- On 5th September 2019
How did you first become involved in land surveying?
While studying Geography at university I worked on several projects which used GPS, LiDAR data and GIS. I enjoyed these aspects of the course as they involved a mixture of field and office work; and this led me to surveying as a career. However, I felt I needed to gain more knowledge in the field, so enrolled on a Masters in Geomatics at Glasgow – and the rest is history!
Tell us a bit about your professional and educational background. Do you have any particular areas of expertise?
I studied Geospatial and Mapping Sciences at Glasgow, which gave me the foundation for my career as a surveyor. However, I haven’t stopped learning on the job. In a previous role I was involved in high-precision monitoring of power station buildings, which definitely developed my eye for detail! Since joining Glanville I have become a drone pilot, enabling us to offer full 3D point clouds of sites using photogrammetry. I always enjoy the challenge of a difficult project, especially when it involves developing or adapting an existing workflow to achieve what the client requires from the survey.
Why did you join Glanville?
I was looking for a new challenge, and saw it as an opportunity to help develop the geospatial services division at Glanville. I also liked the thought of working in and around the South West – I’ve always wanted to live in this part of the country.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’ve recently been working on an interesting culvert scanning project in Wales: the client required a 3D point cloud to ascertain its condition. The project involved a robust primary control network, drone flight, and scrambling through a narrow culvert! It was definitely a team effort and I enjoyed the challenge of linking all the datasets into a very comprehensive point cloud model. (You can read more about the project here.)
What motivates you in your role?
The variation of work is my biggest motivator – no two jobs are the same. I like the thought of our data being used to make key decisions in projects, for example the construction of new infrastructure or the creation of a fluvial model.
Where are you hoping your journey with Glanville takes you?
That’s a good question! The variety of work we undertake allows us to develop new areas of the division. I’m hoping to further develop the UAV work we do, further integrating it with bathymetric data to provide a full above- and below-water model of a site. I am also working towards membership of ICES which I hope to achieve in the near future.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like being outside. Living in the South West, I enjoy being in and around the sea; be it sailing, windsurfing or paddle boarding.