Women and Surveying

Increasingly women are entering the geospatial sector, with many (though not all) holding higher degrees. As the industry becomes more diverse with new opportunities, Ruth Badley talks to three women of their experiences, including two who are running survey companies, in what is otherwise a male-dominated profession.   Sue Stewart is a director of Laser Surveys, which operates from offices in Worcester and Hornchurch, Essex. The company supplies Ordnance Survey mapping and a range of products online as well as providing topographical surveys, floor plans, elevations and sections, laser scanning, 3D modelling, underground services surveys, ground penetrating radar surveys, drainage... (read more)
2017-08-22 03:48:34

LiDAR for Drone 2017 User Conference Release Agenda

YellowScan has put together a diverse agenda for the LiDAR for Drone 2017 User Conference, with YellowScan LiDAR equipment being used in applications such as archeology, forestry, powerlines, surveying, mining and civil engineering. The international partners and speakers include Applanix, TerraSolid, Velodyne Lidar, Trimble, ACE1 (Japan), Chiba University (Japan), Juniper Unmanned (USA), LAStools (Germany), L'Avion Jaune (France), GIM International, Aird'Eco (France), Hemav (Spain), Geoinspect (Ireland), Formation Environmental (USA), CNRS, Inside GNSS & Inside Unmanned systems (USA) and more, focusing on LiDAR technologies and its applications all over the world. As part of the event, YellowScan will be presenting a technical... (read more)
2017-05-25 10:37:37

The Buzzword is Collaboration for 2015

2015 offers some exciting prospects says Chris Preston, chair of RICS Geomatics Professional Group. New courses, Big Data and GEO Business will be to the fore. So the sands of time have moved on and by the time you read this 2015 will be upon us. Did you make any New Year resolutions? What is more to the point, are you still keeping them? For me, my most important resolution is to communicate better with you all but in whatever medium is most appropriate. That is where you come in. Be it this column, e-mail, LinkedIn, Twitter or via a... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:32:53

John Brock

John Brock is a Registered Surveyor in Australia and is a stalwart of FIG and its Permanent Institution for the Art and History of Surveying. (read more)
2019-06-19 03:05:40

News from The Survey Association

In this article we are featuring news from The Survey Association (TSA) and this will be followed up by regular columns. The TSA conference was held in November and we include a report on this as well as information on the government apprentice scheme and a TSA Guidance note on PAS128 compliant utility survey. The annual Survey Association (TSA) conference was held this year at the Steam Museum of The Great Western Railway in Swindon, an appropriate venue to match the theme of 'On the Right Track'. The tone for the day was set by Chris Preston of Network Rail by... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:40:22

Plowman Craven’s Spec for BIM Ready Modelling

One of the UK’s leading survey firms has produced a client ready specification for BIM surveys and deliverables. Richard Groom runs his eye over the content. Who better to write a BIM specification than a company that was there at the start. Plowman Craven’s (PCL) BIM specification first appeared several years ago and has just been updated and revamped. Like all good specifications it is an interface document that bridges the gap between the client and the surveyor. This bridge is simple and functional. At first glance 64 pages seems a little daunting but the contents are straightforward and easily... (read more)
2017-08-24 03:42:34

Lawyers are Rubbing their Hands While We Worry About Tunnels!

We reflect on the lives of surveyors past, whether registered title really does protect you and just how much tunnel surveying has changed, or perhaps not. In this issue, we mark the passing of several significant surveyors. Derek Browning (co-founder of Longdin & Browning), Dr Tony Jones, Gary Covington and as we were going to press, Jonathan Davy. So far we have only been able to put together an obituary of one of them. Gary Covington was amongst that last generation of surveyors who undertook mapping projects before the advent of GPS. Whilst EDM was already available through devices like... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:09:03

Back then it wasn’t RICS’s Strong Forte

GEO Business 2015 reflected the wide variety of practice in geomatics. But we don’t attempt our hand at them all - unless perhaps the professional institutions want us to? London’s GEO Business conference and exhibition in May built on last year’s inaugural event, attracting many more visitors this year. Conference delegates will have had a very wide menu of sessions and presentations from which to choose in addition to the workshop sessions. There was indeed something for just about everyone as you will discover in our report on the conference. Begins on page 19. Now isn’t that what geomatics is... (read more)
2017-10-10 03:58:40

The Future of Land Registration in the UK

With the prospect of privatising the Land Registry for England and Wales, GW turned to someone with experience of a cadastral system. Julia Stolle is a chartered surveyor from Germany with experience of both systems. So does accuracy trounce our old friend general boundaries? Land administration and registration provides security for property rights and tenure and is an important element in a country’s development, eventually contributing to economic growth and social stability. It is based on a complex legal framework, impartiality and has to remain completely independent from any possible commercial interests. Land administration can be implemented in many different... (read more)
2017-04-28 12:53:23

Education is Vital - We Don't Want to be Seen as Cowboys!

This month the focus is on training, education and encouraging young people to enter our profession. When I was not long into the profession, I remember sitting for my first evening lecture at the RICS HQ to hear that “Cowboys” were companies who didn’t train their staff or maintain the capability of their teams. It caused a bit of a stir, but, as I think back to that time and the intervening years, I have to say that as a definition it has a ring of truth. As professional surveyors we should maintain certain ethical and technical standards, but also... (read more)
2018-05-11 01:46:49
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