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The bigger picture: Why surveying is about more than just bricks and mortar

February 10, 2009
Thanks to modern technology, surveyors are just as likely to work on film sets as in the property market.


By Kate Hilpern
Thursday, 29 January 2009
  
If working on films such as Casino Royale, Tomb Raider and The Da Vinci Code doesn't quite match your perception of what surveyors do for a living, it may be time for you to wise up to the diversity of the profession in the 21st century.
 
Plowman Craven, a firm of chartered land surveyors, would historically measure the size and shape of land and structures – a sand dune, bridge or a bit of the M25, for example.
 
"But because of modern technology, we've been able to diversify into different areas of measuring," says Simon Barnes, managing director of the 180-strong workforce. Now the company works in visual effects and computer animation, measuring the shape and size of actors' heads and bodies and then creating a 3D digital model. "Gone are the days when land surveying only meant standing in a field with wellington boots and a hard hat," he says. ...