That the Soviets mapped the world during the Cold War will come as no surprise to most of us – but the real eye-opener is the level and kind of detail they will have gathered about your town.
This issue's lead story covers the world's most comprehensive mapping endeavour and, arguably, the world's most intriguing maps, which the Russians continued to work on beyond the end of the Cold War and into the 1990s.
Another key theme of the issue is technology and its impacts. Chris Stratton explains what the roll-out of 5G will mean for surveyors and highlights the opportunities they have to add value in the new generation of telecoms; similarly, there is a feature looking at how blockchain can benefit the work of land professionals in our increasingly global world.
Technology is making inroads into the business of waste, too, as a further article outlines. Through the GovTech Catalyst fund, companies are digitally tracking what happens to our rubbish, helping to prevent waste crime and contribute to a circular economy. We are finding out more about how much waste we generate, what it is, where it comes from and what we can do with it. Waste of another kind is the focus of a piece on the options for regenerating waste land in Scotland.
As usual, the journal covers a range of other land-related topics; but if you have any new ideas or are involved in any projects that you'd like to see included in the journal, please do drop me a line.
Journals & Content Editor
Sian edits the Land Journal. She previously worked at RICS on various isurv channels including Planning, APC and Residential as well as professional standards and guidance.