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  • Updated directives for licensed surveyors became effective 31 July 2021
  • 2020-2021 State of the Network report released

Following industry consultation, the Surveyor-General Victoria (SGV) has updated the Victorian Cadastral Surveys Practice Directives. SGV said the move will “… help licensed surveyors meet their legal requirements for cadastral surveys in Victoria.”

Effective from 31 July this year, and replacing the 2018 version, SGV said the consultation took more than nine months, with significant changes cited by SGV as follows:

  • updated requirements for marking of boundaries
  • updated requirements for RE Plans
  • mandating connection of all cadastral surveys, unless exempt, to the Map Grid of Australia 2020 (MGA2020)  by 1 July 2022
  • updated requirements for verifying GNSS measurements
  • new information about using and verifying emerging measurement technologies
  • a new definition of what is acceptable as a partial survey
  • an updated example of an RE Plan
  • updated examples of traditional and alternative abstracts of field records
  • an updated licensed surveyor’s report template.

State of the Network report

The SGV Geodesy has also released the 2020-2021 State of the Network report. The SGV said in a statement that it had conducted “Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) surveys to support the capture of aerial LiDAR data,” and in 2021-2022, will “…perform airborne LiDAR ground control point surveys for the Digital Twin Victoria program…”

Among the highlights of the report, the SGV noted 12 new high stability survey marks were built along the Murray River, and extensive surveying work was conducted on the suburban rail loop project.

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Earlier this year ePlan was launched for land subdivisions, and a spectacularly detailed 3D model was created of the Great Ocean Road.

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