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Aurecon prominent at world’s largest survey conference

International Federation of Surveyors

27 April 2010 - Last week, five colleagues from Aurecon’s Community Development and Infrastructure group presented papers at the largest survey congress in the world.

The Fèdèration Internationale des Gèometres (FIG) conference, held in Sydney at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre, was attended by 2 100 delegates. Approximately 800 papers were presented by delegates from 80 countries.

“Aurecon is now well and truly on the map in the survey world,” Graham Tweedie, Project Delivery Leader – Survey NSW, said. “At some presentations, there were hundreds in the audience and each of us delivered a quick professional bio and an Aurecon overview before we presented our papers.”

The following papers were presented by Aurecon:

  • Laser Scanning Pavement Audit Survey: Paul Natsikas, Project Delivery Leader – Survey, Victoria (with Kevin Ide)
  • Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Mainstream Land Survey: Mike Pinkerton, Senior Surveyor
  • Volumetric Surveys of Ash Dams for the Power Industry: Paul Stivano, Project Delivery Leader – Survey, Newcastle
  • A tribute to the surveyors/explorers of the 19th century Australia: Graham Tweedie, Project Delivery Leader – Survey, NSW
  • Towards tomorrow's cadastral survey industry: Bruce Manners, Project Delivery Manager, Community Development – Asia Pacific (co-authored on behalf of Land Information New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors)

Mike Pinkerton and Paul Natsikas delivered consecutive papers on laser scanning. Based on the feedback and questions from the sizable audience, from a private practitioners point of view, both were perceived to be working at the cutting edge when it comes to taking this technology into the marketplace. Mike and Paul were widely congratulated, both via comments from the audience and after the session outside the venue.

Paul Stivano’s presentation detailed the innovative use of hovercrafts to survey the surface of ash dams and at the last minute, Paul (Stivano) was asked to chair his session. Throughout the conference, Paul continued discussions and shared technical and project experience with the President of the Institution of Surveyors NSW, along with other members of the profession from semi-government organisations.

Graham Tweedie’s presentation was one of five papers in the session and again drew a large audience. Principal Surveyors from government were in the audience and after the session conference delegates had high praise for Aurecon's survey capabilities following a recent project undertaken.

Paul Stivano and Graham Tweedie have both had requests to re-present their papers to the Hunter Manning group chapter of the Institution of Surveyors and the Sydney North chapter.

“Much was gained (by each of us) from various sessions in terms of techniques and methodology detailed by other presenters, with this information to be cascaded by us to others within the organisation,” Graham said.

About the FIG


The Fèdèration Internationale des Gèometres (FIG) is the premier international organisation representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.

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