W.A. (Bill) Robertson
Failure to reform may well result in the erosion of the NZ survey system through increasing obsolescence.
I have been concerned for some time that the window of opportunity was opening and that the opportunity could be missed if not grasped at the right time. One of the aims of DOSLI's (Department of Survey and Land Information) restructuring is to facilitate the management of the Survey System infrastructure and its development. The role of the survey industry is also important as the acceptance and success of any major developments will depend upon all participants in and users of the system being consulted and involved in the change program.
* To reduce the cost (to users and to Government) of providing the infrastructure).
* To reduce the cost (to practitioners) of carrying out surveys.
* To improve efficiencies throughout the system.
* To improve the quality of products and services to the survey industry and other users.
* To provide quality databases.
Implied in these aims is the desire to automate processes as much as possible.
The completion of the first stage of DOSLI's restructuring enabled a managed approach to be taken to coordinate existing projects and identifying possible new projects. These have been identified and a number of developments are already under action.
The approach we have taken is to use advanced generic management techniques to plan the overall reform and then to manage the projects as a total program using project leading management techniques.
The vision is: A survey system which enables the growth and development of New Zealand by providing a quality spatial infrastructure to support secure land tenure rights, and resource use and management.
The mission is: To enhance the quality and delivery of spatially referenced information to meet the needs of the nation.
Terms of Reference:
1. To develop policy and strategic direction of the Survey System development to achieve the vision and mission statements.
2. To periodically review the vision and mission statements.
3. To work in partnership and provide a forum for exchange of information with all bodies identified in the Survey Act and all participants in the survey industry.
4. To investigate and recommend effective application of technology and systems to meet the objectives of the survey system.
5. To provide the strategic management (identify, prioritise, integrate, coordinate and monitor) of projects which comprise the survey system.
6. The task force is accountable through the Group Manager, Survey System to the Surveyor-General and, where appropriate, to the Survey Board.
There is a high degree of urgency to make changes in some areas before it is possible to have an overall 'grand plan' prepared and approved. However, without a clear direction we face the prospect of a disjointed, uncoordinated and high-risk approach. The solution to this problem is to take a 'parallel approach' to the development. Two levels will be simultaneously attacked:
- At the conceptual and visionary level an outline vision will be described and developed on an iterative basis, improving and evolving as more detailed and wider input is received. The components of this level are the vision statement, mission statement and a statement of design concepts.
- At the project level the project briefs and scoping will provide the direction for projects already under action or about to be introduced.
Therefore, with projects under way, we will be continuing to develop the vision, mission and design concepts; updating them as we gain experience and receive new ideas. Some long-term projects may have to be realigned to meet evolving concepts, though a careful approach is required to ensure that there is no waste of effort. Project planning will take these issues into account.
* A spatially-accurate survey database
* Computer access the survey index (DCDB)
* "Electronic plans"
* Plan tracking and monitoring (during processing)
* Automation of survey plan examination
* Unified code of practice
* Quality assurance
* Rewriting of survey regulations
* Geodetic Datum investigation
* Future survey techniques
* Document imaging system
* Survey control network design
A separate but fully integrated project is the automation of the title system.
Our aim is to plan for a completely digital automated spatial data environment operating in the year 2005 at the end of our second decade of transition.
Speaker: W.A. (Bill) Robertson Tel. +64-4-473 5022
Director General Fax +64-4-472 2244
Dept. of Survey & Land Information
Charles Fergusson Building, Bowen Street
Private Box 170