SURPAC Surveying Software is developed and distributed by Keith W. Young (Pty) Ltd.
Introducing SURPAC Surveying Software
An Introduction to SURPAC Surveying Software
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.
These studies involved investigating the optimization of computerized survey calculations, with the 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 were successfully 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 40 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.
Currently, SURPAC runs under the Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows 10 operating systems. Surpac for Microsoft Windows 11 will be available shortly.
To date over 8,500 SURPAC Modules have been sold.
Our list of clients includes :-
International Mining conglomerates operating in Southern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Australia, South America and India.
Local Mining Companies in South Africa, Angola, the DRC, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
National Government Departments, Provincial Government Departments and Municipalities,
The 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 Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Universities, Technikons and Technical Colleges in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Many large and small private sector Surveying Companies operating in the fields of Topographical, Engineering, Mining and/or Cadastral surveying.
Whilst 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, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, the U.K., Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Overview of Modules
SURPAC Surveying Software consists of eight modules whose applications are accessed via seven pull-down menus.