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Summer placement secondments to Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council needed to survey all their highway assets to load onto a GIS system, as part of their asset management strategy.  To provide the temporary manpower needed for this survey, Waterman Aspen recruited eight masters students over their summer break from the University of Portsmouth.

The students used GPS enabled tablets to locate, describe, and assess the condition of approximately 10,000 data points across the city in only 2 months – a great effort.  The council can now make efficient use of budgets through data-driven decisions about repair and replacement strategies.

As a thank you to the students, they visited the newly constructed Cruise Terminal Annex building at Portsmouth International Port and were shown around the facility by its Construction Manager, Waterman Aspen’s Jason Ellam-Brown.

One of the students, Chibuzor said: “My summer internship as a GIS Surveyor for Waterman Aspen was a formative learning experience in collaborative working with my colleagues. This experience was capped with a tour of the newly constructed Portsmouth International Port Annex Building where we got to witness real life implementation of sustainable infrastructure like green walls, wind-catcher technology, and a sea water heating exchange unit.”

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