CORS vital to sustainable land use

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, September 6, 2018

Continuous Operating Reference Stations (CORS) are vital to the government’s vision of ordered and sustainable land use within the framework the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and the establishment of the green economy in Guyana.

The closing ceremony for the third in a series of workshops on the use of the recently rehabilitated CORS network in Guyana was held at the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) training room earlier today.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon who addressed the gathering, said the $93Million dollar investment “will also be an important tool for efficiently dealing with the inevitable increase in demand for state lands for the extensive developments that are taking place and are expected to take place as a result of revenue inflows from our oil and gas production in the near future”.

The State Minister, stressed the importance of the exercise since there has been an increase in requests for land, particularly “along the riverbanks of the Demerara and Berbice rivers and on the Atlantic coast shores.”

 

In addition, Minister Harmon noted that the CORS network will add efficacy to the GLSC’s management of the nation’s land resources

“The government regards the establishment of the CORS network in Guyana as a very important development which will enable the GLSC to fulfil one of the main aspects of its mandate, which is to execute geodetic topographic hydrographic and cadastral surveys in relation to the land and water resources of Guyana,” Minister Harmon added.

According to David Cole, Manager of Information Systems at GLSC of the eight (8) previously established CORS, two have been made operable in Georgetown and New Amsterdam with another in Linden soon to be fully functional. The restoration of the remaining stations is to be completed by year-end.

In June, a $93Million contract was signed with Peter Headland of Ordnance Survey and Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) Commissioner, Trevor Benn for the realisation of eight re-established CORS stations becoming functional at the Eclipse Falls – Region One; Supenaam – Region Two; Georgetown – Region Four; New Amsterdam – Region Six; Olive Creek – Region Seven; Lethem – Region Nine; and Linden – Region Ten.

Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) is a network of reference stations that provides a virtual base station that allows users to access long-range high-accuracy Network RTK corrections.

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