Mark Hannaford from Opti-cal’s Technical Support and Training Team was called upon recently to help course lecturer, Jag Sihre at South and City College Birmingham. Offering a wide range of higher education courses this modern vocational college offers a HNC/HND in Civil Engineering.
As the Survey element of the course approached Mark prepared his presentations and headed to the college to help the students cover the following modules;
- Topographical surveying including codes and features
- Setting out coordinated points and error report producing
- Setting up via a resection
All practical work was carried out using Leica TS16 Robotic Total Stations. The practical sessions were structured to meet or exceed the syllabus requirements and top off the excellent theory and calculation coursework already provided by course leader Jag Sihre.
The course students were made up of a mixture of engineers working on-site and those just starting out. All were impressive in their desire to learn something new.
“I always enjoy helping out at colleges especially with well organised classes like this one. It can be difficult keeping up with the latest equipment each year which is why collaborations such as this work so well. I would like to thank all the students for the careful attention they paid me.”
Mark Hannaford - Technical Support and Training
"The change in syllabus for the BTEC level 4 qualifications has put emphasis on readying students for either higher qualifications or life on active sites. This means understanding modern equipment as well as the theories behind how they work. The support I received from Opti-cal beyond simply supplying the equipment, really helped with this section of the course."
Jag Sihre - Course Leader
Don’t forget Opti-cal offers both Technical Support and Training to help unlock the full potential of your survey equipment. We offer structured training programs that enable you to take full advantage of your instruments capabilities, and help improve the workflow both in the field and in the office.