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.
Chairman: John Knight email:
Membership Secretary: James Prain email:
Treasurer: Phil Wildman email:
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.
Maj Gen Roy Wood
What we do
Objectives of the DSA
Members of Council
Maj Gen Roy Wood
Chris Barrington Brown
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
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.
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.