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Conference emphasises on resource sector development

Perth, Australia: The Western Australian Surveying and Spatial Information Conference (WASSIC) aimed to put on show all the spatial expertise that Western Australia has to offer, with an emphasis on the development of the resource sector.
The conference was held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth, Australia on June 20 and 21, 2011. 
This year, for the first time, the conference included an exhibition area featuring a range of suppliers and industry sponsors. The conference featured all of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) commissions, including the surveying and spatial elements of mining, engineering, hydrography, cadastral, cartography, photogrammetry and remote sensing.The conference had two main streams: cadastral spatial; and mining, engineering and surveying. 
The merging of design and GIS technology would revolutionise urban planning and truly open up community development to the public, according to Esri Australia Western Australian Business Manager Tom Gardner. Gardner said the concept of GeoDesign – that is design within a geographical context – would help rewrite the book on community involvement in urban planning decisions. “GeoDesign, underpinned by GIS technology, merges the creation of design proposals with simulations that show the impacts potential designs will have on communities, using location as a common element. GeoDesign can be used throughout a project’s various stages, but the good news for the community is that it can help foster greater participation and inclusivity in the public consultation phase,” said Gardner.
Source: Esri Australia