What are SCIMS? 

The Survey Control Information Management System (SCIMS) is a database that contains the coordinates, heights and related attributes for Permanent Survey Marks (PSMs) constituting the State Control Survey established under the direction of the Surveyor-General of NSW. This information is collected through the operation of the Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002 and the Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017. SCIMS is maintained for the purposes of cadastral boundary definition, engineering surveys, mapping and a variety of other spatial applications.

What type of SCIMS information is available?

Each Permanent Survey Mark (PSM) in SCIMS consists of a two-letter Mark Type prefix and a Mark Number.

The Mark Type is one of the following:

  • Trigonometrical Station TS
  • State Survey Mark SS
  • Permanent Mark PM
  • Cadastral Reference Mark CR
  • Geodetic Bench Mark GB
  • Miscellaneous Survey Mark MM
  • Mapping Control Point CP

The Mark Type is followed by a number in the range 1 - 99999999. This may or may not be followed by a witness / eccentric mark number in the range 1 - 9. Mark Numbers above 87,200 are not duplicated. Cadastral Reference Marks (CRs) are only in the range from 500,000 – 599,999.

Cadastral Reference Marks (CRs) are recorded in SCIMS using a coordinate of known Class and a height of known Class. CRs do not have a Locality Sketch Plan to help surveyors to find the mark. The Deposited Plan or Crown Survey Plan will be needed to assist in the location of the mark.

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