Memorandum by Brian Ping (CEM 55)
I have recently become aware of this new initiative
and wonder if our commercial experience may be of assistance.
For 20 years, as a fellow of the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors, I ran the UK's largest company of Chartered
Land Surveyors, Glen Surveys Ltd. Glen Surveys was not only a
leader in making maps and plans, but also a pioneer of the management
technology, GIS (Geographical Information Systems). For 10 years
Glen worked with Ordnance Survey, to create the national archive
of digital maps that everyone can now enjoy.
Three years ago I took early retirement from
Glen Surveys, to develop GIS management tools for Cemetery and
Crematoria Administration and Management. Our two products, BACAS
and VISUALBACAS have become the market leaders in the burial and
cremation industries. The former package organises the transactions
and record keeping process of burials or cremations, whilst the
latter, based on digital maps, provides the basis for better organising
sites and keeping Risk Assessment Records of the conditions of
In particular VISUALBACAS addresses most of
the most serious problems facing the managers of Cemeteries and
Who is responsible for what?
Lifespan of space available.
Space available on expiry of "Perpetuity
Safety, security and condition of
Is there space where there is no
Optimisation of space etc, etc.
I enclose herewith a copy of our VISUALBACAS
which we trust will highlight some of the issues that the Sub-committee
will be addressing. Should our knowledge be of interest we would
be pleased to submit further information or to meet for an informal
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