- On 29th July 2019
Tom is one of our Surveyors.
How did you first become involved in land surveying? What appealed to you about it as a career?
I was studying Electrical Engineering and was offered some part-time surveying work. I took to it really well and it soon became a full-time job. I love the field work combined with a little bit of office time. Also, the problem solving and use of gadgets is very appealing.
Tell us a bit about your professional and educational background. Do you have any particular areas of expertise?
I have done a lot of different jobs in the past: electronics technician, chef and music teacher are the main ones. At 35 I decided I wanted to retrain and have a career change. Studying electrical engineering somehow led me into surveying!
Why did you join Glanville Geospatial?
Glanville offered a good range of interesting and unique surveying projects. It was also a real draw that they use all of the most recent and cutting-edge techniques and equipment, as I wanted a challenge and to learn something new.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently surveying student accommodation for Exeter University and drawing up lots of floor plans.
What’s the most exciting, or interesting, project you’ve worked on, and why?
Surveying a culvert in Wales – it was my first time being involved in a project of this nature. Drone surveying, topography and underground scanning in the tunnel were combined to produce a stunning 3D model. [You can read more about the project here.]
What motivates you in your role?
It’s very satisfying to work with a small team of like-minded people. They get excited about the gadgets, the field work and all the problem solving, and show such attention to detail that the final results look like a work of art!
Where are you hoping your journey with Glanville takes you?
I want to keep on learning and trying new things. Surveying is so technology-driven, so things are changing and updating all the time. Glanville Geospatial are a company who seem to be keeping up with all the changes, so I think I’m in the right place. I’d really like to get my drone pilot’s license one day.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Garden, cook, listen to music, and wander around Dartmoor.