What we do

ICSM Permanent Committees, Working Groups, and their activities
  • The 3D Cadastral Survey Data Model and Exchange (3D CSDM) work aims to create a widely adopted standard across Australia and New Zealand for exchanging digital cadastral survey information between the survey industry and government land administration agencies.
    3D Cadastral Survey
  • Providing leadership in assigning addresses, naming of roads, and defining localities. This includes setting related standards, developing addressing guidelines, and promoting systems for the efficient interchange and sharing of address data.
  • The GDA Modernisation Implementation Working Group (GMIWG) has government representatives from the Commonwealth, states and territories who have a broad range of knowledge and experience in the surveying and spatial sciences industry. The group is consulting with users and building the tools and technical resources needed to assist with the datum transition. It is working to ensure that the practical implementation of the datum occurs seamlessly and with minimal disruption to existing systems and processes.
  • One of the biggest challenges with hydrographic surveying is the relationship between the ellipsoid and chart datum in the coastal environment. With the continuing development of high-accuracy GNSS surveying methods including Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and second generation Satellite Based Augmentation Services (SBAS), the ability to measure the vertical component with the required accuracy and precision to facilitate high accuracy ellipsoidal surveys is now a reality.
  • Australia and New Zealand’s land and property boundaries.
  • The Australian Geospatial Reference System is the collection of, datums, infrastructure, models and standards.
  • The ePlan working group was focussed on introducing a digital protocol for the transfer of cadastral data.
  • Elevation and Depth 2030: Powering 3D Models of Our Nation Elevation and Depth Information Coordinating and Innovating for Australia – A National Strategy. Welcome to Elevation and Depth 2030.
  • The Elevation, Depth and Imagery Working Group (EDIWG) provides a standing panel of experts on high resolution earth observation data drawn from Australia and New Zealand government departments.
  • Foundation Spatial Data Framework’s Location Information Knowledge Platform
    FSDF theLINK
  • Geodesy provides the positional framework for all surveying, mapping and geographic information applications in Australia.
  • The Metadata Working Group will support a wider understanding and consistent application of location information metadata, based on agreed standards.
  • All–Hazards Symbology Special Interest Working Group
  • Coordinates and communicates the consistent use of place names to ensure they meet the requirements of the whole community, including government bodies and emergency services.
  • G-NAF is a composite of information supplied by state and territory government mapping agencies as well as multiple Commonwealth government agencies. More information about G-NAF is available on the PSMA web site.
  • This interest group was formed in late 2012 and is tasked with providing and supporting jurisdictional input into the creation and management of jurisdiction-based data infrastructures and linking this to national frameworks and spatial infrastructure development activities. Topics of concern for the SIDA SIG are: standards and guidelines for use of data delivery infrastructures, facilitation of access to data of national significance, alignment to best practices in application of contemporary data infrastructures, and promoting awareness in jurisdictions.
  • Coordinates national databases of tidal records; as well as developing national standards and best practice guidelines for tides and mean sea level related matters.
  • The Topographic Information Group was established in recognition of the long-term, on-going need for a coordinated approach to topographic data collection, management and delivery.
  • TWG Terms of Reference ToR 1: Develop a transport data model with jurisdictions and PSMA in line with the ANZ Foundation Spatial Data Framework. The Transport Working Group would look at providing subject matter advice on roads, rail, water and air into an integrated transport model in alignment with the Foundation Spatial Data Framework being developed under ANZLIC. The Working Group would follow a similar process that was used for roads, namely:
  • The Water Network Newsletter for the ICSM Water Special Interest Group (WSIG) Summer 2015 Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable, restful break and no doubt back into work like we are. The Water Special Interest Group has been delayed due to the governance of these working groups being discussed by the Permanent Committee on Topographic Information (PCTI) at the teleconference in November 2014. PCTI approved reforming of the Water Special Interest Group and it is hoped the next teleconference will be scheduled shortly.