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Malawian surveyors shun new technologies

mbanoRegional Surveyor General for the North, Masida Mbano, has warned that continued use of old surveying technologies is costing the country a lot as many designs are based on limited data which makes projects take longer to be completed.

Mbano said while a lot of technologies are evolving in surveying equipment, making land surveying more precise and accurate, faster and easier and reducing labour intensity of the traditional methods of surveying and mapping, most of the technologies are not fully utilized by Malawian surveyors.

He was speaking on Friday in Mzuzu when he presented a public lecture titled ‘Trends in surveying equipments: The role of surveying to development’. The function was organised by the Northern Chapter of Malawi Institute of Engineers.

Mbano said Malawian surveyors shun the new technologies because of limited funds for modern surveying equipment and mapping system; expensive application software; ignorance or reluctance and lack of proper staff training.

“Surveying is obviously the backbone of development in Malawi. Putting all technologies to their use would give faster, better quality data and, hence save money for the government and other stakeholders as well,” said Mbano.

Asked to explain why some cities, including Mzuzu, have poorly designed structures, Mbano attributed the problem to the limited data on which designs were made because of using old technologies. This, he said, is one of the factors for such structures.

But he said surveyors and other engineers play a great role in the development of the country by defining legal land boundaries; providing essential engineering support for urban development and large infrastructure projects; development and operation of mines and the management of the environment and resources.

Chairperson for the Chapter, Collen Zalengera, said such public lectures are important because they provide solutions to some of the problems the country faces.

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