Position Partners has allowed the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to upgrade its technology fleet for over 650 survey and spatial science students.
As an exclusive Australian distributor of Topcon machine control and positioning systems, Position Partners was best placed to serve the University.
It supplied 12 Topcon GT robotic total stations, 12 Topcon HiPer VR GNSS, and 24 Topcon FC-6000 field tablets. All equipment was powered by MAGNET Office and Field software, and were complemented by two Z+F 5016 laser scanners and a range of survey accessories.
USQ Surveying and Spatial Science Program director Glenn Campbell said the students were now well equipped for careers in the field.
“Industry expects students to have been exposed to the equipment that they themselves use,” Campbell said. “This arrangement give us confidence that we can continue to meet that expectation.”
“We are so pleased that Position Partners has been able to work with us to develop alternatives to the large capital outlays we have faced in the past.”
Position Partners ensured the University was in safe hands, as all equipment was connected to Tokara – the distributor’s remote access platform. Tokara gives technicians the ability to view and control devices to provide training and assistance.
Professional Fellow (Surveying) at USQ Chris McAlister said Position Partners had put the students lengths ahead of where they’d otherwise be.
“Working with Position Partners to put together this equipment package has meant we’ve been able to balance the needs we have for teaching – ease of use, intuitive and robust design; alongside the industry need for students to be skilled in current technology and its application the minute they start work,” McAlister said.
“Now that we’ve got this fleet of current equipment that’s all the same, remotely supported by Position Partners’ Tokara service, our teaching can focus on the concepts more, rather than spending time trying to get equipment to do what we need.”