Events, Field Work

Using the total station – a workshop with Rob Koch

** ArchSoc’s last workshop before the mid-year break! **

Back by popular demand

Date: Saturday June 6th 2015
Time: 10am – 1.30pm with a break for morning tea
Where: HUM115 and courtyard
What to bring: Yourself, a notebook and pen
RSVP: To Jana by June 4th at the latest

maximum 9 participants – first come, first served.

This is the first of a series of ArchSoc-organised workshops providing student members with the invaluable opportunity to get familiar with technical equipment and processes that are fundamental to field archaeology, in a supportive environment.

Workshop content

After a short theoretical introduction into what a total station is and can do, participants will get lots of practice setting up the station and recording points. The workshop is ideal to get some hands-on training in using the total station before heading out into the field.

Who can participate?

The workshop is aimed at people with minimal or no experience with total stations. Participants must be ArchSoc members. You may join on the day.

About the presenter

Rob, a retired Licensed Surveyor, has taught surveying 38 years and worked as consultant surveyor on many archaeological projects over the past 10 years or so.

Events, Field Work, News

Greater protection for GPS units

ArchSoc’s Garmin Rino 650 GPS units will have extra protection thanks to the proceeds of the recent bake sale. This week ArchSoc purchased a customised Pelican Storm Case* (model iM2100) in preparation for lending the equipment out to financial members from 2015. This purchase means that the Rinos will be stored in a watertight, dust proof and shock proof container, therefore ensuring they are not damaged during storage and transport to field work. Speaking from experience, these cases can even be driven over in a fully-laden 4wd without damaging the case or the contents.  To top it off, the case has a lifetime warranty.

The timing of this purchase was great. Next Tuesday the 28th of October, ArchSoc is holding a meeting in HUMN 106 at Flinders University to discuss the future of ArchSoc. Among other things, the storage and borrowing policy and procedure for the Rinos will be drafted (the final policy and procedure will be adopted at the AGM in November). There will be further email updates about the meeting and AGM via email.

On Saturday the 8th of November 10am-2pm, ArchSoc will be holding another demonstration day dedicated to the Garmin Rino units. If you’d like to know more about using these GPS units, from beginning to end, please email ArchSoc President Di Riley to book your spot (places are limited).

Thanks to all who supported the bake sale by supplying the goods and/or purchasing them.

*ArchSoc has no affiliation with Pelican and did not/will not receive any benefit from publishing this article.

Events, Field Work

Total Station Workshop 13/09/14

On Saturday the 13th of September ArchSoc is holding another Total Station workshop. This workshop will take place in the Social Sciences South courtyard from 10am to 2pm (Flinders University/sign in is at 9:50am). This workshop is for beginners only. The people who attended the first workshop are also welcome to attended this session as a follow up class. A separate rino workshop is being scheduled for October. BYO lunch. Coffee, tea and water and biscuits will be supplied. Rob Koch is our demonstrator.

Numbers are limited so book asap by contacting Dianne Riley

Events, Field Work, News

Total Station and GPS Workshop 23/08/14

This Saturday, the 23rd of August, ArchSoc is holding a Total Station workshop for financial members. The workshop will take place at the Flinders University Campus, Bedford Park starting at 10:00am and finishing at 2:00pm. Lunch will be Pizza and soft drinks, courtesy of ArchSoc after the workshop. There will be coffee and tea available during the morning.

Workshop Programme:

Demonstration of the use of a Total Station by Rob Koch

Demonstration of the use of ArchSoc’s Garmin Rino GPS units by Jordan Ralph.

The workshop is restricted to 8-10 people, so be quick and register. Undergraduates are highly encouraged to attend.

This is a unique opportunity to work with experts in their field in a one on one situation​. The workshop will go ahead no matter what the weather. There is no cost to participants as the demonstrators are kindly donating their time and expertise.

To register please contact Dianne Riley.

Dig It, Events, Field Work, News

Update: Semester 2 2014

It has come to our attention that some people haven’t been receiving our emails. We think we have resolved this issue and have re-added our members’ emails to our list server, and fixed the issue with the member database.

Some of the notices that you might have missed over the last few weeks related to the new issue of ArchSoc’s journal, Dig It (ISSN 1440-2475). For any member who hasn’t received a physical copy, please let us know via email if  you want a copy posted out to you or if you would prefer to collect it yourself.  Just a reminder that only current financial members are eligible to receive a hard copy.

Please note, that for people who are not members, you can access the digital version of Dig It Volume 2, Issue 1 (ISSN 12201-1898) here.

At the moment we have 119 members, which is down from last year by approximately 50 members. Now is the perfect time to join, as we will be holding a number of events, including fieldwork training/practice days, a quiz night and the next issue of Dig It will be published towards the end of the year. To read more about the benefits of ArchSoc, and to purchase membership, please visit our About Us and Become a Member pages. To check your membership status, please email the Membership Officer.

Field Work, News

Volunteer opportunity at Old Government House

ArchSoc’s recording project at Old Government House is fast approaching and we still have enough room for more participants! We will be recording this rather exciting façade with the help and expertise of Dr Bob Stone.

Completed in 1860 the construction cost a whopping £1600. Lovingly restored in the 1970s inside and out to its former Victorian glory, this vice-regal boasts some rather dramatic architectural features which will be a treat to discover.

Our project will include learning to describe and record to scale all of the external features of the main building and of the servant’s quarters, located to the rear of the main building over two and a half days. Depending on participant numbers we may also be recording the grounds.

This project has been organised in conjunction with the Friends of Old Government House who carefully maintain the house, the servant’s quarters and the grounds.

If you would like to join the field trip please email Jess at to register your interest. Please indicate whether you require accommodation and transport.

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