A shared vision
The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) formed a strong collaborative relationship over many years, with shared goals and a shared vision for the future of geospatial in Australia.
In November 2022, SSSI and SIBA|GITA members voted to merge and form the new peak geospatial body Geospatial Council of Australia (GCA).
New era & a new peak body
Today the lines have blurred. Surveying and spatial are complementary, and are just two parts of the overall geospatial picture.
Geospatial is an all-encompassing term covering the accurate knowing of ‘where’ which includes surveying; hydrography, cartography, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT); spatial analytics; earth observation from space, airborne and terrestrial platforms; and 3D scanning also from airborne and terrestrial platforms.
Geospatial also includes smart technologies such as, big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced robotics, automation, edge computing, continuous internet connectivity, sensors everywhere, digital twins and advanced interoperability – the same technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) driving an economy wide digital transformation.
The industry is made up of those technologies, services, software, hardware data and knowledge.
It is time we are defined as one. Collectively we are geospatial, but we are comprised of a plethora of disciplines and technologies.