This week at Davis: 14 February 2020

Surveying the Vestfold hills and surrounding waterways is all in a days work for the folks from these ADF teams.

Davis Aerodrome Project Surveyors surveying things that need surveying

In May 2018 the Australian Government announced its intention to construct a 2700m paved runway near Davis research station, subject to environmental approvals.

For the 2019-20 field season, Australian Defence Force (ADF) surveyors are supporting the project to gather vital terrestrial and hydrographic data. A team of four ADF terrestrial surveyors have spent most of the summer at Davis, whilst nine ADF hydrographic surveyors recently arrived at Davis station on the Aurora Australis.

The primary focus for the terrestrial team is undertaking a full feature survey of the runway footprint, located on the Ridge Site of the Vestfold Hills, as well as surveying access road alignments and areas of additional infrastructure through Adams Flat, Heidemann Valley and Davis Link. This critical work will help collect vital terrain survey data, enabling design of the proposed runway to continue. The terrestrial survey team will also undertake surveys of the current Davis research station, as well as areas where new infrastructure may be required if the aerodrome is approved to be constructed.

The hydrographic team will undertake hydrographic surveys around Davis station, including exploring potential locations for additional or expanded wharf or boat ramp infrastructure, or alternative barge landing areas. This work is undertaken through Inflatable Rubber Boats, with hydrographic survey gear specially mounted to custom platforms that are attached to the boat. The collection of hydrographic data is a critical component in identifying future opportunities for supporting station operations and future infrastructure requirements. 

The hydrography team stop for a photo in front of the Aurora Australis ship in Hobart
ADF Hydrography team in front of RSV Aurora Australis prior to boarding…
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The ADF terrestrial survey team on their quad bikes at the proposed aerodrome site
ADF terrestrial survey team on the site of the proposed aerodrome. The…
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A survey team climbing up a hill at the brown, rocky, proposed aerodrome site
Davis Aerodrome Project geotech & survey team at northern extent of proposed…
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A surveyor in an inflatable rubber boat measures the Davis boat ramp depth
Surveying of existing boat ramp gradient at Davis Station. Inflatable rubber boat…
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The ADF terrestrial survey team pose for a photo with their quad bikes and surveyors tripod
ADF Terrestrial team School Picture.
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Surveyor setting up his scanner at the brown, rocky, proposed aerodrome ridge site
Setting up scanner on Ridge Site. Surveyors are undertaking a full feature…
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