College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Geo centre gifts Unisa with equipment

The Department of Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) was generously supplied with survey equipment by ProtSurv Geo Centre (Pty) Ltd (formerly Protea Surveying Instruments). This handover took place at Wetlands Surveying Practical Field next to the Unisa Science Campus on 14 September 2017. As a token of generosity, the gift consisted of a Fujiyama FYT 20″ theodolite and a 3V clear wooden heavy-duty tripod, which is used by surveyors and constructors. This sponsorship was a form of support from the private sector to Unisa education.

Local company ProtSurv gave CSET’s Department of Engineering a theodolite and tripod for their land surveying students.

ProtSurv was very grateful for the opportunity presented to them by Unisa to be part of its project. The company also used the platform to speak about an application system they offer for surveying. “The DuoSoftField application is development software that does the calculations automatically; it increases and decreases elevation and it can work on an Android device,” stated one of the representatives.

ProtSurv is a major supplier of surveying instruments in the Southern Africa. The company was started by Dirk van der Walt in 1986 as a family-run business based in Johannesburg and has grown tremendously over the 30 years of its existence.

Land surveying is a growing career that attracts people from fields such as geology, forestry, engineering, construction, and astronomy. This career field is in high demand in industry, government, and the private sector in South Africa.

Unisa is very grateful for the equipment and plans to take more students for practical sessions weekly. This is going to have a huge impact on the students as they enjoy being in the field and gaining more fulfilling knowledge.

*By Neo Kgaphola