Reference stations to assist land surveys

$93M contract signed

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Local stakeholders are closer to benefiting from a new ordnance system that uses Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) to assist in land and other surveys.

A $93Million contract was signed earlier today with Peter Headland of Ordnance Survey and Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) Commissioner, Trevor Benn that will see the realization of eight re-established 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 10.

Trevor Benn of GLSC receives the signed contract from Peter Headland of OSI while Minister of State, Joseph Harmon looks on.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said the establishment of the CORS network in Guyana is an important development as it would enable the GLSC to fulfil one of the main aspects of its mandate which is the execution of geodetic, topographic, hydrographic and cadastral surveys in relation to the land and water resources of Guyana.

Minister Harmon said the CORS system will also help the GLSC to gather information, set targets and indicators and develop sustainable land use policies that are in line with the implementation of the country’s green state development strategy.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Benn explained that this network is used to augment the local accuracy of GPS readings. “Such a network has application in a wide variety of fields including surveying mining agriculture and construction to name a few. It is important to note however that this is not a new project approximately 7 years ago the government expended approximately half a billion Guyanese dollars on this network. Sadly, however, it was never put to use.”

“This project seeks to establish and sustainably maintain a modern robust and accurate national geodetic positioning network for Guyana. The project is envisioned to be highly complex with a specialized blend of technical work to be undertaken to ensure sustainability, an institutional strengthening and capacity building component has been built into the project.”

In June 2012, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) invited sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the Supply and Delivery of a CORS Network. Bids were to be opened on July 31, of the said year, and the system delivered within three months of contract signing.

By: Kidackie Amsterdam.