Vehicle Requirements for Remote Area Fieldwork

I was asked recently for my thoughts about the minimum equipment requirements for a vehicle used for remote area fieldwork in Australia. This is a difficult request, because the specific requirements for different areas are different, as is the definition of what people consider “remote area” to be.

I have done most of my remote area field work in western New South Wales, northern South Australia and north west Queensland where you are generally no more than 2 hours from the nearest town and where the driving conditions are not overly difficult. Most driving is done on dirt roads or station tracks with infrequent deep sand and occasional shallow water crossings. Generally other people are around the area and can be contacted via UHF or satellite phone to arrange some assistance if necessary. If fieldwork is being conducted in areas where assistance is less likely, a rigorous equipment list than displayed here should be considered.

I would consider the following an essential list of basic requirements for vehicle accessories for remote area fieldwork:

  1. Bull bar
  2. Heavy duty tow bar
  3. Second spare tyre
  4. Cargo barrier if using a wagon
  5. Recovery kit including snatch-um strap, tow rope, heavy duty u-bots, long handled shovel air compressor and winch cable dampeners
  6. Basic tool kit including shifters, wrench set, screwdriver set, cable ties, breaker bars (if using split rims) and tyre repair kit.
  7. Washable air filter

I would generally consider the following items “almost”essential

  1. Dual battery system with isolation switch
  2. Driving lights
  3. UHF radio
  4. EPIRB
  5. Winch
  6. Dual fuel tanks
  7. Roof rack (if using a wagon)
  8. Snorkel

I would also strongly consider getting a HF radio fitted for long distance vehicle to vehicle communication if you have multiple field crews working in different areas.

I’ll discuss what type and configuration of vehicle to use and give my thoughts on basic field maintenance in a post soon.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year,
Ian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>



About Us

Archaeometry is made up of multi skilled archaeological science professionals with extensive commercial and academic experience around the world.

Our Services

We provide specialised technical services in the fields of Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geoarchaeology, Spatial Science and Archaeology to assist our clients in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management.

Academic Work

As well as undertaking commercial projects Archaeometry is very active in academia with our staff frequently publishing research and undertaking teaching.

Latest Articles on Our Blog


A Year at IMS-FORTH

I’m very happy to have joined the team within the Laboratory of Geophysical-Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas for a year as a postdoctoral fellow.  While I will miss life in Australia I am delighted to be in Crete and very excited to work with […]

continue reading...

Causes of ground-penetrating radar reflections in sediments

This PhD thesis by Remke Leander van Dam submitted to VU Amsterdam in 2001 is an excellent discussion of the role of water, iron oxides and organic matter in generating GPR reflectors in shallow sediments.

continue reading...

FlashRES-UNIVERSAL from ZZ Resistivity Imaging

I’ve just been introduced to the FlashRES-UNIVERSAL resistivity imaging system designed and produced by ZZ Resistivity Imaging in Adelaide. I’m very impressed with the equipment which is compact, very easy to use and obviously designed with the field worker.

continue reading...

On the Road, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

On the Road, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

continue reading...

PAPing in Mapoon

Dr Chet Walker from Archaeo-Geophysical Associates and William Busch from Mapoon Land and Sea doing a pole aerial photography survey of the Mapoon Mission Cemetery.

continue reading...