Engineering & Topographical Survey
This usually involves the production of site plans to be used for design and reference purposes in engineering projects. Projects need setting out on the actual ground after designing . This applies to any substantial structures we see around us, be it a dam, bridge tunnel or sky-scrappers. Even after the construction process itself, the structures require careful and continuous monitoring to avert danger.
The safety and productivity of mines depends on the mine surveyors. Often working in very arduous conditions, they prepare plans of underground and surface works, control tunneling and cutting operations, and where necessary calculate precise areas and volumes.
This covers mainly cadastral surveys. Routine tasks include surveying new land parcels, subdivision and consolidation of land, relocation of beacons and resolution of boundary disputes. This requires an understanding of the legal framework regarding land and practical surveying skills. In order to practise as a Land Surveyor registration with the Council of Land Surveyors is mandatory.
Spatial Information Management
Spatial refers to place, space or location. Since everything is “somewhere” on the earth’s surface, spatial information and spatial technologies have broad ranging and important uses. The spatial industry helps us understand our world, its people and solve issues relating to the environment, hazards and development from community to a global scale. Wouldn’t you like to be involved in creating the world of tomorrow? The use of spatial sciences can be seen through our daily lives, for example using Google Maps to find the closest coffee shop or how to navigate your way around Harare. To more specialised areas such as coaches monitoring how far a footballer has run in a game. Surveying and Spatial Science is essential for mapping mine sites, as well use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) and satellites. These machines aren’t only used for secret military operations though they are also used to capture data for properties, and assisting in disaster management. Even video game companies are utilising Spatial Technology to develop topography, maps and rendering for their latest developments to add detail and realism to the games. So come and check what it’s all about.