The Surveying division is made up of three sections namely Cadastral Surveys, Geodetic Surveys and Surveying Information and Plan Preparation. The following are the objectives of this division:
Functions of the Surveys Division
To maintain surveying standards and provide direction on surveying matters and to ensure that surveys are performed and recorded according to defined standards, in a timely manner and in accordance with prevailing legislation.
Generally, the Surveys Division is the division responsible for all the Surveying work of the Commission and has the mandate to administer the Land Surveyors Act.
Basically, these functions are executed by the Office of the Surveys Manager, the Cadastral Surveys Section, the Geodetic Surveys Section and the Survey Information and Plan Preparation Section.
The Surveys Manager Office is responsible to effectively and efficiently manage the Surveys Division to efficiently achieved it targets set out in the Division’s work programme. In so doing, the Office directly supervises the Cadastral, Geodetic and Surveys Information and Plan Preparation Sections. The manger office is also tasked with the following responsibilities:
Strategic Objectives of the Division
The following are the Strategic Objectives of the Division as outlined in the Strategic Plan of the Commission.
Staffing of the Division
The Division is presently staff with 27 persons which includes the Manager and three Seniors.
The cadastral section deals with the security of land tenure by ensuring that plans are prepared and recorded in accordance with Land and Surveys Act 9701 and incompliant with Deeds Registry Act for the purpose of conveying transport and Land Registry Act for the purpose of using cot Stateland Acts for the purpose of issuing Leases and Grants.
Ensure that duplicate of the aforementioned plans are kept safely for retrieval and perusal by surveyors and the general public as reference.
This section is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of national control benchmarks, both horizontal and vertical. Also responsible for the maintenance of the international boundary monuments, information on 1st,2nd , 3rd or 4th order control marks are obtained in form of coordinates and description and locations.
The Survey Information and Plan Drafting Section
This section consists of the Plan Drafting Unit, The Recording Unit and the Vault for, storing Cadastral Plans, Leases, Grants and other Land Information.
The Plan Drafting Unit helps to develop and customize survey information and Plan Drafting Systems; provide technical and analytical support to address issues such as Land Ownership and Titles, Urban and Regional Planning for the Commission to assist in the overall database management; to create and maintain maps and other geographic source data by manual and automated means for use by the Commission and members of the public.
The Recording Unit assists in the maintenance of the Recording System of the Commission thereof, forming a basis for accurate Land information and Boundary description of every tract of land which boundaries have been determined and have been described on a plan recorded by Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission.
The Vault stores, retrieves and index all Maps, Plans, Charts, Leases, Grants and all hard copy files including Titles for Government Lands. The unit provides survey information and land information to registered owners and a wide spectrum of users, including real estate agents, property valuators, building inspectors, planners, local authorities and general public as a whole.