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Bringing Water to Curingue

A surveyor uses Trimble technology to support humanitarian efforts in South America
Accurate positioning plays a key role in supplying fresh water to an isolated village in the Andes
Overview

High in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, the village of Curingue is home to roughly 200 residents. Curingue has no centralized water supply system and the lack of reliable water means villagers face hardship and increased risk of health issues. In 2018, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) began work to install infrastructure that could deliver water to Curingue. The effort required accurate positioning to provide reliable data for design and construction.

Solution
  • Trimble® CenterPoint® RTX Correction Service
  • Trimble R10 GNSS Receiver

“There was absolutely no way to do this without RTX. It was very convenient; I didn’t need anything other than my GNSS receiver to do the survey.” —- John Hamilton, President, Terrasurv Inc.

At an elevation of roughly 3,600 m (11,800 feet), Curingue is an isolated rural community. There is no cellular phone service and only limited electricity for the roughly 210 people living there. When EWB proposed to provide a water supply system, they needed data about the area’s steep terrain. But they soon discovered that there were no existing large-scale maps or geographic information for the area. In order to plan the work, EWB needed accurate maps and elevation information. But the remote location had no existing geodetic control points—a complication that could add time and uncertainty to the mapping effort.

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