Surveyor General NSW (Sydney or Bathurst location)
This is the leader and regulator of the land and mining surveying profession in NSW; provides expert advice to the Minister and Secretary; and plays a key advocacy role in the spatial industry.
Expressions of interest are sought from talented and engaging leaders seeking to make a difference, deliver benefits and value to the community, and contribute to the future of the profession, particularly during a time of demand from property/construction sectors, the digital economy and location based services.
Congratulations to AIMS Member James Sherritt for receiving the Clarence Smith Jeffries award for Best Mine Surveying Candidate for the 2015 assessments, as well as the inaugural Surveyor General's award for the best overall Candidate for 2015.
The AIMS Mine Surveying Scholarships continue for three years for full-time surveying students. Nigel Atkinson accepted the invitation to attend the Awards Dinner in Toowoomba as our representative, where he presented Dustin Calapardo with his certificate.
After talking with him, Nigel discovered that his father Rod is also a mine surveyor who works at Blackwater Mine.
Our first AIMS Technology Day was held on Wednesday the 18th May. We trialled a new format of rotating workshops and hands-on sessions, instead of our normal format of technical presentations.
The day ran smoothly thanks mainly to Craig from Conference Images, coordinating both indoor and outdoor workshops spread throughout the Moranbah Community Centre complex and the neighbouring council oval.
With Queensland not having a defined CPD requirement, together with the mining downturn has affected numbers in our previous QLD regional seminars. AIMS has responded by offering a low cost, regional one-day seminar focussed on technology and efficiencies. The response was excellent with 63 attendees from a majority of the mines across the Bowen Basin represented.
The AIMS 2016 Mudgee Seminar was held in March and was a great success. The event began with a candidates session held at Club Mudgee, followed by dinner at Roth's Wine Bar on the Friday. The seminar itself was then held on the Saturday.
The seminar included interesting presentations on several mine surveying topics such as mine surveying at Carborough Downs, PPP System - RTK via satellite, supervision in mine surveying, backfill procedures, monitoring on a budget and natural landform development.
AIMS has been contacted by the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) regarding an important Australian digital infrastructure project, “Modernising Australia’s Datum”.
An online survey has commenced about the Datum modernisation project to which the project team would very much like to see a wide response. The survey can be accessed via this link http://goo.gl/forms/t1tt0l7Pxl
Global mining technology company MineWare continues to lead the way in dragline mining innovation, recently completing stage one of its ACARP project in collaboration with CRCMining and the University of Queensland.
Funded by an ACARP grant of more than $600,000—as well as in-kind support from MineWare and CRCMining—the joint R&D project aims to develop futuristic dig sequencing technology.
Deswik has announced the launch of new survey functionality with their latest software release, Deswik.Suite 2016.1. Integrating seamlessly with Leica instruments, Deswik.CAD now features in-built survey functions commonly used by underground surveyors internationally.
Built on the powerful CAD and plotting engine, the new functionality includes: survey job management, in-built stations database, attribute values varying along polylines as well as advanced features such as automatic solids creation from tunnel as-builts. These allow for dynamic data updating and rapid plot generation.
Recently, for a variety of reasons, the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) have embarked down the road of reviewing the Western Australian Mine Safety and Inspection Act (1994) and Regulations (1995).
The DMP would certainly welcome guidance from the Mine Survey industry regarding positive changes to the regulations...
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