A guest blog by geographer Katy Moore
In partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the Ordnance Survey, I am delighted to present A Walk of Art (PDF), the first Cumbrian walk in the Discovering Britain series.
Discovering Britain is an exciting website featuring a series of self-led geographical walks, sharing the stories of our built and natural landscapes. The walks are designed to be fun, informative and inspiring, engaging the brain as well as the feet. Some walks offer an alternative perspective on well-known places, while others take you well off the beaten track. Each route is carefully chosen to tell a story about the landscape, and you can download the route instructions and walk commentaries (in written or audio versions) for free from the Discovering Britain website.
This week on the Ordnance Survey blog we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Lake District National Park. Today we are going to spend the day with Ant Kewen who is one of our Surveyors and is based in Cumbria.
Ant, how long have you been working with Ordnance Survey?
I joined Ordnance Survey back in 1985 as a Surveyor and worked in Lancashire for 23 years. I’ve been in my current role here in Cumbria for the past 3 years.
What is a typical day like for you?
I get up before the rest of the house, have a cup of tea, and put the computer on to check through e-mails. I then decide which area of Cumbria I’m going to work in today. The decision on which jobs to do and where to go are based on high priority work such as Land Registry and high priority jobs based on age and size. I check the weather – it always seems to be raining somewhere in Cumbria but seeing as I have the whole of Cumbria to go to and a choice of jobs that can be done in the rain (such as collecting addresses or reviews), I’m not usually housebound due to the weather. I then double check that I have the data I need – when I return home I usually set this up ready for the following day, then set the SatNav up and off I go. The range of tasks in a typical day can vary from Land Registry Surveys and building sites through to single houses and barn conversions, reviewing planned jobs to assess when they will be ready to survey and collecting and matching addresses.