Engineering students given a boost

28 April 2008

Handover: Waldo Minny of Cadastral Computing gives UCT's Dr Julian Smit a new software package as Advanced Computer Solutions', as Derek Bretherton watch.

The work of UCT engineering students received a boost when two companies donated multi-user software worth about R300 000 to the geomatics division of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics.

Cadastral Computing and Advanced Computer Solutions handed the software to the representatives of the division on 14 April. The aim, the companies said, was to get their services "closer to students".

The software will be used for contouring, cadastral diagrams and draughting, enabling the students to perform all their calculations and diagram generations using just one package.

"Multiple software systems that are not locally supported often lead to clumsy filing," said Dr Julian Smit, head of the geomatics division.

Students will learn to use these software tools to prepare diagrams and plans as submitted to the Surveyor General's Office by professional land surveyors, a requirement for graduates before registering.

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