Focus On: Urban Cadastral Surveyor – International Involvement Provides Local Opportunity
Taylors involvement with international community initiatives and our partnership with the Fiji Housing Authority has provided Noa with the opportunity to gain knowledge from Victorian surveying firms and help him grow and understand another country’s techniques. Noa, originally from Fiji, is now enthusiastically completing work placement in our Melbourne office.
“Taylors was recommended by my superiors in Fiji who had worked with them before on a Fijian project.” Said Noa. “The recommendation came around the time when I had been researching survey firms around the Melbourne area, and I became motivated to approach the company as it suited the areas that I want to be exposed to.” As an experienced surveyor for the Fiji government, Noa has come on board with our Urban Development Survey and Subdivision team at Taylors as part of a scholarship. The scholarship requires a number of practical hours of experience to be completed, and Cadastral Survey Manager, Luke Kaspercyck, has made sure that there is no shortage of work for Noa to get stuck into.
“He’s currently working on various cadastral projects from subdivision work, to control and estate work. So, he’s learning how the Victorian system works and how we set up and maintain equipment etc. through to re-established feature.” Commented Luke Kaspercyck. “We’re trying to give him experience in all areas of our cadastral survey team and show him all the skills that we do in line with Surveying Victoria. I potentially want to show him other aspects of the business before he goes, we’re hoping to get him on some of the laser scanning – more high-end tech jobs.”
While the position requires some early morning field attendance, and the occasional long evening, Noa has ‘settled in like any other surveyor’, ‘he just jumped in and away he went’, ‘grabbed it with two hands and ran with it’ according to his team members. “Being part of team Taylors is a great opportunity,” Noa remarked. “as it fosters a great family unit, friendly working environment and great work ethics. Taylors have a direct relationship with their employees and, in my eyes, a growth by an employee is a growth for the company.”
Despite some challenges including public transport times to and from the office, and understanding the customised software programs used in Australia, the highlights of the position far outweigh the minor inconveniences.
“His general day is the same as the other surveyors.” Luke commented. “There is now more work based in the field because that’s where the help is needed in our team due to our many projects. From an office perspective, we’ve been giving him drafting tasks and checking processes that we have in place. These office tasks are mainly to do with broad acre subdivision, he’s been making field notes and PCM sketches. He’s very well spoken, and very meticulous with his writing skills. He’s diligent and gets the work done.”
When asked about what some of the best moments of working at Taylors were, Noa’s highlights included:
• Meeting new people
• Balancing work and life outside of the office
• Learning new ideas about survey work
• Getting first-hand experience on applications of theories learned in university
• Being part of a friendly, caring and motivated working environment, which boosts production
• Learning about new software and equipment
“I’m looking forward to widening my base of experience on cadastral survey and infrastructure development.” Said Noa. “I have a vision to become a Licensed Surveyor in the future and knowing skills from other countries helps to expand my knowledge. As a result of working with the Taylors team, I can take many skills back to my home country including, knowing how to use robotic equipment for surveying, field techniques for different surveys, time efficiency and effectiveness of utilising customised templates, and planning procedures for executing field work.”
“I’d like to wish him luck with taking back the skills and sharing with his community how surveying operates in other parts of the world.” Luke concluded. “To share how it translates against their practices and how it is applied and if some of these techniques can be included in work back there.”
The Taylors team would like to wish Noa all the best for the remainder of his time here, and every success for his future surveying career when he returns to his community in Fiji.