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This Christmas the team at Survey Solutions have once again been supporting charities.

In Ipswich money was raised (matched by Survey Solutions) for Save the Children by a Christmas jumper day, and across all the offices over 23 sacks were filled with clothes, books and CDs for donation to The British Heart Foundation – organised by Greg (pictured in the hat).

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Once again Survey Solutions expertise was called upon by Guinness World Records, this time we to measure and verify a new world record attempt of the ‘longest throw and catch of a hotdog sausage into a bun’.

The event dubbed ‘Longest Dog’ took place at the Millennium Arena, London as part of a promotional NFL tour with the Jacksonville Jaguars, with the record attempt undertaken by coach Mark Brunell, a Super Bowl winner and former ‘Jags’ quarterback.

There were various rules and regulations set and checked by GWR. The attempt had to be carried out on level ground and Survey Solutions were on hand to verify the slope of the throwing area did not exceed a gradient of 1:1000. The cooked sausage had to be between 14cm – 18cm long; condiments (i.e. ketchup/mustard) could be added at the discretion of the challengers.

For the measuring, Survey Solutions used a Trimble S5 Total Station with MultiTrack prism technology. A baseline from the thrower was established and Survey Manager Jon Allison was on hand to measure the distance from the throw line to the point on the ground immediately below where the sausage was caught.

After a number of practice throws Mark set a new record of 20.956m.

Survey Solutions have also measured and verified GWR attempt include the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube, highest wind turbine and the dimensions of a swimming pool for a swimming record.

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Survey Solutions now offer trainee surveyors the opportunity to undertake a Geospatial Apprenticeship as part of a continuous recruitment drive to bring more skilled personnel in to the Surveying and Civil Engineering industry.

The apprenticeship has been developed by The Survey Association (TSA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and covers all aspects of the geospatial industry including fundamentals of surveying, setting out processes in construction and civil engineering using traditional and modern techniques, advanced surveying technology in construction and civil engineering (Survey4BIM), spatial analytics, mapping and visualisation software applications and much more. The course is run over 2 years on a 2 week block release basis and upon completion the apprentice will qualify for Associate Membership of RICS and ICES.

GEOSPATIAL APPRENTICESHIPGreg Norman, Director at Survey Solutions said “Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is at the forefront of what we are trying to achieve. This course is the perfect opportunity to work towards a professional qualification by obtaining a sound understanding of the theories behind the surveying and geospatial industry while gaining that all important on-the-job work experience.”

The apprenticeship runs alongside Survey Solutions ICES Approved Development Scheme.

We are currently recruiting trainees and apprentices in all our regional offices, potential applicants are encouraged to visit where you will find more information.

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GDPRIn line with the changes to data protection laws, Survey Solutions have updated their Privacy Policy to ensure personal data is used in accordance with the new regulations known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

To view this document click GDPR Policy

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James Cooper at The Survey Association AGM


The Survey Association AGM

The Survey Association held its AGM at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 18th April 2018, with record numbers attending to discuss a wide range of issues.

The afternoon session was given over solely to talk about the drastic rise in survey instrument thefts and what steps are being taken to tackle the problem.

James Cooper, MD at Survey Solutions, was asked to sit on an expert panel along with others including representatives from the insurance industry and SmartWater (TSA security partners).

The team answered questions from the audience and shared their own experiences, during a lively debate where manufactures also gave updates on the various measures they are taking to tackle the situation.

More at The Survey Association

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