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At the top of his game: Peter Sullivan, Licensed Surveyor

Peter Sullivan, Survey Group Manager, has always been passionate about surveying and after working in the vocation for 44 years, he continues to be his profession’s leading advocate.

This year, Peter is celebrating his third term on the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria (SRBV). The SRBV is a statutory body responsible for establishing and maintaining the competency and educational standards for Licensed Surveyors, plus maintaining a register of Licensed Surveyors.

Board members, comprising eight highly respected pre-eminent legal and surveying experts in their professional community, are appointed by the Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne MP.  With a tenure of three years, the Board reports to the Government via the Minister, providing advice on the administration, policies and strategic directions of cadastral surveying.

Growing up, Peter loved the outdoors. Peter’s uncle, a Licensed Surveyor, loved his work and introduced Peter to the world of surveying.

His passion and enthusiasm for surveying rubbed off, inspiring young Peter to enter the profession.

Peter’s uncle was keen to lend a helping hand, finding part-time fieldwork for Peter while he was at university. The budding Surveyor quickly built up fieldwork experience and skills.

Peter became a Licensed Surveyor in 1981 after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science at RMIT in 1978.

"I loved the outdoors and fell in love with astronomy, geography, geology, cartography, and even the Melway. As far as the love for the Melway is concerned, my wife had tough opposition", recalls Peter.

Peter has been instrumental in the surveying business at Cardno, now Stantec.

Founding the survey department in 2010 with fellow surveyors, Piers Bjerkhamn and Nick Lawson, Peter is one of nine Licensed Surveyors in a now 40-strong Geospatial Team in Victoria and a network of over 100 surveying and spatial professionals throughout ANZ.

“There has been a substantial increase in demand for Licensed Surveyors due to the property boom.

With land being bought, sold and subdivided, we play an integral role in land development, from the planning and design of land subdivisions through to the final construction of roads, utilities and landscaping” says Peter.
"Licensed Surveyors are privileged to work for the community, holding a unique position within the legalities of land ownership.

As a Licensed Surveyor, my responsibility is to create a sustainable lifestyle for the future of our children, and our children's children." adds Peter.

Find out more about Cardno, now Stantec's Surveying and Spatial capabilities.