NPI Advisory Board

The National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) Advisory Board was established by Geoscience Australia in December 2014. The Board provides strategic guidance on NPI design and implementation in response to current and future requirements across government, industry and research. Membership and documentation is provided below.

Geoscience Australia is Chair and Secretariat of the Board.

Branch Head - Geodesy and Seismic Monitoring
Geoscience Australia

Gary Johnston is the Leader of the Geodesy and Seismic Monitoring Branch at Geoscience Australia. He is the chair of the International GNSS Service (IGS) Governing Board and the co-chair of the UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN GGIM) working group on the Global Geodetic Reference Frame (GGRF). In Australia Gary oversees the maintenance and enhancement of the National Coordinate Datum, and the Earthquake alert program. Over the past 36 months Gary has led the development of the Australian Government National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) plan as part of the Satellite Utilisation Policy. The NPI plan addresses the strategic use of GNSS to deliver a national Positioning, Navigation and Timing capability.

Section Leader - Geodesy
Geoscience Australia

Dr John Dawson completed a Bachelor of Surveying (Hons) and Bachelor of Science in 1994 at the University of Melbourne. Having developed a strong interest in satellite geodesy, John then completed a Master of Geomatics Science and was involved in some of the earliest measurements of glacial motion in Antarctica using GPS. His PhD research, undertaken at the Australian National University, was the first to observe and characterise Australian earthquakes from space and used satellite radar interferometry to improve the understanding of the seismicity of the Australian Plate. John currently leads the National Geodesy Program at Geoscience Australia and in this role is responsible for the Australian Government's GNSS and Satellite Laser Ranging observatories in Australia, Antarctica and the South Pacific as well as Australia's contribution to the International geodetic services including the International GNSS Service (IGS).
John is chair of the Permanent Committee on Geodesy (PCG) - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM), which is responsible for Australia's datum and its modernisation over the coming years. John is also the Manager of the Positioning Program within the CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) and his main research interests are in GNSS and satellite radar interferometry, precision engineering surveys, legal metrology and the geodetic analysis of earthquakes and volcanoes. John conceived and leads the Asia-Pacific Reference Frame (APREF) initiative through the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP).

The following members represent government, industry and research positioning activities across Australia and New Zealand.

Program Director - Connected and Automated Vehicles at Austroads
Stuart Ballingall is the Program Director Connected and Automated Vehicles at Austroads, which is the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport authorities. The program that Stuart leads is responsible for establishing operational frameworks that support the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and Automated Vehicles on our road networks. Stuart also holds the role of Director Transport Futures at VicRoads, and is on the board of directors for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Stuart has significant experience leading technical programs that span across the transport, automotive, and ICT industries. Previous senior roles held by Stuart include with General Motors Holden, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), and VicRoads.Stuart is also an active member on numerous government and industry forums, both at the national and international level. Qualifications held by Stuart include a Bachelor of Engineering with honours and a Master of Business Administration.

Chief Geodesist Land Information
New Zealand

Graeme obtained his Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University in 1980. He worked for the then New Zealand Geological Survey (now GNS Science) in their Earth Deformation Section using geodetic techniques to measure, monitor and study crustal deformation across New Zealand. In 1992-1993 he received a visiting Scientist Award to work at the University NAVSTAR Consortium in Boulder Colorado. In 1995 he moved to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), New Zealand's National Survey and Mapping agency. He is the Chief Geodesist for the National Geodetic Office where he continues to work on and manage the development and implementation of the geodetic system in New Zealand, including management of its semi-dynamic datum. He is also Manager of the Business Innovation Group, overseeing the development of a number of new business initiatives across LINZ.

Senior Lecturer
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University

Dr. Suelynn Choy completed her PhD in 2009 in the area of GNSS Precise Point Positioning (PPP) at RMIT University, Australia. Since then, she works as a full-time academic staff in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at RMIT University. Her teaching responsibilities include land surveying, geodesy and satellite positioning and navigation systems. Her current research interests are in the areas of multi-GNSS precise positioning as well as utilisation of GNSS satellites in disaster management and atmospheric remote sensing.
Suelynn is the co-chair of the IAG (International Association of Geodesy) Working Group 4.4.2 on Integer Ambiguity Resolution for Multi-GNSS PPP and PPP-RTK under Sub-Commission 4.4: Multi-constellation GNSS. She is also the co-chair of the FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Working Group 5.4 on GNSS under Commission 5: Positioning and Measurement.

Manager, Geodesy and Positioning
QLD Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Matt Higgins is Manager of Geodesy and Positioning with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Matt holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Surveying and is a Registered Cadastral Surveyor. He has more than 30 years experience in GNSS and Land Surveying covering research and development, technical implementation, policy and business development. He represents the Department on the Permanent Committee on Geodesy of the Inter-governmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping for Australia and New Zealand. Matt is also a member of the Positioning Programme Board of the CRC for Spatial Information. From 2007 to 2010, Matt was a Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and was made an Honorary Member in 2012. He has been a member of the United Nations mandated International Committee on GNSS, where he co-chaired Working Group D on Reference Frame, Timing and Applications. Since 2008, Matt has been the President of the Australian based International GNSS Society (IGNSS). He is also a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board of GPS World Magazine. In December 2011, Matt was made an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology. In May 2013, he was appointed to the U.S. Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, which is a Presidential committee that advises the U.S. Government on national and international PNT related issues. In August 2014, Matt was made an Honorary Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia (SSSI).

Manager, Nautical and Regulation
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Nick is a manager at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority based in Canberra, Australia. Nick joined AMSA in early 2003 and has worked in the areas of marine aids to navigation, nautical advice and policy, and with AMSA's delegated legislation (Marine Orders).
Nick represents AMSA at technical meetings of the International Maritime Organization (a specialised agency of the United Nations) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities on safety of marine navigation matters including the international maritime industry's need for resilient Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) information.
Nick's previous career was as a seaman officer and hydrographic surveyor in the Royal Australian Navy where he gained experience using precise positioning systems including differential GPS. Highlights from his time in the navy include an exchange posting with the Royal Navy working on survey ships around the British Isles and three years in command of an Australian Navy survey ship. Nick also spent several years at the Australian Hydrographic Office in operations, planning and senior management roles.
Nick has a Bachelor of Surveying degree (University of NSW, 1985), a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (University of Wollongong, 2001), and is a member of the Australian Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, the Nautical Institute and the Hydrographic Society.

Regional Manager - Asia/Pacific
NovAtel Inc

Rod MacLeod received a Bachelor of Surveying degree from the University of New South Wales in 1979 and returned to complete his Master's degree, specialising in the Global Positioning System (GPS) in 1989. His early career was as a Surveyor within the New South Wales State government.
Rod then held a number of managerial roles at SAGEM Australasia, part of the French based SAFRAN Group. He managed the GPS division distributing Ashtech Precision GNSS Products covering Australia & South Pacific. He managed the development of a number of sophisticated high value systems, including the world¿s first fully redundant/fault tolerant DGPS base station for international marine navigation with contracts to government authorities in Canada, the Netherlands and the Persian Gulf. At various times Rod also managed SAGEM Australasia's Identification Systems Division (specializing in biometric systems for law enforcement) and Defence Systems sales to the Royal Australian Navy and Air Force.
In 2006, Rod became NovAtel's Regional Manager for South Asia & Australia. In 2015 this role was extended to cover all Asia/Pacific. He manages sales and distribution of NovAtel Global Navigation Satellite Systems covering the whole range of industries that NovAtel supports, including Aerospace, Machine control & automation, Mobile Mapping, Land & Marine Survey and more recently Defence applications.

Chair of the Satellite-Based  Augmentation System Project Sub-Group
Co-Chair of the ASTRA Safety and Efficiency Working Group
Ian joined the RAAF in 1967 as a pilot and served in a number of transport, instructional and staff positions including Commanding Officer of No 33 Squadron flying B707 aircraft. He joined CASA in 1990 as a Flying Operations Inspector and has been involved in GPS adoption since that date. This work has included considerable involvement with ICAO on the Navigation Systems Panel and as chair of the regional Performance Based Navigation Task Force (PBNTF) and ASTRA. He was Head of the CNS Section in CASA, involved with the transition to satellite based Performance Based Navigation (PBN), with the mandates for GNSS and ADS-B, the transition to vertically guided approaches (APVs) and investigation into a SBAS for Australia. Ian retired from CASA in July 2016 and remains active in the aviation industry.

McClymont Distinguished Professor
Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England

David, a physicist has worked in 'Precision Agriculture' for over 20 years. In 2002, he established the University of New England's Precision Agriculture Research Group; a multidisciplinary team of 20 academic, research and technical staff working on PA sensors and applications across rain-fed and irrigated cropping, livestock and horticulture (including viticulture) enterprises. UNE-PARG R&D is exclusively funded by industry. David leads the university¿s SMART Farm project; a 2,900 ha sheep farm showcasing contemporary, and future, precision agriculture and intelligence-gathering technologies supporting land use and production sustainability. He is also a Science Director (Agriculture, NRM and Climate Change) in the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information.

CEO and Managing Director
Position Partners

Martin Nix is the CEO and Managing Director of Position Partners, a company that distributes and services systems for positioning, construction machine control and geospatial data management in Australia and South East Asia.
He practiced as a surveyor until 1984 and then joined Leica Geosystems where he held a number of management roles in Australia, Switzerland and USA until 2009. The roles included President Americas sales and service, Business Area manager Mining and Agriculture systems and Corporate Officer while Leica Geosystems was listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange. Martin has a Masters of Surveying (GIS) ('90) from UNSW and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
He is a director for 3 companies, and has Board advisory roles including School of Surveying UNSW. He has participated in Working Groups to develop Australia' space policy and National Positioning Infrastructure and is Co2 chair of the Attorney General's Space Community of Interest which supports risk management of critical infrastructure.

NSW Surveyor General
Spatial Services, Depart of Finance, Services & Innovation

Narelle Underwood is the Surveyor-General of NSW and Director of Survey Operations at Spatial Services, a division of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation. She graduated from UNSW in April 2009 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying & Spatial Information Systems), achieving first class honours and the University Medal and became a registered land surveyor on 1 November 2010. Prior to joining Spatial Services, Narelle worked in both private industry and government. She was at NSW Road¿s and Maritime Services for over 7 years and held a number of senior roles, including Southern Region Survey Manager and Principal Surveyor. Throughout her career Narelle has been actively involved in the surveying and spatial professional organisations in NSW. She is on the Industry Advisory Committee for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW and the Surveying Programme and Industry Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle. As Surveyor General she is the President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board, NSW Surveying Taskforce and the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council.

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