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Kelvin Dawson

Manager Surveying / Cadastral Surveyor

Curriculum Vitae

Kelvin is a Registered Land Surveyor with Post Graduate Qualifications in Project Management. He has over 30 years' experience in Land Surveying working on some of Queensland Major Projects.

During this time, Kelvin has undertaken various roles including Senior Surveyor for a large Queensland Surveying Company during its rapid growth from 1984 until 1996. This period saw Kelvin undertake large and small scale Land Development, Tourism and Engineering Projects. In 1996 he joined an Aerial Mapping company as Survey Manager. The period 1996 to 2013 saw that company expand rapidly to become one of the largest Surveying and Mapping organisations in the Asia Pacific region. During his time as Manager (Queensland), the company undertook mergers and acquisitions and adopted state of the art technology including GNSS equipment, LiDAR and the VisionMap A3 digital aerial survey camera. In 2013, Kelvin joined Saunders Havill Group as Manager of its Surveying department.

Kelvin's experience in aerial mapping has allowed him to integrate ground survey and aerial mapping to formulate a specialist solution to overcome timing and safety issues. This solution has been used on many projects including Suncorp Stadium Redevelopment, North South Bypass Tunnel approach roads, Northern Pipeline Interconnector and rail corridor investigations in central Queensland.

Since 1996 Kelvin has received extensive training in GPS/ GNSS and has utilised this equipment to undertake extensive network design and Geodetic survey throughout Australia, often in remote areas. He was engaged as an adviser to attend site and facilitate the establishment of Geodetic control for the Tampakan Copper Project in the Southern Philippines.

As a Cadastral Surveyor, Kelvin has undertaken land subdivision, resumption and long-line corridor surveys. He has undertaken volumetric subdivision of inner city sites including 111 Eagle Street and 343 Turbot Street, Brisbane.

His link with aircraft operations and surveying lead to the certification of many aeronautical charts for airports and navigation aids Australia wide including Gold Coast, Brisbane, Amberley, Oakey and many Defence installations.

Recently Kelvin assembled a team of consultants (including cultural heritage, environmental and surveying/mapping) for a mining client with major infrastructure needs. All consultants worked as one group under Kelvin's lead to clear an extensive corridor prior to geotechnical disturbance. The client benefitted by having one point of contact, coordination and responsibility. Impact on the land owners was minimised through this method of engagement.

Kelvin is a past Chairman of the Queensland Regional Management Group of the Australian Spatial Industry Business Association (ASIBA). During his time in office, the Association saw many advances in the development and commissioning of an on line Survey Plan storage and retrieval system and furthered the promotion of Spatial Professions and their copyright in Survey Plans and data.


  • Graduate Diploma in Project Management with Distinction, Queensland University of Technology (1994)
  • Registered Surveyor with Cadastral Endorsement, Surveyors Board of Qld, #3138 (1990)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying), Queensland University of Technology (1985)


  • Full Member, Queensland Spatial and Surveying Association Inc., #3484207 (2017)