Armidale Students Receive New CORSnet Antenna


Students now have access to the first Global Navigation Satellite System antenna in Armidale. The state of the art CORSnet antenna is used by the agricultural, surveying, and construction sectors to improve accuracy for important projects. Students at the TAS School interested in a career in these industries will gain hands-on experience operating specialist technology.

What is the CORSnet antenna?CORSnet-NSW is a network of permanent Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) tracking stations across NSW. The system, owned and operated by the NSW State Government, improves the accuracy of satellite positioning with accuracy down to 10mm.What is it used for?Surveyors use the system for land boundary definition and construction and infrastructure surveys.Farmers use it to guide automated tractors to perform key tasks like seed placement, harvesting, fertilising, pest control and crop monitoring.CORSnet is being used to deliver $74.1 million of upgrades to roads and bridges across the Northern Tablelands. In addition to the antenna, the school received an education package and a hand-held Garmin GPS receiver for practising mapping, navigation, distance and area measurements.

 

TAS Headmaster Murray Guest said the school was proud to be one of only a handful to be selected for the CORSnet-NSW project.“As well as the benefits of community partnership, this will offer a great academic resource to our students; not just those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based subjects, but also promote more generally the potential of GPS technology and also, a career in surveying,” Mr Guest said.

 

Mitch Hanlon from Mitchel Hanlon Consulting Surveyors was at the unveiling to promote surveying to students. Mr Hanlon said that there is a serious shortage of surveyors in Australia.“There isn’t a project in the country that doesn’t require a surveyor at some point. Over the last decade we just haven’t had enough people taking up surveying. There is currently a strong demand for surveyors, particularly registered surveyors and we expect that the shortage will continue for the foreseeable future until we can train more people. I want to encourage students to consider a career in surveying by closely looking at their subjects in year 10 and considering doing some work experience with a local surveyor.”

 

PHOTO: Mitchel Hanlon and MP Adam Marshall with students from TAS in Armidale.


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