The Survey Association (TSA) was formed in 1979 and is the only UK Trade Association to represent private land surveying companies and the organisationaims to raise the profile of surveying in general and of its members in particular; to improve surveying training and education; to talk to clients and educate them; and to raise standards in surveying. While the application process to join the Association is rigorous, TSA also encourages newer firms to join and benefit from all the support and advice the Association offers.
The new Guidance Notes for GNSS Network RTK Surveying in Great Britain Issue 2 (published in April 2012) has been produced to provide surveyors, engineers and their clients with guidelines for the use of Network RTK GNSS in land and engineering surveys -RTK GNSS is a real-time kinematic receiver for high-precision and control application, capable of receiving a wide range of commercially available satellite signals.
The groundbreaking guidance notes for its use in surveys has been produced by a joint working group comprising The Survey Association (TSA), Ordnance Survey®, Newcastle University, Leica Geosystems, Topcon, Trimble and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The second highly significant new document also published in April 2012 features Further testing of commercial Network RTK GNSS services in Great Britain (NetRTK -2). Newcastle University were commissioned to produce the Report.
TSA aims to raise its profile and see further increases in the downloading of these documents, all of which are free. The 2008 Full Report has been downloaded over 1900 times so far and the Best Practice Guide just over 2,000 times. TSA has tracked these downloads to over 70 countries, with the downloaders representing Govt Departments, Universities, Local Authorities and major contractors all over the world. There are also other documents available on the TSA website and there were just under 6,000 downloads in 2011.
TSA members benefit in many different ways. These include discounts on software, availability of insurance schemes (Professional Indemnity Insurance and a special equipment insurance scheme), Health and Safety advice and seminars, regular newsletters, business improvement seminars and a free Business Support Helpline (Tax, VAT, Employment etc). TSA also gives its members the chance to make a contribution to the industry by joining a Committee or standing for Council. One of the biggest benefits is the networking on offer. Members enjoy the opportunity to talk, swap experiences and work together, under the umbrella of TSA and through its new website www.tsa-uk.org.uk
Note to Editors:
The Survey Association, known generally as TSA, is the trade body for commercial survey companies in the UK. The association was formed in 1979 to give a focus for private sector businesses in land and hydrographic survey.
Since TSA moved its Headquarters to Newark in 2006 and established its own Secretariat, the association has grown substantially. Today, the association has over 130 companies in membership as full, associate, supplier, affiliate or academic members directly involved in the survey business. The full and associate member companies together employ over 2500 people and had a turnover in 2007 of almost £250million.
TSA is governed by an elected Council comprising twelve member companies. The Council is subdivided into four core committees: PR, MIA, Technical and Finance. The role of the Secretariat is to efficiently run the day-to-day operation and liaise with the membership.
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