RDO Integrated Controls
RDO Integrated Controls, RDO Equipment Co.’s positioning division, provides land surveying and civil engineering technology students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art industry equipment valued at $225,000.
Current equipment on loan includes the following:
- Two Topcon Imaging Stations: Worth $47,400 per unit, these impressive robotic total stations have 3D scanning capabilities. The robotic portion of the station allows one student to run the instrument and the pole robotically to collect topographic features or to stake out features such as buildings, roads, sidewalks, utilities, etc. The imaging portion of the station allows students to collect data on things such as a stockpile of gravel to determine volume.
- Three Topcon GPS Base/Rover Systems: Estimated at $23,900 per unit, these global position systems use satellites to give a position on the earth’s surface.
- Eight Tesla Controllers with Magnet Software: Worth $7,190 per unit, these hand-held touchscreen computers control both the imaging stations and the GPS units.
- Miscellaneous Equipment: Also included in the one-year equipment loan were five Topcon tripods, five range poles, eight Tesla mounting brackets and updated office software to process data.
North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors
The North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors (NDSPLS) provides up to six $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in an approved Land Surveying curriculum.
The scholarship is awarded by the NDSPLS Education Assistance Program Committee.