For Daniel Heitmann the theory and practice taught during his Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) is often directly related to his work on-the-job as a surveyor.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours)
From the very first week students go off-site to Yarra Bend to do field work working with GNSS (global navigation satellite system), levelling equipment and total stations. We then learn how to process the data collected with a variety of software packages.
I first became aware of surveying when I did an engineering course at TAFE. I could see the connection between the maths that I studied and where it was applied to the job. Then while working in engineering, I saw the demand for surveyors in the industry and liked the opportunity it provided to work both outdoors and indoors.
The information I’m learning never ceases to amaze me. For example, did you know the distortion on different map projections can change the apparent size of certain countries? It makes sense to me now but when I first heard about it really got me thinking!
Using industry-standard equipment and facilities is an important part of the program at RMIT.
From the very first week students go off-site to Yarra Bend to do field work working with GNSS (global navigation satellite system), levelling equipment and total stations. We then learn how to process the data collected with a variety of software packages (such as ArcGIS, Trimble Business Centre, LISCAD, Adobe Illustrator).
I currently work at a land surveying company based on the Mornington Peninsula and an engineering surveying company in North Melbourne, and recently completed vacation work at a mine in Central Queensland.
Earlier this year I worked as a surveyor on the level crossing removals between Ormond and Bentleigh Stations. On this project I was able to see exactly where the surveyor is needed on large construction jobs.
The practical-based learning at RMIT provided a solid foundation for the workplace. For instance, the formulas entered into my calculator I use every day at work: so I clearly see the correlation between what I am learning at university and what I do at work.
I’m not sure which area of surveying I would like to pursue but I’ve been able to experience different fields during my studies. I’m aiming to gain as much experience so that one day I could lead a survey team or even run my own business.