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Gibson Marwa on duty gathering spatial data. Marwa said when he started his career he never dreamed of heading to Namibia where, one day, he will own his own land surveying company.

Gibson Marwa on duty gathering spatial data. Marwa said when he started his career he never dreamed of heading to Namibia where, one day, he will own his own land surveying company.

A surveyor, trained in Zimbabwe, found his niche in life when opportunity brought him to Namibia where he founded a small surveying company. Thirteen years later, the company regularly works on large projects helping with surveying mines, roads, construction sites, and other infrastructure projects. G. Marwa Land Surveyors is a surveying company that provides innovative solutions to users of geophysical and metadata information. The company is owned by Gibson Marwa, the holder of an honours degree in land surveying from the University of Zimbabwe. He started his career with GeoScan in Zimbabwe in 1999.  G. Marwa Land Surveyors provides services such as topographical mapping, engineering and mine surveying, deformation monitoring, industrial surveying, hydrographic surveying, and Training and Consulting. “In June 2002, I moved to Namibia where I started out with several survey companies like Volkmann Land Surveyors,” he stated. Gibson is an expert in Geodetic Control Surveys using GPS. He is experienced in the use of different equipment and software and has worked in various parts of Namibia. He plays the important role of providing valuable knowledge to the rest of his survey team of six as their mentor. The company is currently involved in two main road building projects. “Our main duty is to oversee control and conduct a digital terrain model for smooth operations. One of the project is going to run for about five years,” he said.

The project is to construct the Omakenge to Ruacana main road, with Tulipamwe Consulting Engineering, a distance of 96km while the other is the Gobabis to Aranos main road, via Aminius, a distance of 246km. “Currently our land surveyors have already been on site now for these projects,” he explained. Other projects include, just to mention a few: Surveying for the road design and construction in Lafrenz, awarded to them by TRUSTCO, detail survey for the calculation of the floodline in Brakwater near Windhoek, awarded to them by Lithon Consulting Engineers, mapping of Omashaka and Omakulukuma informal settlements in Ondangwa for the design of services, awarded to them by Jacobs Consulting Engineers. “We believe in continuing education. Apart from regular refresher courses for our staff, we also do tailor-made courses on request in the use of various equipment, survey basics and principles as well as the use of software for specific purposes. We provide consultancy in the broad surveying field whenever required” he said adding that, “We recognize the importance of accurate, timeously acquired and processed data for decision-making processes. We believe in cost effective service delivery and are aware that each project is different and we always gear to satisfy its unique requirements.”  He concluded by making this deep philosophical statement: “This company seeks to be a key global participant in the provision of spatial information that helps tackle socio-economic challenges currently facing mankind.”

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