An Introduction to SURPAC Surveying
The origins of the software date back to the mid
1970's when Keith Young was carrying out post-graduate studies at the Department
of Surveying, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
involved investigating the optimization of computerized survey calculations, with
emphasis on the application of Least Squares adjustment techniques to large control
surveys and to photogrammetric triangulation.
In the latter part of the 1970's these techniques
applied to a variety of desk top and hand held computing
devices, then available on the market.
By the early 1980's, It become obvious that, in
South Africa in particular, Surveyors had a need for desk top computing
facilities to enable them keep up with the ever growing world of electronic
devices. To this end, SURPAC Software was first commercially marketed in 1982. At that stage, the entire
SURPAC software suite was installed onto a 5" floppy
disk and ran on non-graphic, desk top computers using first generation, 8 bit processors.
Over the past
30 years, SURPAC Software has
been continually expanded and improved. Faster and better computer processors,
operating systems and programming languages have enabled SURPAC to grow into a comprehensive suite of applications, covering virtually all
fields of survey computations and draughting.
runs under the Microsoft
Microsoft Windows Vista,
8 operating systems.
date over 6,500 SURPAC Modules have been sold.
list of clients includes :-
Mining conglomerates operating in Southern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Australia, South
America and India.
Mining Companies in South Africa, Angola, the DRC, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
Government Departments, Provincial Government Departments and Municipalities,
Director General of Surveys (South Africa), Offices of the Surveyors
General in South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Province, Free State,
Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Western Cape), Offices of the the Surveyors General in
Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Technikons and Technical Colleges in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia
large and small private sector Surveying Companies operating in the fields of Topographical,
Engineering, Mining and/or Cadastral surveying.
the majority of SURPAC clients are in South Africa, our software is used
in countries such as, Angola,
Belgium, Botswana, Burkina Faso, the DRC, Ireland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Portugal,
Ruanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, the U.K., Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.