the country across small geographical areas. It will include estimates for up to 20 different cancer types, making it possible to identify key geographical differences in cancer diagnosis and outcomes.

The expected launch date of the Atlas is July 2018. Until then, the team has developed an Australian Cancer Atlas website and newsletter to keep you informed on the progress of this exciting project.

If you would like to receive further updates on the Atlas, please subscribe to the newsletter.

If you have any other questions or feedback please get in touch with the project leads

More information about the project visit the Australian Cancer Atlas website.

PhD student publishes book chapter

Spatial Infrastructure’s PhD candidate Feiyan Yu presented at the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services in Zurich in January. His paper was selected to be published as a chapter in the book, "Progress of Location Based Services 2018".

Feiyan’s chapter looks at the challenges of conflating multiple geospatial data sets into a single dataset. The book chapter is available online.

World-first water quality monitoring tool

43pl member EOMAP and UNESCO launched a world-first global water quality monitoring tool in mid-February. It is hoped the online portal will provide countries with valuable information, and decision-making support, about the quality of their water supplies. Built using quality analytics and visualisation tools the application combines near real-time Earth Observation and satellite data so users can interactively browse world-wide water quality information.

Visit the portal.

SBAS Updates

Our SBAS partners ORBICA began testing L1 and L5 signals in October. They’ve been successfully testing since then and the last couple of weeks have seen them with some great headlines. News about their SBAS project made it into New Zealand’s Business Review Weekly and they won big for their AI solutions at the Beyond Conventions event in Essen, Germany.

Read more at the ORBICA blog.

43pl member Position Partners, have two SBAS projects running – one in construction and one in rail. They are focussed on R&D in 2018. Learn more about the potential these SBAS projects have to improve safety and productivity across rail and construction.

Read more on the Position Partners website.