MOVE3 also used at universities and training institutes

MOVE3 is a 3D adjustment package by Sweco. Customers in every corner of the globe and across a wide range of industries use MOVE3 for the surveying and adjustment of 3D geodetic networks. But commercial businesses are not alone in using MOVE3. Universities and training institutes also rely on it to teach their students. Curtin University in Perth, Australia, is a good example. In fact, for some time now this leading institution has opted to use MOVE3 exclusively in its curricula.

Curtin University Perth

Sten Claessens is a senior lecturer in spatial sciences at Curtin University. He supervises students in their second, third and fourth years of degree programmes specialising chiefly in surveying, geodetic positioning and mining. Students in these programmes use MOVE3 for the adjustment of terrestrial networks (total station and levelling observations), for example, occasionally combined with global navigation satellite systems’ (GNSS) observations.

Students’ use of MOVE3

‘How MOVE3 is used differs from one programme to another’, Claessens explains. ‘So, in one of our programs, students have to measure a control network using a laser scanner for the 3D modelling of buildings, whereas in another, we use MOVE3 for the adjustment of a network in an underground mine. In one of our programmes, students have also begun using MOVE3 during their fourth-year camp. That involves measuring and adjusting a large-scale geodetic network at a site with only partial internet coverage.’

Features and advantages of MOVE3

Businesses and institutes focusing on sectors such as mining, road construction, railway construction and offshore industries, all highly appreciate MOVE3. MOVE3 entirely meets all the requirements and specifications of the geodetic theory developed at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, which is generally acknowledged to be highly effective in processing surveying data and the associated quality assurance. In addition, MOVE3 uses a 3D ellipsoid model in order to conduct 3D adjustments without simplifications or compromises. Besides 3D adjustments, the software is also able to conduct 2D and 1D adjustments. A final benefit of MOVE3 is its easy operation, which hardly requires training to be able to conduct the most important adjustments. Measurements made by standard surveying instruments can be imported directly into MOVE3.

Claessens concurs that the above advantages certainly exist, but has a few more to mention on behalf of Curtin University:

  • ‘MOVE3 has a user-friendly graphic interface which makes designing and adjusting networks much easier than many of the other software packages.
  • MOVE3 has many options that other adjustment packages do not include as standard, such as various constraints (inner constraints, weighted constraints, pseudo-constraints) and the output of the reliability measures (MDB, BNR, etc.).
  • MOVE3 is reliable. We have had negative experiences in the past with other software packages (crashing, losing licences), but MOVE3 works well.
  • Sweco provides good technical support and is very helpful.’

Like to learn more about MOVE3?

If you would like to learn more about MOVE3, be sure to visit the MOVE3 website. The website provides the option of applying for a free demo version. Or get in touch with one of our MOVE3 advisers (, who can provide further explanation and advice, free of charge.

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