Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

GPS Camera Calculates Road Repair Jobs

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

GPS Camera Calculates Road Repair Jobs

Article excerpt

WHEN it comes to GPS, normally they are used to help you find roads, not fix them.

Yesterday Mackay Regional Council roads and drainage supervisor Charlie Ward was demonstrating how council uses a GPS camera that is used to help map out damaged roads and what is needed to fix them.

This camera that is used by council costs about $10,000.

Mr Ward said it worked like a normal camera, you aim the camera at what you want to take a picture of.

From there it loads up a range of statistics and co-ordinates needed to fix the damage.

C[pounds sterling]All the co-ordinates come up and from there they are downloaded on to the computer.

C[pounds sterling]It tells you what to do, say whether it is to do a gravel re-sheet, how wide the road is, the length of it to the depth of the gravel. …

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