AUSPOS is moving mountains

28 February 2006


"So here we are, standing 4650 metres above sea level atop Mt Craddock, Antarctica's 4th highest mountain. Or so we thought… "

Antarctic worker Damien Gildea atop Mt Craddock, now known to be the 7th highest peak in Antarctica

These were the words of antarctic worker Damien Gildea a few months ago as he received notification from the Online GPS Processing Service (AUSPOS) that the peak he had just climbed was not quite as high as he expected. According to the global positioning (GPS) data Damien had just input to AUSPOS, Mt Craddock is in fact only 4368 metres high, falling some 282 metres short of the anticipated high of 4650 metres.

AUSPOS is a free service provided by Geoscience Australia that enables users to submit GPS data via the Internet and rapidly receive accurate geodetic coordinates to international standard.

Increasingly, the spatial information sector is turning to the Internet as a tool to aid in their activities. As a freely available service, AUSPOS encourages consistency of all precise coordinates used by the public and private sector GPS community.

The AUSPOS service takes advantage of the Australian Regional GPS Network and the International GPS (IGS) network, and can be used for GPS data collected anywhere on Earth.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013