Geomatics client guides

This series of groundbreaking geomatics client guides was produced by the RICS Geomatics Professional Group and the Mapping and Positioning Practice Panel (MAPPP).

Quantity surveyors, business men tools

The guides are designed and formatted to explain in plain English the sometimes complex, opaque world of geomatics and surveying to a non-surveyor audience.

Professionals such as engineers, architects, developers and planners will find them invaluable and the guides can also act as an aid memoire for professional and technical members of RICS.

The guides are also useful for helping clients and potential clients better understand the nuances of subjects such as map projection scale factor, scale, calibration and accuracy amongst others. In many cases it may also be appropriate to include a guide within a tender application or to be sent directly to prospective clients. RICS members are encouraged to actively use these guides.

Terrestrial Laser Scanning

This 3rd edition geo client guide has been fully updated from the 2003 original and explains some of the survey issues behind laser scanning and what a client can really expect from this now ubiquitous survey data capture technology.

Map Projection Scale Factor

Avoid the Potential Dangers of Scale Factor
This client guide seeks to explain in lay professional language geo related concepts such as localised grid systems, scale error/distortion and the effects of linking into national mapping co-ordinate systems.


Avoid Tripping up Over Step Changes in Scale
This guide deals with the often misunderstood concept of scale and its relationship to spatial accuracy, survey specifications (including a quick topographic survey specification) and client needs.

Reassuringly Accurate

Controlling Accuracy for Better Results
This guide deals with the critical issue of calibration and its relationship to accuracy, precision and project outcome. This guide offers essential advice for all survey clients and is an excellent 'aid memoire' for all surveyors.

Marine, Offshore and Coastal

An RICS Perspective
This guide outlines just what RICS does in the marine/hydrographic surveying environment and how RICS qualifications can benefit you and your business.

Virtually Level

Transition from familiar benchmark to heighting using GPS
This guide explains how GNSS heighting techniques have, in recent years, superseded traditional benchmark control and underlines some of the issues that may be encountered. This guide is produced in partnership with Ordnance Survey GB.

Applications of Aerial Photography and Digital Imagery

Using 'off the shelf' and commissioned products
This new guide gives a concise and easy to read outline of what a client and surveyor can expect from current imagery products in a very fast moving technical environment.


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