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Interview with a Land Surveyor

Land surveyors are much more than people in high-vis jackets standing with a total station. They precisely measure land, building a map of an area, ensuring every detail is accurate.

Being a land surveyor requires a range of expertise from mathematics to technology. Working in an array of locations and environments means that every day is different in this profession. One day they may be stomping through a muddy field, the following day surveying underground tunnels or spending time at a substation.

The nitty gritty

We sat down with Kinga - who has been a Land Surveyor at Catsurveys since October 2017 – and asked her a few questions about her role.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a Surveyor?
As most of my family works in construction, I’ve always wanted to be a part of it as well. I’ve always liked maths and being precise which gradually shifted me towards engineering. As a part of my civil engineering course I enjoyed surveying the most, so I chose that as my profession.

What is your favourite part of your job?
I love to be a part of making something that lasts for generations. I love solving difficult engineering tasks as well.

What is the least favourite part of your job?
Probably the weather is the most challenging aspect, besides the unusual working hours and places at times.

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What is the most interesting location you have surveyed?
I have flown a drone across a road being built in Norwich and created the topo of the point cloud data - that was very interesting. I also enjoyed setting out a concrete set of stairs in Southend-On-Sea.

What is it like to be a woman in Surveying?
As I see most people appreciate our work as long as we do topo, and ‘simple’ types of surveying. As soon as we need to do more complicated tasks, I feel we need to prove ourselves more than men.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?
I enjoy doing many creative hobbies from making clothes to painting. I also enjoy running and do some yoga if I have the time.

Funniest thing that has happened on site?
Hard to choose one, but the most recent one is probably when we were working on Leicester Square and a young guy felt that he had to entertain us, so he sang the cheesiest guilty pleasure songs (very poorly) for at least 50 minutes straight. That made us laugh a lot.

What job would you be doing if it wasn’t surveying?
I would probably help animals like being a vet or running a shelter for abandoned animals.

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