Windfarm construction draws heavily on the professional skills of surveyors using a variety of techniques and technologies. At project commencement the site facilities, access roads, hardstand areas, turbine locations and environmental protection areas need to be positioned using GPS.
The surveyor’s task then turns to quality control for the turbine tower bases and final grades on hardstand areas. The work then moves to QA certification before and after the pouring of the significant turbine foundations. Final involvement in preparation of lease and easement documentation and as-constructed mapping of reticulation cables completes the surveying tasks on windfarm projects.
The surveyor’s skills in GPS, data manipulation, precise levelling/positioning, as-constructed mapping and plan preparation are all put to the test on these demanding projects. The work is often completed in trying physical conditions and on tight time lines.
TGM’s survey team has provided services on the Mt Mercer Wind Farm in Western Victoria. Its 64 wind turbines will produce enough energy to power the City of Ballarat. The TGM team worked with Downer EDI who built the roads and set up all the hardstands and foundations and REpower Australia who supplied and installed the turbines.
The project required ongoing survey support from both the TGM Ballarat and Geelong offices and follows on from four previous windfarm projects completed by the TGM surveyors.
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