In this industry no two weeks are the same, but that is part of the enjoyment of the job. This week has taken me from London to the middle of the River Medway via Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex!
Monday: A small land survey for a client looking to extend an existing survey they had in Canterbury (one I priced and won for a previous employer by complete coincidence!). The quote came in on the Friday, and we squeezed the work in on the Monday - so much for putting my feet up!
Tuesday: Up to Pfizers (Sandwich, Kent) for the day with Method Statement & Risk Assessment in hand, upon arrival the permits office gave me the news that no permit had been requested for the work. However on discussion with the office I didn't need one, and the RAMS were not required as the work was on the public highway outside the site. Spent the rest of the day covering 10km of walking - you'd think taking in the scenery etc., but no it was over the same 200m of road walking up and down doing the survey!!
Wednesday: Change of pace again down to Hurstpierpoint (West Sussex) to survey a 2.5acre garden for a potential extension to the existing property and garden landscaping. This was combined with returning some hire kit to Opti-cal down near Gatwick airport. The day started at 6, and finished at 6 for all those of you thinking I keep short hours!
Thursday: A more leisurely start setting out the ends of five gas pipes covered over by chalk fill at a local landfill which is in the process of being reclaimed. Then from here I was off to an afternoon meeting with the CICES visiting the Hydrographic Office at Sheerness Docks, with a trip out on the Medway Surveyor to map a wreck just off the terminals for Grain LNG. More pictures can be seen on our Facebook page, and eventually on the CICES website. Fascinating to see Surveyors from other sectors at work for a change.
Friday: Hoping on a train up to London to carry out a measured internal survey for a property rental & future lease plan. I was looking forward to nicely maintained property given the client, but found myself in the dark in a flat clearly not used for 20-30 years with ceilings falling part, a concrete floor covered in dust etc.. Of course on the plus side all the corners were easily accessible to carry out a quick survey, and give me time for a quick nephew cuddle (2 months old) on the way home.
So I've managed to clock up a ridiculous amount of miles in the car, on the train, and on foot. It also means I now have a lot of data to process next week to issue the information out to the clients, although I did managed to process and issue work from Monday & Tuesday on the following day in an attempt to stay on top of my inbox.
Next week I'll be hitting Dover, Ashford & Upchurch at the moment, but that could easily be added to at any time.
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