UNESCO Training Project Journal
30 March 2008
By Rasika Muthucumarana
Tamura-san showing us how to zero set the Total Station. Large View (Photo courtesy of the Central Cultural Fund).
A Day with
We assembled our equipment and climbed onto the ramparts of the Galle Fort. Our task for the day was to use a Total Station for surveying parts of the ramparts. The Total Station is a sophisticated survey tool that is able to accurately measure the distance and angles between points in a very short time. Our aim was to get familiar with this equipment and understand the mechanism.
Tamura-san hiding behind a range pole. (Photo courtesy of the Central Cultural Fund).
The Total Station came from one of the CCF projects in Anuradhapura. With it came Tamura-san, the expert operator from Japan. He is a very nice guy with strange mannerisms. He does not speak English instead of that he can talk Sinhala with a Japanese accent. He showed us how to use the Total Station and take observations. Each of us had to use it and set the control points and take the data. Nerina, Anusha, Gamini & Janaka from Team 1 also joined us. We had a great time on the ramparts, but by the end of the day we paid for it when starting the calculations on the data. It was not easy or as fun as working on the ramparts. We needed to use complex formulas to calculate the results from the data.
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