Taken from sections of the report:
The purpose of the 95/96 Antarctic survey season was to provide survey control and to acquire aerial photographs for topographic mapping in locations around Mawson, Beaver Lake, Davis and at Casey in support of the ANARE mapping program as well as providing survey support for other ANARE science programs. The following team carried out this survey work:
Roger Handsworth - Antarctic Division Engineer,
Natasha Adams - Antarctic Division Volunteer Surveyor,
Tom Gordon - AUSLIG Surveyor.
The Antarctic Division's Brief to Surveyors which outlines the details of the program is included in Appendix A. A number of the tasks detailed were not undertaken, and they include:
-Aerial photography of ice sheets for Melbourne University,
-Beaver Lake Program,
-Casey aerial photography.
The main survey program for Antarctica in 95/96 was at Mawson Station, it included the survey control and aerial photography of the Framnes Mountains, Mawson Station and offshore islands in Holme Bay. Secondary tasks included assisting with survey requirements of the tide gauge and placing 2 sets of 3 bench marks for the new tide gauge site at Mawson, ground control for the Scullin and Murray Monoliths, ground control and photography of Taylor Rookery and detail surveying at Mawson.
At Davis Station the program included aerial photography of the station and areas in the Vestfold Hills missed in 94/95, survey support as requested by the engineer working on the ASP building and levelling associated with the tide gauge.
The limited time at Casey Station was to be spent using the Laser Terrain Profiler (LTP) and levelling associated with the tide gauge.
The values provided in spatial coverage are approximate only.
See the report for more information.
Originally the report was in two parts - a report and an addendum. The report contained a number of blank pages, which appeared to be contained in the addendum. In the pdf available for download at the URL given below, the two reports have been combined, and a large number of the blank pages from the main report have been deleted.
AUSLIG now known as Geoscience Australia.
Taken from sections of the report:
To complete the ground control of the off shore islands in Holme Bay it may be necessary to undertake the survey whilst the sea ice is still there or use a larger boat, maybe in conjunction with the Navy Hydrographic Unit. The main problem with the Zodiac boats is that they can not be used when the wind is exceeding 15 knots and at Mawson there are very few days when this occurs.
The new arrangements with the photographic equipment have worked well this summer, one of the main components of this being the Flight program written by Stuart Smith. The only improvement to the program would be to display the planned heading of the selected photo run and by including this information in the Log file.
Having the VDU and cross track display made flying the photo runs easier for the pilot as he could see himself in the scheme of things with the VDU and then once on the photo run use the cross track display to maintain the line.
The equipment setup in the rear of the aircraft has been a big improvement on previous surveys. The equipment can be installed or removed within an hour allowing for quick turn around in the use of the aircraft. One problem that has been noticed since the survey is that if the camera is tilted too far forward or backward the resulting photo has a small amount of the image covered by the camera well. This problem can be avoided if the camera's adjusting screws are screwed down after installation.