With just under six months until the proposed launch of GDA2020, Australia’s datum modernisation continues to be a fierce matter of debate and cause for concern. While it is true that the accuracy of modern positioning technologies will require us to move beyond the plate-fixed GDA94 onto an Earth-fixed datum, there is a lot of confusion and concern over just how GDA2020 will be practically adopted.
Until now this uncertainty has been known only arbitrarily and so the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) is seeking to understand how GDA2020 will affect you.
The Modernising Australia’s Datum Questionnaire consists of predominantly multiple choice questions and takes no more than six minutes to answer. It also gives respondents the opportunity to expand on how GDA2020 will affect their personal operations. All responses will be collated anonymously and the knowledge gained will contribute to the process for implementing GDA2020.
GDA2020 is intended to commence January 2017 and aims to ensure Australians continue to have access to the most accurate location information achievable. ANZLIC and its standing committee ICSM provide the vision and facilitation to realise this modernisation.
The questionnaire will close 27 May 2016.
For further information on Australia’s Datum Modernisation initiative, please refer to this ICSM Statement on the matter.