A REPORT ON THE INTERNSHIP AT THE LANDS COMMISSION: SURVEY AND MAPPING DIVISION OF THE WESTERN REGION IN TAKORADI, FROM THE 29th OF MAY, 2017 TO THE 21ST OF JULY, 2017.
Our supervisor, Mr. Dominic Asiedu took us through an orientation on how work is done in the various offices. We were later introduced to the staffs of the department; the Regional Surveyor, known as Mr. Robert Hackman, Mr. Emmanuel Lartey as the Deputy Surveyor and Mr. Kweku Adey Blankson as the Chief examiner.
We were made aware of the four (4) divisions in the Commission. They are; the Survey and Mapping division, Land Evaluation and Board division, Land Title Registration, and the Public and Vested Land Management division. We were also made known of two other districts of the lands commission at Bibiani and Tarkwa headed by Mr. Nii Quaye and Sir. Albert respectively.
I was taught plotting by entering the projected coordinates into the AutoCAD application with the Eastings first followed by the Northings. By joining the points with lines, a figure or shape is shown, depicting a land size. We were also taught how to use Excel to aid in plotting.
I was taught how to set the tripod with the tribrach on known pillars and available pillars in and around the workplace by Mr. Asiedu and Mr. Isaac Tetteh. I was also taught how to check files, by making crosschecks between the coordinates on the Cadastral plan and the downloaded points from the GPS,
I was taught how to use the handheld GPS to pick geographic coordinates, to convert the geographic coordinates to projected coordinates using the coordinate calculator, then to be plotted in the AutoCAD application. We were put into groups to pick coordinates.
I was taught traversing using the theodolite. I was also taught how to calculate bearing and distance of point form another point. I went to the field at Essipon to pick coordinates of a piece of land. In the picking of these points, I made using of the Static GPS; which is placed at the various pillars of the land. The device uses a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes to pick the points
I was taught leveling with the theodolite. With the help of the leveling staff and selected points, we made the readings and booked them. I calculated for the Rise and Fall to aid in knowing the topography or undulating nature of the land
I was unavailable due to sickness and some pressing issues. I sort permission form our supervisor, Mr. Dominic Asiedu. But I was able to make it for the last two working days and I plotted some points
I went to pick coordinates of some plots of land using the Static GPS at Fijai, Agona, and Assakae. I also did some plotting.
During my internship, I have learnt how to plot points in the AutoCAD application, and also through Excel. I have also learnt how to use the handheld and static GPS, the theodolite, how to read from the levelling staff and how to set a tripod.