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Curtin students surveying the Nullarbor

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Nine students from Curtin University’s Department of Spatial Sciences and Department of Film and Arts will be re-tracing the footsteps of early surveyors when they survey parts of the Nullarbor.

The students will be resurveying some old areas of historical importance within an area of 57,000 square kilometres in the south eastern part of the State. Some of the areas to be re-surveyed include the old remote towns of Norseman, Balladonia, Madura and Eucla.

These areas selected for re-surveying were initially surveyed about 80 years ago and the results will be used by Landgate to verify the original work.

Mr Tony Snow, Project Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines said the expedition would give the students valuable training.

“The expedition will give the students a unique opportunity to practice their skills in the remote areas of Western Australia,” Mr Snow said.

During the two-week expedition, students will experience project management, historical research, cadastral and geodetic surveying, digital scanning and 3D underground mining surveying.

Huntingdale resident Jay Sidhu, a fourth-year student leading the expedition, said he was looking forward to the final-year project. 

“I am confident I will benefit enormously from the opportunity to get out into the community, and will become a better surveyor as a result,” Mr Sidhu said.

The expedition will leave Perth on 21 June and return on 7 July 2012.


Bonnie Ripper, Public Relations, Curtin University
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