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New GPS base station puts USQ on the map

USQ students and community to benefit from new GPS base station.

USQ students, researchers and surveyors now have access to mapping information to within millimetres.

It is thanks to a new Global Position System (GPS) base station recently installed at the University’s Springfield campus.

The unit, also known as a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS), will provide instant, reliable and accurate positioning data for surveying and mapping projects in the Springfield area.

It can also be used for scientific monitoring projects in conjunction with Geoscience Australia and to capture mapping data from drones.

Survey firm RPS Group funded the cost of the unit and its installation.

USQ Professional Fellow Chris McAlister, who helped coordinate the installation, said the new base station would improve the education experience for the University’s Surveying and Spatial Science students.

“This is a technology that is used every day by the marketplace and the industry, and will give our students real-life experience and an insight into how they will operate in their careers,” Ms McAlister said.

“Having the base station on campus means we can use it for research and day-to-day teaching, and strengthens our relationships with local industry firms like RPS.

“Knowledge of this technology will ensure our students hit the ground running when they enter the workforce.”

RPS Group Ipswich Survey Manager Damian Ling, a USQ alumnus, said the base station was essential for infrastructure planning and development in the rapidly expanding Springfield region.

“The biggest advantage of having a permanent CORS base is it provides highly accurate, repeatable and traceable corrections that are not subject to external influences like machinery, construction or people,” Mr Ling said.

“This is the third installation we have in this growth corridor of Ipswich and it will provide huge benefits to not only projects we’re currently undertaking in the Springfield locality, but for anybody in the wider survey community.

“We look forward to continue working closely with USQ to promote surveying as a career choice and raising the profile of the industry.”

USQ is the only provider of surveying degrees in the state and has the largest number of surveying students in the country.

Ms McAlister, who is also President of the Queensland Spatial and Surveying Association, said there had never been a better time to study surveying.

“The industry is telling us we could employ another 200 surveyors tomorrow if they were available in the job market, but they’re not,” she said.

“USQ’s surveying programs were developed to meet industry demand for the skills required to work in a range of surveying projects including land development, construction and mining.”

To learn more about the programs, visit Surveying.

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The GPS base station installed on the rooftop of Building B at USQ’s Springfield campus.