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Job opportunity: Come and join our survey team to record the heritage of Wales!

We are looking for a Geomatics Officer. This is a permanent post and an ideal position for someone who lives and breathes digital data – its capture, processing, and dissemination.

  • Full time: 37 hours per week
  • Permanent
  • £26,900 – £30,610 (Plus benefits)
  • Closing date: 5pm on 20/08/2023.

Job purpose and significance of the role

You will play a central role in the Survey and Investigation Team, working closely with all our specialist investigators (currently five in number), providing geomatic expertise and support in their work areas. You will lead on some elements and assist on others in the survey, processing and archiving of a diverse range of archaeological sites and historic buildings across the length and breadth of Wales from all periods and across a variety of environments.

Our specialist investigators cover archaeology, industrial archaeology, historic buildings and architecture, maritime archaeology, and aerial survey. The team works with a range of agencies, universities, and other bodies to survey, research and interpret the historic environment across Wales. Current projects include Twentieth Century Architecture, Faith Buildings, the coastal and inter-tidal zone, and World Heritage Slate.

Our survey work is undertaken digitally using a range of techniques and equipment, including photographic surveys on the ground and in the air (light plane and UAV) for both standard photography and photogrammetry, earthwork survey with GNSS and building survey with laser scanning. We also buy in geophysical and LiDAR survey work, and occasionally partner with other organisations on offshore marine survey projects.

New ways to map a hillfort: drone photogrammetry of Pendinas Hillfort, Penparcau, Aberystwyth, flown in 2023. This centimetre-accurate Digital Surface Model (DSM) shows the contours and ancient earthworks of the prehistoric defences, as well as more recent plough marks and hedges.
New ways to map a hillfort: drone photogrammetry of Pendinas Hillfort, Penparcau, Aberystwyth, flown in 2023. This centimetre-accurate Digital Surface Model (DSM) shows the contours and ancient earthworks of the prehistoric defences, as well as more recent plough marks and hedges.

We have a wide range of dissemination outputs from our survey work generated in-house and by commission, including standard archive plans and sections, 3D models, reconstructive animation, virtual tours, and Mixed Reality. Some of our latest work can be viewed here: https://sketchfab.com/CBHC_RCAHMW/collections and here https://www.youtube.com/@rcahmw/playlists

We also provide guidance and advice on survey methodology to other organisations in the Welsh Historic Environment sector, and we are committed as an organisation to the active investigation and development of innovative digital technologies for heritage.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact:

Louise Barker, Senior Investigator (Archaeology) on 01970 621212 or email louise.barker@rcahmw.gov.uk or Susan Fielding, Senior Investigator (Historic Buildings) on 01970 621219 or email susan.fielding@rcahmw.gov.uk

Further details

Further details and application forms can be found on our current vacancies page.

20/07/2023

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