First Global Surveyors Day – 21 March 2018

Several organisations, hereunder especially CLGE (Europe), NSPS (USA) supported by FIG have decided that it is very important for the world to reflect on the work that surveyors do. It is essential to know what impact all the many various kinds of surveyors can have all over the world.

In order to highlight the importance of a surveyor, their job and the work field, the date 21 March has been chosen and named Global Surveyors’ Day.

It is the hope that this day is being celebrated around the world. It can be celebrated in many different ways, and it is up to the national surveyors to find their best way to celebrate the day. The day is among other places celebrated in Nepal and in Latvia.

This first edition of the Global Surveyors’ Day will be specially marked at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington DC, US with representation of FIG, CLGE and NSPS and hopefully many other surveyors and others from around the world who will be in Washington DC.

We are very honored and thankful that the World Bank has agreed to host this Premiere event.

At the same time the site: will be launched, and will go live at 12:00 am GMT on 21 March 2018.


Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyed (NICS),  organised a Global Surveyors’ Day on 21 March 2018, in association with Survey Department, Government of Nepal,with the chief guest of Mr. Gopi Nath Mainali , secretary Min of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperative. During the occasson Transliteration of Technical Terms English – Nepali  Survey Dictionary compiled by Mr P.P. Oli was issued.



The Newest Trimble® TSC7 Controller

Trimble has announced its newest controller, which hits the market together with a new version of its field software, Access 2018.The Trimble® TSC7 controller integrates a tablet experience with with a physical keypad into survey workflows. Featuring a processor with plenty of power, it makes quick work of large projects and handles 3D data visualization and manipulation with ease.Big Screen.Giant Potential.

Trimble® TSC7, the rugged, ergonomic controller that delivers the power and flexibility of Microsoft® Windows® 10 Pro and Trimble Access™ software on a seven-inch touch screen. This powerful combination unleashes unlimited potential for your workflow. With the TSC7, you don’t just get the big picture. You control it.

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Tough and rugged Trimble T10 Tablet


WHY Survey & GIS professionals typically use different devices for data collection and office processing tasks?

Because of Technial Limitations.

As we know Hanheld devices has small screen sizes, low processing power and short battery life, on the other hand Desktop computers are with big in size and weight, need more power and lacks ruggedness.

TRIMBEL T10 Tablet solves both issues so now you can make informed decisions faster and avoid missing data, do-overs and costly mistakes.

Trimble T10 Tablet

A data controller and field processor in one device for office workflow in the field. Yes its works with Windows 10 operating system. Now you can leave the laptop in the office! Read More



There are several ways to MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA by getting a permanent residency visa for skilled professionals. This article is about the most common Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and  Skilled nominated Visa (190) . It is a point based system that can be done by yourself without paying for an agency or third party fee. The whole process is through online and courier mail without any interview or human relation unless additional information is required by phone. Typically it will take 6 to 10 months to get the Australian Permanent Resident visa. Even though this article covers an example for a Surveyor, it is generally for all skilled professions.

This stream is for Points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Benifits of migrating to Australia

By obtaining a permanent resident visa you will be eligible to

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
  • Permanent resident of Australia is also granted the right to travel to New Zealand and apply for a New Zealand Visa. This is a provision that has been granted by the government of New Zealand.
  • Children of permanent residents who are born in Australia are deemed Australian citizens by birth. This will be one great advantage because they will enjoy the maximum benefits in the field of education and health care.

You can include your partner and your or your partner’s child or step-child in your application. Family members who are granted the visa have the same rights and can do the same things as you.

1.  Check your profession in the below check list.

Yes! Surveying is still a most wanted job in Australia. Other Professionals can check their jobs in the list. If it is in the list they can go to next step. Earlier the list was called as the SOL (Skilled Occupation List), But from 2017 it has been revised and called as Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List. This Occupation list will remain as the Occupation list from 2018 and on till it revised by relevant authorities.

Migration (IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2017

2. Check your points.

Assess yourself with the basic qualification and points. You must need minimum 65 points to get the Permanent Residency Visa.


The points table

Age Points
18-24 years 25
25-32 years 30
33-39 years 25
40-44 years 15
English Points
Competent English 0
Proficient English 10
Superior English 20
Skilled employment in the last 10 years – outside Australia Points
Less than 3 years 0
3-4 years 5
5-7 years 10
8-10 years 15
Skilled employment in the last 10 years – in Australia Points
Less than 1 year 0
1-2 years 5
3-4 years 10
5-7 years 15
8-10 years 20

Qualifications Points
A Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution that is of a recognised standard. 20
A Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution that is of a recognised standard. 15
A diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia 10
An award or qualification recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation. 10
Australian study requirement Points
At least one degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meets the Australian study requirement 5
Specialist education qualification Points
A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least two academic years in a relevant field. 5
Other Points
Accredited in a community language 5
Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area that meets the Australian study requirement 5
Partner skill qualifications 5
Professional year in Australia 5

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Plotting while measuring saves time and make the drawing accurate with no ambiguities. Creating accurate drawings is painless with a Bluetooth enabled DISTO device. If you paired the Distometer with AutoCAD mobile app, the Plotting can be done simultaneously.

First turn on Bluetooth in both devices and pair them. See the image below.


After tapping on “Connect to Leica DISTO”, make sure your Leica DISTO device is turned on, and that the Bluetooth of your mobile device or IPAD is also turned on.

The laser icon on the top bar will be displayed in green to indicate a successful connection.

Simply create a line in your drawing, take a measurement with a DISTO, and the length will update automatically. It’s the quickest way to cut your drafting time in half.

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Reach RS

Yes! Now you can buy a GNSS GPS for under 1000 US Dollars. Emlid has created “Reach RS” GPS for the cheapest price. So that ever-ready surveying, mapping and data collection can be done with centimeter accuracy. There is no need of a controller, just download the ReachView app in you smartphone and configure the Rover base Connection.

The main features are

  • GNSS   -GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS
  • Long range radio- LoRa 868/915 MHz for reliable correction on distances up to 8 km
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth- To connect to your device
  • 2 GB storage- For logs and solution tracks
  • 30 hours battery – LiFePo4 battery, USB charging, external 5-40V input
  • Dual-feed antenna- With tight phase center variation

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There are so many GPS apps can be found in the app stores with lot of recommendations and advertisements. But ‘GPS TEST’ simply outperforms them with its simplicity and in-depth information. Over 10 million downloads with excellent ratings and actual user reviews make this app a shining star.


Land surveyors mostly deal with UTM coordinates.
Unlike other GPS apps, ‘GPS TEST’  gives you the UTM coordinates. So that the accuracy of survey works can be checked roughly in few meters. Just got settings and select UTM in the format and WGS84  or the required datum. It will display UTM coordinates with zone and altitude as well. Read More

Is it possible to Survey without vertically holding the GPS Pole?

Is it possible to Survey without vertically holding the GPS Pole?

Is this Land Surveyor doing right?

In common sense no one will accept the surveyed data in above manner. But time has changed. Nowadays you can survey in any angle without holding the pole vertically.

The Leica GS18 T is the world’s first tilt compensating rover, so that you can survey without holding the rover vertically. As above image depicts you can measure even under a vehicle truck. You will save a lot if time because it is  no longer needed to hold the pole vertical to level the bubble. Read More

Basic methods of GNSS/GPS setup or measurement


As we know a typical GPS setup needs a base and rover. The Base is setup in the known control point and the rover used for the surveys. Leica GS 15 GPS is taken as example in this post. It can be set up in 3 different methods for the GPS Surveying. They are

  1. Setting up with internal antenna
  2. Setting up with external Radio or antenna
  3. Setting up with GSM modem

It will be described briefly how above mentioned system works.

1.Setting up with internal antenna

In this method the small “L” shaped antenna is fixed in the base and rover. The following photos shows typical internal antenna. The range of coverage  is around 2 km. This method is simple and fast but less coverage. Read More

How to Calculate Scale Factor (in Land Surveying)

How to Calculate Scale Factor (in Land Surveying)

scale factor

A map projection provides a means of representing the curved surface of the earth on a plane surface so that coordinate grids can be defined and maps drawn. The relative positions of points on the grid are altered slightly from their ground positions as a result of using Transverse Mercator Projection to account for the curvature of the earth. The formula for the scale factor is

Scale Factor=Grid Distance/Measured Distance (at MSL)

For example take these two coordinates Read More