Trimble Geospatial recently donated five Trimble S5 robotic total station systems to Otago University’s School of Surveying in Dunedin, New Zealand. University alumnus Derek Shanks presented the donation to this school that has made a tremendous impact on the careers of numerous Trimble employees over the past several decades.
The equipment, which is valued at $260,000 NZD was donated with support from Trimble’s New Zealand distributor AllTerra.
“A significant number of Trimble employees, both past and present, are graduates of Otago’s School of Surveying,” said donation organizer Derek Shanks, Trimble Geospatial robotic total stations market manager, and 2010 graduate from Otago University’s School of Surveying. “I am proud that Trimble is giving back to a facility that set me, and so many of my colleagues, up for our professional careers.”
Sharleen Cole-Swami, Geospatial Consultant at AllTerra New Zealand, delivered five robotic total stations gifted to the School of Surveying at Otago University. Photo's by Sharron Bennett.
The Trimble S5 robotic total station systems will modernize the School of Surveying’s teaching methods and allow all students to have hands-on experience with instruments that are used in the professional field today.
Robotic total stations make surveying work more efficient, and also reduce the number of people needed to perform the work - these stations track and follow the surveyor, instead of a surveyor being positioned behind an instrument with an assistant at a distance.
In addition to the main total station units and accessories, Trimble also donated tablet controllers - complete with Trimble Access field surveying software - to communicate with the robotic stations and store pertinent data.
“It has been a great way to build on the strong relationship Trimble has developed with the Otago Surveying School” said Shanks. “AllTerra NZ and Trimble will continue with future visits to the school to demonstrate cutting edge technology and equipment to students.”