The path to Global Surveyors’ Day was set in motion nearly 3,000 years ago when Egyptian surveyors first utilised surveying techniques to subdivide land around the Nile into plots for taxation purposes. Over the course of time surveyors have remained pioneers of their field, playing a fundamental role in land development, from the planning and design of land subdivisions through to the final construction of roads, utilities and landscaping.
One of history’s most notable land surveyors was the first president of the United States, George Washington, whose extraordinary career as a professional surveyor spanned the course of fifty years. Washington’s basic equipment which consisted of chains and steel bands, has since been replaced by specialised technology including GPS, robotic total stations and aerial scanners or “drones”.
On 21st March 2019 Tomkinson Group joined the celebrations for Global Surveyors’ Day, with the company’s surveyors providing a carefully measured spread for morning tea, paying homage to an industry that has helped shape land use all over the world and continues to be a foundation of our communities.