Snowy start to 2018

Topographical Survey in Swindon during Snow fall

Snowy topographical survey in Swindon

We’ve had a busy start to 2018, undertaking a varied selection of large scale projects around the country, taking delivery of a new van and dealing with changeable wintry weather conditions.

Our recent projects include channel surveys in Gloucester and Guildford, large scale scanning projects in Stevenage and a range of smaller projects closer to home in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire including many residential properties and a range of more interesting sites including an underground reservoir in the Forest Of Dean.

New Monument Van


At the end of February we took delivery of a second company vehicle, this now means both of our site teams have professional looking vans to carry a large amount of equipment and to make site visits in.


It has been a busy start to hopefully another successful year for Monument and the team. We look forward to welcoming new clients and continuing to work with our returning clients in the coming months.


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September 2017

We are now nearly into the 9th year of business and our client base and reputation is continuing to grow. Our staff remain committed to ensuring all deliverables to the client meet their exacting needs.

The first half of 2017 found us reaching the milestone of our 1000th scheme. Thanks must go to everyone who has commissioned us, those that come back for repeat business and every recommendation.

We have continued to carry out a variety of projects both locally and nationally for a diverse range of clients. Our surveyors have been seen working in night-clubs, primary schools, city centres, pubs and many private residences. Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Wales have been the most popular locations, although we have travelled further afield to Chartwell House in Kent (the former home of Winston Churchill) as well as Central London and inner city Cardiff.

We have recently been joined by an additional member of staff, Billy Mann has taken up the role of assistant surveyor and has been learning fast on the job under the tutelage of our lead surveyors.

Chartwell Topographical Survey



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Monument Welcomes Chris to the team…

Monument would like to welcome Chris as the latest member of our survey team, bringing with him a wealth of experience especially in the Underground utility tracing sector.

It has been a very busy year for Monument, with continued expansion that has seen us purchase our first company vehicle…

Topographical Survey

Topographical Survey

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Too busy surveying…

Apologies for not updating our news feed recently, we’ve been too busy !!

2014 saw us expand our workforce with plans afoot for future growth as well. We also took ownership of a new Faro Laser Scanner to improve our measured building survey output, this has not only saved on site time but has been an invaluable tool for providing client specific information when requested at a later date.

Survey wise we have continued to provide topographical and measured building plans for a range of clients/architects. We have had teams scaling the width and breadth of the country, thankful for a drier Winter than last year.

Wiltshire and Somerset have been particularly prominent as go to places recently. Several projects saw us combine traditional total station methods along with vehicle mounted laser scanning to enable data capture of dual carriageways and motorways without the need for Traffic Management. The ever increasing need to look for renewable energy sources has also seen a surge in GPS surveys of open fields earmarked for potential solar farms.

February 2015 found Monument sponsoring a car in the Wyedean Rally, where local  favourite Nik Elsmore finished 1st in class and 5th overall.

The next few weeks will see teams travel to Yorkshire and Bath as well as plenty of local surveys in Gloucestershire & Worcestershire.

Lets hope the rest of the year continues in the same vein !

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Summer Topographical Surveys

The hot summer made a pleasant change from the previous months ensuring that productivity remained constant and days werent lost due to the weather. Although there were still some comments about working in excessive heat, but not to worry as the office is air conditioned! Surveys were undertaken from Bristol University to Industrial Estates in Cwmbran and many areas inbetween. Plenty of Red Kites were spotted circling above in Aylesbury whilst the M25 was also navigated due to several jobs in Surrey. Herefordshire was once again a popular destination with gardens and farms being surveyed. Additional areas of Worcester City Centre also needed mapping along with a private estate in Cheltenham. An extremely early morning also saw the site team undertake a verification survey in Bromsgrove while closer to home a pub survey was carried out and the lunch menu also tested.

Halloween came early in August when we were commissioned to carry out a tomb location survey in Berkeley, for those interested the resting place of Edward Jenner and the last court Jester, Dicky Pearce.

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Spring Land Surveys

Fortunately the cold / wet spring has not had a detrimental effect on our workload. We have had teams travelling far and wide from Plymouth in the South West to Camber Sands in the South East. Closer to home we have been maintaining our good relationships with several local garden designers and architects with plenty of repeat work across Gloucestershire. One of the more pleasant days was spent at Stowe Gardens in Buckinghamshire where we undertook a survey for The National Trust, the sun even shone and its not everyday that you see the school P.E. lessons taking place on a lake in rowing boats.

Octagon Lake - Stowe Gardens

Octagon Lake – Stowe Gardens

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A strong start to the year…

With Christmas already a distant memory, January saw our teams of surveyors travelling further afield with jobs in Kent, Surrey and London. Closer to home we undertook surveys for a new client in Bristol & Stroud, fortunately the snow that fell didnt disrupt us for too long and the jobs were completed on time. Late on in the month we spent a week in the centre of Worcester adding on to previous extents surveyed for the same client. We also had teams working along the South West bypass in Gloucester and on several private sites within the city limits. February has seen no let up in both prospects and live projects, with both Gloucestershire and Worcestershire being central to our schemes.

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Christmas is Coming

Winter is nearly here, and still no complaints about the weather from our site teams (There’s still time!).

October began with several surveys in the centre of Cheltenham, prior to the Christmas shopping rush thank goodness. We also had time to fit in a revisit to Junction 21 (Weston Super Mare) of the M5 where some ongoing site works had been carried out and altered the original survey.

November was soon upon us and we found ourselves for the first week in Bristol alongside the A4174 ring road before returning closer to base to carry out some small surveys in Newnham and St. Briavels. Whilst one team carried out a GPS survey of some land near the Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford a second team undertook a bank survey of a reservoir in Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire, taking special care not to upset the local fishermen.

Mid November saw topographical surveys carried out of the High Street in Bewdley, followed by a larger scale survey of Lowesmoor Road in Worcester (I really wish footpaths were made wider than the width of a tripod!!).

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Summer Surveys

Plenty of mileage claims over the last couple of months as our surveyors undertook work from Devon to Redditch just South of Birmingham. We also took a couple of trips across the border into Carmarthenshire, Wales. Closer to home we carried out a survey along a stretch of carriageway leading from Mitcheldean to Cinderford. On the positive side the views across the Severn Estuary were stunning, however this was offset by the theft of a flashing beacon (those who follow us on Facebook will have seen the picture evidence).

The wet weather also coincided with a series of measured building surveys (fortunate timing), including full elevations and floorplans as well as a topographical survey of each site. September also saw Monument Geomatics becoming the proud Kit sponsors of Berry Hill under 8s Rugby Team. Our MD is their Head Coach after all.

The forthcoming month is already starting to look busy with our teams being sent out to Cheltenham, Swindon and Stroud.

View of Seven Estuary

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Chasing the Olympic Torch

April saw a team spending a day in the stroud valleys surveying a caravan park, in what was described by the guys as the wettest day weve ever known, even our sandwiches were soggy. Surveys were also undertaken in Kingstone, Herefordshire and in Old Storridge, Worcestershire, although one member of the team almost didnt make it due to the lack of a road map and/or SatNav.

We also seemed to spend several days in May chasing the Olympic Torch relay around the country without ever actually seeing it. Firstly in Swindon, and then Gloucester followed by Ledbury. Better planning is definitely required in the future if were ever to get that elusive photograph.

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