Guidelines for the use of electronic survey field notes and CAD computation files as legal records

McCosker, Daniel Patrick (2006) Guidelines for the use of electronic survey field notes and CAD computation files as legal records. [USQ Project]

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This project seeks to produce a set of guidelines for the use of Electronic Field Notes so
that notes in this form may be acceptable as evidence in legal proceedings and
disciplinary hearings.
The surveyor’s field notes are the only permanent record of work performed in the field
other than the actual monument or occupation located or marks placed.
It has been traditional that surveyors record their measurements of angle and distance
into small paper paged books. These measurements were then collated to produce a plan
or map of the boundary or boundaries.
Since the invention and advance of the microcomputer and electronic calculator,
surveyors have embraced these technologies and used them to collect and store large
amounts of measurements, analyse, and determine the position of new and existing
The guidelines developed from this project will help improve the integrity of the
cadastral surveyor’s field notes and alert those using or intending to use electronic field
notes of the standards required to enable them to be acceptable as evidence.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:09
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 06:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: electronic; survey field notes; CAD; computational; XML; cryptography; surveying; record; recordkeeping
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090906 Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401306 Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying)
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400899 Electrical engineering not elsewhere classified

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