One of the best ways to learn about surveying is by doing it.
Across the country, surveyors are committed to providing secondary school students with the opportunity to test drive surveying for themselves. There is some pretty exciting technology to play with, sure – but these surveying exercises also help demonstrate exactly how STEM school subjects like mathematics and geography connect with a real world career in surveying. That’s important information for a secondary student to have if they are thinking about pursuing jobs with maths or STEM careers.
This page features a few videos that highlight what these days are all about.
RMIT Experience Surveying Days
After resting for a year, Victoria’s RMIT Experience Surveying Day was revived in October 2019. Based at a brand new site – centrally located in Carlton, a 13 minute walk from the Melbourne CBD – the afternoon event was still a chance for school students to put surveying to the test for an hour. During COVID, the events have moved online, but they will return to the open air once it is safe to do so.
Until then, you can read more about the online version on this page, and watch these two videos here. Spencer, one of the first students to take part in the day at the new location, took time out from his afternoon to chat about the event, what he found interesting, and whether surveying was on the horizon for his future studies. Thierry Demanthieu, Program Manager for Surveying at RMIT, also added his thoughts. You can also hear a preview of his online talk in the third video!
Maths in Surveying Days
In New South Wales, the Maths in Surveying Day events have become a longstanding tradition. Organiser Ian Iredale has run them since 2007, and while they have taken a break during the current health crisis, the NSW surveying community is looking forward to bringing them back to help students come to grips with surveying’s real world applications. In the below video, Ian discusses the thinking behind the events.