August 13, 2019


The variety of being an OS surveyor

As you can imagine, no two days are the same for an OS surveyor. From checking the extent of a dismantled railway to updating building functions for OS maps, the role of surveying Great Britain comes in all shapes and sizes. 

We have a geospatial database with half a billion features across GB. We make 20,000 changes a day and have over 200 surveyors, 2 aircrafts and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team working to keep it up to date. Our surveyors use OS Net and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology everyday to instantly position new map detail to within a few centimetres (find out more). 

For this year’s intake, we had over 450 people express an interest in joining us as a surveyor. With a real cross section of people keen to join us from all over GB, the standard was very high. The first cohort of successful candidates joined us back in July, and we will have a further 8 joining us in October.

L to R: Richard and Sue (trainers), Joaquin (South Cumbria) Tom (South Wales), Alicja (South Wales), Tim (East Anglia), Jamie (North Cumbria), Megan (East Anglia) Andrew (South Coast), Hannah (North Wales), William (Mid Wales) and trainer Alyson.


To give you an idea of the variety of changes that our surveyors cover, some of our team have shared their latest surveying tales…

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