Geomatics Equipment and Methods Used in Lodged Cadastral Records


Cadastre & Land Administration

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Kuluyolo Ifunyenwe Nxesi, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa,
Ivan Farayi Muzondo, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa,
Edward Kurwakumire, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa,
GuyBIkokou, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa,


Almost anything that happens these days revolves around technology, which has made the life of Geomatics professional much simpler and easier and surveys quicker. For years spoiled of choice, Geomatics professionals today have equipment to select from when conducting a survey, most of which can perform the same functions at different speeds, different accuracy and different environments.

However, the statutes under which Geomatics professionals, encompassing formerly learned professionals in Cadastral, Engineering, Mining, Mapping, Spatial Analysis etc, has remained unchanged with the survey records being submitted to the Surveyor-Generals in paper formats, even when the spatial data was collected digitally. This demonstrates a profession unconscious of trends, technological changes or too long a train for the hind carriages to feel the turn taken by the fore carriages in time before the next turn is reached. This paper evaluates the range of instruments used by Geomatics professionals (Professional land Surveyors) and their assistants in conducting cadastral surveys lodged with the Surveyor-General in the East London Office in the month of March 2013.The results show that two instruments were used; Total Stations and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with the latter being more commonly utilised.

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