Narelle Underwood

Narelle Underwood
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Surveying & Geospatial:

Narelle Underwood

NSW Surveyor General & Director Survey Operations

On Demand Video: Surveying and Geospatial Engineering
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Video Synopsis:

Getting students excited about STEM is one thing. Getting them thinking about the career possibilities it offers is another.

For iSTEM students, surveying and geospatial engineering are real-world applications for their passion. Surveyors map, measure and define our natural and built environments. In essence, they get the lay of the land, then set the foundations for what we do with it. Location-based data is their bread and butter, and with the proliferation of emerging technologies and software, there are many opportunities to draw parallels between surveying and STEM in the modern classroom.

Surveying is also a career path littered with opportunities. A 2019 Demand study completed by BIS Oxford Economics revealed that surveying is undergoing a skills shortage. That means that surveyors are in high demand in New South Wales. In fact, with a constantly growing population and ongoing significant investments in infrastructure projects, the demand for surveying and geospatial engineers entering the workplace is set to increase in coming years.

The NSW Surveying Taskforce has worked with the SISP program to develop the new Surveying and Geospatial Engineering elective as part of the iSTEM curriculum. Developing resources and content to support students and teachers explore this exciting field of STEM.

This presentation will give you a look at the new elective with insights into how it relates to careers in surveying and geospatial engineering through real world examples.


Narelle Underwood is the Surveyor-General of NSW – the youngest person in over 200 years and the first female to hold the position. She is the President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB) and Chair of the NSW Surveying Taskforce.

As a Superstar of STEM and brand ambassador for the Get Kids into Survey program, Narelle is passionate about increasing the public visibility of STEM careers and encouraging school students to develop STEM skills.