Students get fast track to survey state of the art Speedy equipment
Stourbridge College students studying for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction & the Built Environment benefited from a demonstration of state-of-the-art surveying equipment recently by a representative of Speedy - the UK’s leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company.
Mark Hannaford from Speedy Services, which operates across the construction and industrial markets, has delivered a series of lectures for students at the Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) in Brierley Hill recently. He gave detailed demonstrations of digital GPS equipment alongside a range of Leica surveying materials.
Mozz Baker, Lecturer in Construction & the Built Environment, said: "Speedy Services very kindly agreed to send a guest speaker along to the ATC to show students the very latest in surveying equipment – kit that we don’t have access to on the course. Mark gave the students, and myself, some hands-on training as well as delivering an excellent presentation to help us understand what kind of role the new equipment is playing in the industry today."
Mark Hannaford, Midlands Area Technical Sales Support (Survey) for Speedy, said: "It's been a real pleasure teaching the students at the ATC. I was determined to make the course as practical as possible to give them some real hands-on training. There is currently a large skills shortage in surveying and engineering and courses like the one offered at Stourbridge College will help fill the gap. The college has some equipment that it already owns, a Pentax theodolite as well as some Nikon levels and Total Stations and we've used this to perform traditional surveying tasks. The equipment supplied by Speedy has allowed the students to use the latest technology from Leica Geo-Systems and other industry leaders including the TS15 robotic imaging total station, GS15 GNSS equipment and a Hilti Ferroscan rebar scanner."
"Dayle Bartlett, 23, works for Chasetown Civil Engineering in Staffordshire, and is employed as a site engineer. He said: “In my role at work I carry out survey and setting out work. It was really interesting to learn the maths and theory behind the automated process that I use in my every day job. I can see that this surveying module will help me in my career progression and Mark added lots of real life examples and stories to illustrate the learning which really helped."
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