IF YOU’RE feeling a bit lost don’t despair, Armidale has just received its first antenna for the Global Navigation Satellite System. Before your eyes glaze over this new CORSnet antenna is what farmers use to guide their tractors, surveyors use for… surveying and now students also get access to the network.
There are 157 of these antennas spread across the state and only five schools are lucky enough to host one. Mitch Hanlon from Mitchel Hanlon Consulting Surveyors was at the unveiling to promote the need for more students to take an interest in surveying.
Mr Hanlon said that Australia is desperately short of surveyors, “there isn’t a project in the country that doesn’t require a surveyor at some point.”
MP for the Northern Tablelands was also at the unveiling and said that the state government is providing Garmin GPS devices so that the students can practically engage with the new antenna.
“Its important to expose students tot eh profession,” Mr Marshall said.
The new antenna will provide people using the network with an accuracy down to 10mm.