Expansion of the reference station to boost projects


Federal Resources and Water Minister Keith Pitt and Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist Dr Steve Hill with the ‘little surveyor’ of the Port Wakefield Highway Overpass and Duplication Project in Australia -Southern.

Jhe time needed to complete major road infrastructure projects will be significantly reduced through major satellite-based GPS upgrades through a joint partnership between the Commonwealth, State Government and the private sector.

The Commonwealth is making a national investment of $64 million in upgrading GPS positioning capability, improving accuracy from meters to centimeters.

“Led by Geoscience Australia, the Commonwealth Government will provide an additional 57 reference stations nationwide as part of our network of over 700 reference stations, in partnership with industry and state governments,” said Federal Minister of Resources and Water, Keith Pitt.

In South Australia, for example, the upgrade will dramatically speed up some work on Port Wakefield’s freeway overpass and duplication process, with a robot called the ‘Tiny Surveyor’ capable of carrying out marking work in days. , instead of several weeks.

“This technology will improve positioning accuracy from 5 to 10 meters, up to 3 to 5 centimeters in areas with mobile and internet coverage,” said Minister Pitt.

“It will enable government and industry to easily connect and access positioning data and pave the way for innovation and new positioning-based products, services and technologies to benefit industry and from the community.”

South Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the tiny robots will have a positive impact on the $124.5 million Port Wakefield project.

“Exhausting and tedious tasks that would take survey crews weeks to complete manually can be done with this little robot in days thanks to this revolutionary technology,” said Minister Wingard.

“It allows survey teams to oversee robot movements in a safe location away from heavy machinery and live traffic.”

In South Australia, 68 reference stations are involved, including 12 new additions.

South Australia is a good example of the collaborative approach taken, with over 40 existing reference stations in South Australia operated by industry, including Position Partners and UPG (Ultimate Positioning Group).

Position Partners, which supports construction and geospatial businesses across South Australia, supplied the ‘Tiny Surveyor’ for the Port Wakefield project.

“Connected to the network of reference stations and using precise positioning technology, the robot automatically completes even the most complex line marking projects in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional manual methods,” Martin said. Nix, CEO of Position Partners.

Preliminary work for the expansion and upgrade of the reference station network is progressing, with Geoscience Australia expecting completion in South Australia by June 2022 and the national project to be completed by June 2023.

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