Land Journal October–November 2016

Mike Swain

Editor, Land Journal (RICS)

There’s a strong technological theme to this issue, though this is not deliberate. Rather, it is a reflection of how technology is affecting so many aspects of surveying, leading to new ways of looking at and shaping the world.


I came across VUCITY at this year’s Geobusiness conference. It is the first fully interactive 3D digital model of London, and allows you to visualise what the city might look like in 2035.

There’s also a feature on Geoscape, a project that aims to record Australia’s observed built environment and anchor it in a reliable geospatial base. It will provide a greater understanding of what is present at every address, including tree heights and solar panels.

Research presented at this year’s GeoPlace conference, meanwhile, revealed how a net benefit of £202m could be achieved by 2020 as a result of higher tax revenues and reduced duplication from the address and street data collected by local authorities.

Another piece, on flood mapping in Ireland, shows how satellite imagery of last year’s floods in Limerick could help prevention planning. Even our cover story outlines a web-based project to encourage greater public access to land investment contracts in low-income countries.

But there’s still room in this issue for more traditional subjects. The Scottish Association for Country Sports write about the threat they feel from rural policy - covering many topics that also spark heated debate in other parts of the UK – in the first of three articles planned on Scotland’s countryside policy.

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