A surveyor is defined as a professional person with the academic qualifications and technical expertise to practise the science of measurement; to assemble and assess land and geographic related information; to use that information for the purpose of planning and implementing the efficient administration of the land, the sea and structures above and below the surface thereof; and to instigate the advancement and development of such practices.
WAIS represents Surveyors from a wide range of specialisations. Membership is drawn from:
Engaged in the measurement and marking on the ground and on maps and documents of land boundaries and land features both natural and man-made. For marking of Legal Boundaries these surveyors need to be registered with the Land Surveyors Licensing Board and have a license and a current practicing certificate. This applies to all land title boundaries, land leases, pastoral leases and mining leases. Those Land Surveyors not involved in the legal definition of land boundaries can be designated Topographic Surveyors or Photogrammetric Surveyors where such methods are used.
Engaged in the measurement and setting out of building and construction sites, roads, railways, bridges, harbours and general infrastructure like power lines, sewer and water distribution networks , and mine sites. Included also are some very high precision surveys for high rise buildings, tunnelling, earth movement monitoring, and dimension assignment for various engineering applications like engine alignment and large scale fabrication.
Engaged in the measurement , setting out and monitoring of mining works both open pit and underground. Mine Surveyors need to be registered with the Mines Survey Board and have an Authorised Mine Surveyors Certificate of Competency. Included are stockpile surveys and daily monitoring of underground works for the safety of miners.
Engaged in the measurement, mapping and setting out of natural and man-made features associated with water, including oceans, rivers lakes and estuaries. Included is the production of bathymetric and navigational charts, positioning and monitoring of oil drilling platforms, monitoring of shipping channels and dredging works, the control and monitoring of underwater vehicles and underwater land and measurement of tides and sea levels.
Engaged in measurement and monitoring where the size, shape and gravity of the earth need to be considered. This includes the surveying and mapping of large areas of the land and sea, astronomic navigation, gravity surveys, and global positioning and monitoring using satellites, and determination of continental plate movement and sea level monitoring.