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Students in the geomatics classes at the Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada are getting a head start on their pursuit of a surveying career thanks to two key factors: a devoted surveyor-turned-instructor, and a powerful survey software program that is streamlining the college’s once difficult curriculum.
Bob Watson, the geomatics instructor and a former private surveying consultant, recalls when his students were using a cumbersome survey software packed with too many unneeded features and that was focused on design engineering tasks. This prompted Watson to contact Canada-based MicroSurvey, Inc., a maker of surveying software, to ask if it would provide the college’s geomatics students with site licenses of the company’s popular and widely used MicroSurvey CAD. Watson had used the company’s DOS-based software for field survey calculations back in the 1980’s and remembered finding it easy to use and very fast. Giving his students exposure to MicroSurvey CAD software, Watson believed, would pave the way toward helping them launch a successful surveying career.