Regimental Survey Officer 


1.He is responsible for putting the regiment on a single grid.


2. As survey adviser to the CO, he gives an estimate of the time required to put troops:-

(a) On a rough regimental grid suitable for observed concentrations.

(b) On an accurate regimental grid.


3. He will make a survey plan based on information from the C.O. or the 2.I.C, and will inform the C.P.O's what assistance in survey is requred from them. Depending on the time available and the nature of the country, his plan will be:-


(a) To carry an orientation to, and fix a point in, each battery area. The points to which orientation and fixation are carried may be either the battery director, a troop director, or a pivot gun.


(b) To carry an orientation to each battery or troop director and fix each pivot gun.


4. When the orientation of the Regimental grid is to be based on the pole star, he is responsible for the work concerned and he will pass this orientation to batteries in the normal way.


5. As soon as the data for any battery is available he will order that battery to change on the regimental grid. When regimental orientation is available before fixation he will order the appropiate change of zero line without waiting for fixation.


6. He will keep in the closest touch with the survey troop or survey regimeny.


7. When information is received concerning a divisional or higher grid, he will advise the CO whether a change of grid is justified. Q change should not normally be made if the errors of the current grid are less than


Orientation   10 minutes

Fixation        15 metres, in either eastings or northing, 5 metres in height.


8. He carries the current grid to temporary and laternative positions.


9. When required, he provides survey data in the OP area, and fixation of targets. He is also responsible, when ordered for air burst ranging and short base registration.


10. He assists the adjudant in:-


(a) Plotting data required on the Artillery or map board at regimental headquarters.

(b) Maintaining regimental target records.

(c) Production of barrage and concentration tracings.

(d) Production of task tables and concentration tables.

(e) Deduction of co-ordinates from air photographs.

(f) All work concerned with counter battery fire, and records.


11. He is responsible for the calibration of all the directors within the regiment. Directors should be calibrated whenever suitable opportunities occur and always as soon as possible after the regiment moves a distance of 20 miles east or west or 50 miles north of south.