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Defence Surveyors' Association


Who We Are

DSA comprises members from the defence, industry, academe and private sectors who have a collective interest

in defence surveying, mapping, charting and geospatial intelligence.  The common thread is the application of

science and art to geographic interpretation for defence purposes.

The aim of the DSA is to promote an understanding and appreciation of defence surveying, mapping, charting

and geospatial intelligence in historical, current and future contexts and to keep past and current members of

that community in touch with one another.

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Contact Us

Chairman: John Knight    email: knight.ja@btinternet.com
Secretary:

Membership Secretary: James Prain email: jamesfprain@gmail.com
Treasurer: Phil Wildman email: phil.wildman47@gmail.com

 

History of DSA

In 1927, a group of officers who had contributed to the great success of the Artillery in 1917-1918 by the provision of counter-bombardment data from Sound Ranging & Flash Spotting and led by the Nobel Prize-winners Sir Lawrence Bragg and Harold Hemming formed the Field Survey Association as an old comrades association and a known pool of expertise if called upon for another war. The association was in abeyance during the Second World War but many members again saw active service.  The Association resumed activities in 1945 and, in 1997, was renamed the Defence Surveyors' Association more properly to reflect the multi-disciplined changing nature of Geographic Intelligence support to the three Services.

The Defence Surveyors' Association, or DSA, is a registered charity whose principal objectives are:

1. Promote the sharing of knowledge of current and past achievements, future development and potential opportunities in the areas of defence surveying, mapping, charting and geospatial intelligence. 


2. Recognise and reward excellence and achievement within the DSA area of interest within the armed forces and related institutions with the awarding of prizes. 


3. Support events to encourage socialising and networking across the defence geographic community. 


4. Support activities to preserve the defence surveying, mapping, charting and geospatial heritage.

DSA Council

Maj Gen Roy Wood

President

John Knight

Chairman

Vacant

Secretary

Phil Wildman

Treasurer

What we do

Prizes

Seminars

Publications


Visits

 
 
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Objectives of the DSA

 
 

DSA Council

Members of Council

Maj Gen Roy Wood

President

John Knight

Chairman

Vacant

Secretary

Phil Wildman

Treasurer

James Prain

Membership Secretary

Noel Grimmett

Editor Ranger

Mike Nolan

Member

Yo Hodgson

Member

Charles Jenkins

Member

Chris Barrington Brown

Member

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Prizes

The purpose of the award of prizes is to recognise the most significant contributions within this community by both members of the Armed Forces and civilians through the award of Annual Prizes.

DSA prizes are open to all military personnel, civil servants and civilians including those from the academic world who, in the opinion of the relevant Head of Profession and the DSA Council, have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the technology or management associated with targeting, locating, environmental support, mapping and the acquisition and management of geospatial data and historical research in the Defence geospatial arena. Individual prizes will be the norm, joint or team nominations being considered only in exceptional circumstances.

 

Further details may be obtained from the Secretary.

This years prize winners can be seen here

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Seminars

In June each year we host our annual Maps and Surveys Seminar. Throughout the year we hold several mini-seminars at various locations. This past year we have held seminars at the Gurkha Museum in Winchester and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.

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Publications

We produce The Ranger each autumn. The Ranger brings together a balance  of articles between  historical interest and current operational capability.

We also publish an occasional DSA Newsletter to keep members informed of a variety of news items, events, and developments linked to the world of Geospatial Intelligence.

 
Events
Maps and Surveys Seminar 2020
Fri, Jun 19
Arlington Arts Centre (Entrance Route)
Jun 19, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Arlington Arts Centre (Entrance Route), Arlington Ln, Newbury RG14 3BJ, UK
The popular DSA's annual Maps and Surveys Seminar will take place at the Arlington Arts Centre, near Newbury in June
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KOHIMA BATTLE SEMINAR 7 NOVEMBER 2019
Thu, Nov 07
The Gurkha Museum
Nov 07, 2019, 10:15 AM – 4:00 PM
The Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Rd, Winchester SO23 8TS, UK
A seminar on the Battle of Kohima has been arranged by the Defence Surveyors’ Association in the Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Winchester on 7 November, 2019.
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Annual Lecture and Black Tie Dinner
Thu, Sep 12
Dennison Barracks
Sep 12, 2019, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Dennison Barracks, Dennison Barracks, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9TP, UK
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MAPS & SURVEYS 2019
Fri, Jun 28
Arlington Arts Centre (Entrance Route)
Jun 28, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Arlington Arts Centre (Entrance Route), Arlington Ln, Newbury RG14 3BJ, UK
THE DEFENCE SURVEYORS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SEMINAR FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019
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