Professor Ian Williamson

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: B305
  • Building: Engineering Block B
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Land administration, spatial data infrastructures (cadastre)

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Professor Williamson's teaching and research is concerned with cadastral, land and geographic information systems, land administration and spatial data infrastructures, in both developed and developing countries. He has published extensively on these topics. He has undertaken research or consultancies world-wide including for AusAID, the United Nations and the World Bank. He is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Australia (FTSE), a Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors Australia Inc., a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an Honorary Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia and an Honorary Member of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). He was Chairperson of FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) 1994-98 and Director United Nations Liaison for the FIG from 1998 - 2002. 

He is currently a member of the Executive and Chair, Working Group 3 (Cadastre), UN sponsored Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructures for Asia and the Pacific. At Melbourne he has been President of the Academic Board and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and is currently Head of the Department of Geomatics and works closely with the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration.  Awarded the Centenary Medal by the Prime Minister for service to Australian society in research and geomatics engineering and surveying 2003.

Recent publications

  1. Rajabifard A, Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Williamson I. A New Method for Integrating 3D spatial information about vertically stratified ownership properties into the property map base. Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies. FIG (International Federation of Surveyors). 2018.
  2. Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Williamson I, Atazadeh B. 3D Property Ownership Map Base for Smart Urban Land Administration. FIG Working Week 2017. FIG (International Federation of Surveyors). 2017.
  3. Aien A, Rajabifard A, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Williamson I. Review and Assessment of Current Cadastral Data Models for 3D Cadastral Applications. ADVANCES IN 3D GEOINFORMATION. Hindawi Publishing Corp. 2017, Issue 9783319256894. Editors: Abdulrahman A. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25691-7_24
  4. Williamson I. Is complacency the biggest threat to modern cadastres?. Coordinates. Centre for Geoinformation technologies. 2015, Vol. XI, Issue 4.
  5. Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Olfat H, Williamson I. Geospatial Metadata 2.0-An approach for Volunteered Geographic Information. COMPUTERS ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN SYSTEMS. Pergamon. 2014, Vol. 48. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2014.06.005
  6. Olfat H, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS, Rajabifard A, Senot H, Williamson I. A GML-based Approach to Automate Spatial Metadata Updating. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2012.678853
  7. Rajabifard A, Williamson I, Jazayeri I, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS. Building on the third dimension. Geospatial World. Geospatial Media and Communications. 2013, Vol. 3, Issue 11.
  8. Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS, Rajabifard A, Olfat H, Williamson I. Crowd-sourcing metadata for VGI. 16th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe. 2013.
  9. Bennett R, Tambuwala N, Rajabifard A, Wallace J, Williamson I. On recognizing land administration as critical, public good infrastructure. Land Use Policy. Elsevier Science. 2013, Vol. 30. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.02.004
  10. Rajabifard A, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS, Williamson I. Spatially Enabled Land Administration; Paradigm Shift in Land Information Management. Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2013. World bank policy research working papers. 2013.
  11. Aien A, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS, Rajabifard A, Williamson I, Wallace J. Towards integration of 3D legal and physical objects in cadastral data models. Land Use Policy. Elsevier Science. 2013, Vol. 35. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.05.014
  12. Aien A, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS, Rajabifard A, Williamson I, Bennett R. Utilising data modelling to understand the structure of 3D cadastres. Journal of Spatial Science. Spatial Sciences Institute. 2013, Vol. 58, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1080/14498596.2013.801330
  13. Rajabifard A, Williamson I, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS. A National Infrastructure for Managing Land Information: Research Information. 1. Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, University of Melbourne. 2012.
  14. Williamson I, Rajabifard A, Kalantari Soltanieh SMKS, Wallace J. AAA Land Information: Accurate, Assured and Authoritative. 8th FIG Regional Conference. International Federation of Surveyors. 2012.
  15. Tambuwala N, Rajabifard A, Bennett R, Williamson I, Wallace J. Authoritative Land Information and Australian Property Markets. FIG Working Week 2012. FIG (International Federation of Surveyors). 2012.

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