DPWH upgrades equipment for planning, surveying in Southern Leyte

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (SLDEO) will see improvement in its planning and surveying capabilities with newly procured equipment worth ₱2.4 million.

SLDEO is now equipped with a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation that enhances precision of position data for distances up to 10 to 20 kilometers; an echo sounder that determines the depth of water by transmitting pulses into the water; and a site-meter distance that provides for the exact distance.

District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said the new equipment will provide accurate data for more effective project planning.

“Using the newly acquired equipment, lesser manpower is needed in conducting survey. It will likewise reduce a supposed seven days of work to two days,” she added.

Planning and Design Section Chief Vincent Sy III said the newly procured apparatus will hasten their job in creating project designs and layouts.

“To ensure that we can properly utilize the modern equipment, training for our survey teams on how to use these brand-new materials is scheduled next week,” Sy said.

The District Engineering Office is also planning to procure the a state-of-the-art drone to similarly boost their surveying and planning capability as well as new laboratory equipment for their Quality Assurance.

The Southern Leyte District Engineering Office is tasked to maintain 299 kilometers of national roads and 155 bridges, built in 18 towns and one city.