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Institute of Cadastral Surveying (Inc.) Email: sec@ics.org.nz
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Phone: 03 686 9400 Issue 32 – August 2020
WELCOME TO THE AUGUST 2020 ICS EXPRESS
This monthly publication is a communication channel from the ICS Committee to the wider ICS Membership, and alerts you to:
•    matters of cadastral importance;
•    the status of ICS projects;
•    cadastral news and events;
•    ICS administrative matters;


Feedback and contributions are welcome, and should be directed to: sec@ics.org.nz or president@ics.org.nz
PRESIDENT'S MUSINGS
From the desk of ICS President Pat Sole
I was surprised and somewhat perturbed by LINZ’s email of 28 July, advising that an update to Landonline prevented users of Windows 7 accessing Landonline.  I breathed a sigh of relief having only recently upgraded my business computers to Windows 10.  I am aware though, of others still running legacy systems.  In fairness, LINZ advised that there was an interim workaround and that Microsoft stopped support of Windows 7 in January 2020 (which has been widely publicised).

However, it did get me thinking about the notice required for such changes.  Every business is different, and each business interacts with Landonline to a varying degree.  Upgrading of software (and hardware) is a significant cost and decision for many businesses, and impacts on people’s livelihoods, their clients and sometimes their bottom-line.
With the impending upgrades to Landonline (via STEP), the effects on survey practices of such upgrades may indeed be significant.  It may even see a significant number change the way in which they undertake work - or even trigger some practices to close.

Given these effects, it is not good enough for LINZ to advise that you can no longer interact with Landonline, once it has happened.  Many months or even years lead-in to specific changes which impact on how or if we can interact with Landonline - and any subsequent critical applications - are needed.  Indeed, as end users, LINZ needs to consult widely before implementing such change – that clearly did not happen with the latest release!


Responses or ripostes should be directed to: president@ics.org.nz
ICS IN ACTION
ICS ADVOCACY PROJECTS
Your ICS Executive Committee continue to engage with other groups and work on various advocacy projects on your behalf.   Components of these ‘projects’ often require feedback, comment and contributions from Members.
The ICS projects are progressing, and our recent activities are summarised below, with their status in italics:
  • Good Survey Practice –  final update of “high-level” summary document – version 3.0 
  • Good Survey Practice –  “detail document” project continues; responses from submissions received are being compiled into a first rough draft.  
  • Survey Fees – ICS President participating in Review (meeting on hold)
  • Cadastral Survey Rules – awaiting S-G summary 
  • STEP (formerly ASaTS) – watching brief continues
  • LINZ Relationship – 2020 meeting planned for August before ICS AGM and Workshop
  • ICS Member Skills Matrix – more responses still required
  • Example Survey Plans – a new project (population of information on-going)
  • QA Checklist Template – a new project with CSNZ and S+SNZ (initial compilation of template fields)
Your feedback on these matters is welcomed.  If you have any other cadastral survey issues that you want support with – or want the ICS to escalate – then please contact a Committee Member or the Secretary - sec@ics.org.nz
 
PROJECT:  QA (QUALITY ASSURANCE) TEMPLATE
CSNZ have identified a growing issue with Licensed Cadastral Surveyors presenting poor cadastral definitions and datasets.   
The ICS is fully supportive of the CSNZ Project that is looking to develop and deliver a dataset checklist/QA template.  Such a project fits within the objectives of our Institute (disseminating best practice and promoting professionalism) and is complementary to our “good survey practice” project that is in progress.
Stephen Koning is the ICS Representative on the Project.   His monthly update is as  follows:
No substantial progress to report. One comment back to the group was that the checklists predominantly relate to compliance with the Rules and compliance with Landonline requirements – but there is almost nothing that addresses boundary definition:
•    how boundaries are/should be defined;
•    is the definition adequate for the type of survey;
•    errors and anomalies in the underlying definition; and
•    how definition is addressed in the survey report.
LANDONLINE ISSUES AND NEWS
CURRENT PROCESSING TIMES AT 20/7/20


LANDONLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND PRIVACY STATEMENT
LINZ have now revised the Landonline Terms and Conditions and Landonline Privacy Statement and have released draft documents to the ICS.  These versions will be the basis of the formal consultation that will follow. Formal consultation will only be with Survey and Spatial NZ as the NZ Law Society have waived their requirement to be consulted with due to the good outcome of the earlier engagement.

At the end of the consultation, a ‘notice of change period’ of 30 days will be announced and the documents will become current.

ADVICE FOR WINDOWS 7 USERS
The latest update to Citrix Workspace does not support Windows 7 (Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 in January this year).  This update will prevent you from accessing Landonline.* As an interim workaround you can download the Long Term Service Release of Citrix Receiver (version 4.9), however we strongly recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as practical.
Citrix website – Receiver 4.9.9002 for Windows, LTSR Cumulative Update 9
If you sign documents in Landonline you should reinstall Digisign2 whenever you reinstall Citrix software. If you do not do this, signing will not work.
Download and install Digisign2 from the LINZ website
* It has been reported that some Windows 7 Users are still successfully accessing Landonline.  However, it is clear from this LINZ advice that any operational issues that Windows 7 User may have going forward will not be get any LINZ support.
LINZ UPDATES
CADASTRAL SURVEY RULES REVIEW
No Updates.  We anticipate that the ICS/LINZ Relationship Meeting and ICS Workshop Presentations will provide the latest status of the Rules Review.  This will be reported on next month.

A summary of the submissions and decisions have yet to be published.  

Implementation of the Rules will be after the June 2021 release of Landonline (required to enable LINZ to get all the changes needed to support the Cadastral Survey Rules 2021 in place).  


AUSTRALIAN AND NZ 3D CADASTRAL SURVEY DATA MODEL (3D CSDM)
A Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of an Australian and New Zealand 3D Cadastral Survey Data Model (3D CSDM) and Exchange will be issued by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) in early August 2020.

Australian and New Zealand government land administration and property information agencies (such as DELWP (Victoria), DCS (NSW), DNRME (Qld), Landgate (WA) and LINZ) are in the process of undertaking significant digital transformation projects to modernise their cadastral systems to support full digital exchange of cadastral information.  This includes transitioning from being based on paper or PDF files in two-dimensions to fully digital data, including 3D.

At the present time there is no widely adopted digital data standard across Australia and New Zealand for exchanging (digital) 3D cadastral survey information between industry and government land administration / property information agencies. A fundamental prerequisite to the success of a modernised digital/spatial cadastre is the availability of a comprehensive digital cadastre survey data model for exchanging cadastral information between the surveying industry and the respective government land registration system.

The Intergovernmental Committee for Survey and Mapping (ICSM) has commissioned a project to develop an open 3D Cadastral Survey Data Model that will enable the transfer of cadastral survey data in all jurisdictions of Australia and New Zealand. LINZ is leading the project on behalf of ICSM and is the Buyer for this procurement opportunity. The project will have two primary objectives:
Objective 1: Using detailed information from all jurisdictions of Australia and New Zealand on the content of their cadastral survey plans / datasets, including jurisdictional regulation requirements, develop a harmonised cadastral survey data model, including 3D elements.
Objective 2: Develop an options analysis of internationally recognised, or widely adopted, transfer formats that could be implemented by major surveying software vendors for encoding/exchanging the cadastral survey data identified in the model.

LINZ are seeking a supplier who can undertake this work and can demonstrate
• expertise and experience in data modelling
• expertise in interpreting cadastral survey information
• expertise in survey / spatial data transfer and standards
Please refer to the GETS Advance Notice document for the full information.


LINZ KNOWLEDGEBASE: OLD MARKS AND EXISTING POSITIONS – UPDATED
https://www.linz.govt.nz/kb/755
A new Knowledgebase entry has been released summarising information relating to dealing with old marks, including disturbed, renewed, reinstated and unofficial marks.

 
"ON-LINE" NEWS
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991 - REVIEW
Stuff – National 29-July-2020
The Resource Management Act, one of New Zealand’s most controversial laws, looks set to be scrapped and replaced with two separate pieces of legislation to streamline development.

That’s the advice of a Government group appointed by Environment Minister David Parker to look at the RMA. It was charged with working out a way to make our resource management laws encourage development while protecting the environment, and fostering engagement with Māori.

The report recommends repealing the RMA and replacing it with two different laws: a Natural and Built Environments Act (NBEA) and a Strategic Planning Act (SPA).

See Also:  Radio NZ Report 30-July-2020
https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018757181

 
RETIRED NEW PLYMOUTH COUPLE AT END OF TETHER AFTER DECADES-LONG BATTLE TO BUY THEIR LAND
Stuff – Taranaki Daily News 25 July 2020
https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/122167991/retired-new-plymouth-couple-at-end-of-tether-after-decadeslong-battle-to-buy-their-land
All Ron and June Hill want to do is sell their property, downsize and retire for good – instead they lie awake at night worrying they won’t see that day.
For 38 years the pensioners have believed a letter from the Taranaki County Council (TCC) meant they would be able to buy their Egmont Village leasehold land one day.  They say need to be able to buy it to be able to sell it.  But so far that day hasn’t come and despite four attempts to sell the land they say buyers baulk when they find out its leasehold.


LANDOWNER WHO UNWITTINGLY SOLD PROPERTY TO AIRPORT APOLOGISES TO COMMUNITY
Stuff – Business 30-July-2020
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/122302887/landowner-who-unwittingly-sold-property-to-airport-apologises-to-community
A landowner who unwittingly sold his Central Otago property to developers of a proposed airport has apologised to the community.

Christchurch Airport’s proposal is to build a new international airport on 750 hectares near Tarras – about one-hour’s drive from the existing Queenstown Airport and five hours from Christchurch.

Landowner Paul Newman told a packed Tarras community hall on Wednesday, where airport representatives were explaining their plans, he was sorry for “possibly bringing an airport upon them”.  “Apart from not telling us who they were – the guy we were dealing with didn’t know – they played it straight with us.
ICS ADMINISTRATION
2020 AGM AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOP - WELLINGTON
The 2020 AGM and Workshop to be held at the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay in Wellington on 29th August is nearly upon us!
There will be presentations from LINZ, the CSLB, and insurers LPMS.  Toby Stoff will round out the day with the story of his battle to keep Baldwin Street's superlative status.  This will be a great day of CPD and a chance to chat with like-minded survey professionals.  Registration is free for members this year - check out the full programme and registration form here.
If you have any questions  please contact the conveners (Alex Liggett -
alex@foxsurvey.co.nz, Paul Durkin - pdurkin@43below.co.nz).  
Last minute note: In light of the unfortunate Covid-19 announcement last night, at this stage the workshop will still proceed, however we will provide further advice next week once the situation is clearer.


2020 TECHNICAL WORKSHOP COMPETITION
1st and 2nd Prizes:  Reimbursement of travel and 1 nights’ accommodation costs for 1 person to attend the 2020 ICS AGM and Workshop.
Task:  Provide a written article suitable for publication in an ICS forum (ICS Express; ICS Field Notes: ICS Website) about a Cadastral “Case Study” or “Success Story” - A summary of a cadastral project that you have undertaken that had a problem or issue or complexity that was addressed and resolved in an innovative or pragmatic way.  It may involve some old underlying work; have required some application of special knowledge; or used some technology in the solution.  Or maybe it’s just a really good cadastral yarn.  Pictures and plans examples may help tell your story.
Entry:  Provide a detailed precis (in lieu of the promise of a full article) by Friday 28-August-2020 to sec@ics.org.nz.  
CLOSING DATE EXTENDED - It is still not too late to enter!!!
Entries will be judged by three members of the ICS Executive Committee.  (Note that the Committee are excluded from entering)
TIMES PAST

Bush Survey Party – Waimakino, King Country
From the Girdlestone Collection (Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)
circa 1910.  Photograph likely taken by Hubert Earle GIRDLESTONE (1879-1918) 

(This “Bush Party” image includes a young Archibald Hugh BOGLE second from the left.  Archie Bogle will feature next month…)  
H.E Girdlestone (image above from walkingwithananzac.co.nz) was a Government Surveyor, photographer and climber.  He was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a sergeant in the first World War - killed in action August 28, 1918.  In 1922 Matterhorn Peak in Tongariro National Park was renamed Girdlestone Peak in his honour.

Hubert Earle Girdlestone constructing a trig station at Mt Kaukau, Wellington.
[New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: PAColl-6208-32. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22328174]
Find out more about Mr Girdlestone at: https://www.walkingwithananzac.co.nz/hubert-earle-girdlestone

 
If you want to also share your interesting snapshot of anything surveying -  an old or recent survey activity, please send it in to sec@ics.org.nz along with a comment, explanation, or report.  We’d love to see them.
COMING EVENTS
DATES SUBJECT TO COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS - DATES SHOULD BE CONFIRMED WITH THE PROVIDER: 
17-Aug 2020 Professional Examination (October) – Registration closes
29-Aug 2020 ICS AGM and Technical Workshop – Copthorne Hotel, Oriental Bay, Wellington
12-13 Oct 2020 Professional Examinations (October)
2-4 Nov 2020 S+SNZ Annual Conference – Rotorua – The New Normal – Recovery, Reshaping and Resilience
2-4 Nov 2020 Trimble Dimensions User Conference – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
June 2021 Rules for Cadastral Survey 2020 (target)
 
THE LAST WORD
Computer Haiku:
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

   – Rohn007 (Microsoft Community Forum) – Dec-2010
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