Does the cadastral surveying profession have a future?
AuthorWilliamson, Ian P.
Source TitleProceedings, CONSAS '97
University of Melbourne Author/sWilliamson, Ian
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsWilliamson, I. P. (1997). Does the cadastral surveying profession have a future? In Proceedings, CONSAS '97, Durban, South Africa.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a paper from CONSAS 1997.
The surveying profession is currently facing the biggest challenge in its modern history. Rapid technological change, micro-economic reform, internationalisation, de-regulation of the professions, and the Internet are placing pressures on traditional professional operations and structures never previously experienced. Yet issues of environmental degradation, sustainable development, the management of our cities and economic rationalism are presenting opportunities and challenges to our profession never thought possible. Issues central to our profession such as cadastral reform and spatial data infrastructures are grabbing the attention of policy makers as they realise their importance in economic development, environmental management and social stability. Within the context of the Global Village, surveyors are increasingly working in the international market place. This is placing pressures on our education and training and the role that we see ourselves playing in society. The international push for cadastral reform, land and geographic information systems, improved urban management, environmental management and sustainable development is creating almost unlimited opportunities for our profession if we are prepared to grasp them; there are already other professions moving or ready to move into these traditional areas of the surveyor if we don't act. Can the surveying profession survive these changes and what does the future hold? This paper endeavours to seek answers to these questions by looking at the past, endeavouring to understand the present and trying to look into the future. The paper focuses on the Australian surveying profession while recognising that many of the issues discussed may be relevant to Southern Africa.
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