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Surveying, Mining and Resources Associations / Websites

The following websites will provide useful information for the following:

  • Surveying association memberships
  • More surveying or mining information
  • Latest surveying news
  • Becoming a registered surveyor information
  • Various legislation information


A Life Without Limits (Surveying)
- Another website dedicated to providing general surveying information to students and potential students, investigating the variety of options available for surveyors and information regarding life as a surveyor.

Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS)
- The Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS) provides professional representation to government, industry and educational organisations on mine surveying issues around Australia.

Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Board of Australia and New Zealand
- CRSBANZ provides a registered surveyor database across all states and territories of Australia and New Zealand.

ICSM - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping
- ICSM's role is to provide leadership, coordination and standards for surveying, mapping/charting and national datasets.

Geoscience Australia
- Geoscience Australia is a government website designed to provide a range of geoscientific information and knowledge.

Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
- Australia's peak body representing the interests of surveying and spatial science professionals, combining the disciplines of land surveying, engineering & mining surveying, cartography, hydrography, remote sensing and spatial information science.


Department of Natural Resources and Mines Queensland
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is an economic development agency that enables the productive and responsible use of our natural resources - water, land, mineral and energy resources - to generate wealth and prosperity for current and future generations of Queenslanders.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC)
- The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is a not-for-profit peak industry body representing the commercial developers of Queensland’s minerals and energy resources.

Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC)
QSIC provide strategic direction and a framework for the development and use of spatial information to support business, community and the environment across the State.

New South Wales:

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
NSW DPI acts in partnership with industry and other public sector organisations to foster profitable and sustainable development of primary industries in New South Wales.

NSW Board of Surveyors and Spatial Information (BOSSI)
– BOSSI provide for the registration of land and mining surveyors, to regulate the making of surveys and to advise the Minister on spatial information.

Surveying and Mapping Industry Council of NSW (SMIC)
SMIC is the peak spatial information industry body in NSW, with representatives  from government, private industry, professionals and the tertiary education sectors.

Western Australia:

Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME)
- The role of CME is to champion the Western Australian resources sector and assist it in achieving its vision to lead the world in sustainable practice through innovation and to underpin Australia’s position in the global economy.

- Landgate is the Agency responsible for Western Australia’s land and property information.


Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT)
- MRT is a government organisation in the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. Their website provides GIS databases and maps for gathering useful resources, such as minerals maps, technical reports, drill hole data, geophysics survey information and groundwater information all around Tasmania. (Note for students: Useful downloads available).

Tasmanian Minerals Council Limited
- The Tasmanian Minerals Council is the representative organisation for the exploration, mining and mineral processing industries in Tasmania. The Council counts among its members all of the main mines and mineral processing operations.

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Tasmania)
- The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is responsible for the sustainable management and protection of Tasmania's natural and cultural assets for the benefit of Tasmanian communities and the economy.

South Australia:

Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA)
- PIRSA) is a dynamic Government of South Australia agency committed to the economic development of the State and the sustainable use of the State’s food, fibre and minerals industries.

Northern Territory:

Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy
- The Department of Mines and Energy regulates the mining and petroleum industries, including inspecting and auditing sites on a regular basis. The department is also responsible for the NT Geological Survey, which provides high-quality geoscientific information to the mining and petroleum industries, and also supports investment attraction into Territory projects.

Free Downloads

This section was introduced to help distribute software and tools that may be useful for survey students during their studies. If you have a tool or software solution that may be useful and would like it distributed via this website, please make contact via the contact page.

FreeCOGO: Download here.

FreeCOGO - A free program for the graphical solution of Coordinate Geometry computations in Surveying and Civil enginering. Created specifically for students in Victoria. Limited to personal, non-commercial use. Commercial use licence issued on application. The program in its original form may be distributed freely without charge, subject to the provisions set out in the User Agreement.

Features include:

  • Traverse misclose and adjustment
  • Intersection of lines, arcs, angles and bearings
  • Location of points on arcs and lines
  • Creation of lines and arcs as entities
  • Calculation of running chainage from entities
  • Create chained entities offset from existing entities
  • Measurement of areas within closed figures
  • Area seek using move point on line, on arc or parallel boundary
  • Data enquiries on points, lines and arcs
  • Elevation by gradient, points and interpolation
  • Import/export XYZ data from field files
  • Export a DXF file annotated with bearing and distance
  • Generate data reports of point coords, lines , arcs and layers
  • On screen display of entity data, bearing, distance, radius, arc, chord
  • Generate data setouts from occupied points
  • Data organised in layers
  • Display options to select/display layers, points, elevations and entities
  • Routines to translate, rotate, scale and copy data
  • Print display to the default printer
  • Extensive Help available in each routine dialogue box
  • Portable - FreeCOGO may be installed and executed from a memory stick.

Created by Barry Graham - Copyright 2011
Enquiries and feedback:- btgraham@tpg.com.au

Survey Computations Study Book (UNSW): Download here.

Bruce Harvey and the School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, UNSW, Sydney have put together a great live document for students to learn about various aspects of survey computations. You may find this handy to have alongside your other surveying books.


  • Ch1: Revision of: Principles of Calculation. History. Mean and standard deviations. Calculators and Spreadsheets. Trigonometry. Coordinates, Bearings and Distances. Questions. Worked solutions.
  • Ch2: Intersections and Resections. Questions. Worked solutions.
  • Ch3: Traverses and Closes. Loop Close Problems = Missing Data Problems. Questions. Worked solutions.
  • Ch4: Traverse Calculations and Adjustments. Errors. Carrying bearings. Bowditch Adjustment. Questions. Practical Field Exercise 1: Loop Traverse. Practical Field Exercise 2: 2D Coordinated Traverse. Worked solutions.
  • Ch5: Intro to CAD. Detail surveys with Total Stations and CAD. Data upload and download. Feature codes.
  • Ch6: Detail Surveys and CoGo in CAD.
  • Ch7: Cadastral calculations. Road half angles, curved boundaries, lot areas, PO comparisons. Questions. Worked solutions.
  • Ch8: Road Centreline Problems. Questions. Worked solutions.
  • Ch9: Subdivision in CAD. Plans and calculation. Road Design in CAD. Horizontal & vertical curves and alignment. Cross sections. Long sections.
  • Ch10: Teaching and learning aspects. The Future. Important points. Problem solving. More challenging survey computations problems. Worked solutions.

Edited and partly authored by Bruce R. Harvey - Copyright 2012
Enquiries and feedback:- b.harvey@unsw.edu.au

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Add Your Website

If you are interested in adding your website to the list above, please send an email to us using the contact page.