a. The office districts of the surveying service, headed by a surveyor
(landmeter), coincide with the registry districts. Each of the 32 offices comes
under one of the 4 divisions of the cadastre, headed by an 'ingenieur-veri
The surveying service is responsible for maintaining cadastral division
of lots (cadastral survey) and therefore has to record all changes in ownership
relating to lots or parts thereof.
The office of the surveying service of the cadastre in Amsterdam includes
the central photographic reproduction shop of the cadastre.
b. The reallotment service comprises 11 offices, under an 'ingenieur
verificateur' independent of the survey divisions. Under the reallotment
act (ruilverkavelingswet) a cadastral surveyor is attached as a public expert
to the local committee in charge of a reallotment programme.
c. The service for special surveying operations, consisting of six offices
under the head of the service for special surveying operations, is in charge
mainly of revision of the cadastral survey.
d. The central drawing and training office consists of a department for
training draughtsmen and a central drawing office and computation section
providing assistance to the offices of the surveying service of the cadastre.
As far as the drawing and computation department is concerned, the office
comes under the head of the service for special surveying operations.
e. The maintenance service for national triangulation (bijhoudingsdienst
der rijksdriehoeksmeting) consists of an office under the head of service.
It is responsible for maintaining a network of fixed points (about 5000,
mainly steeple-tops) determined within the system of national triangulation.
The photogrammetric service of the cadastre consists of an office
under the head of the service for special surveying operations. The office
was set up on July 1st, 1956, mainly for the application of photogrammetry
in basic revision of cadastral surveys, but also with a view to mapping for
the cadastral reallotment service.
In recent years there has been some criticism in parliament and in pub
lications on the organizational set-up of the Dienst van Kadaster en Hypo
theken. The close ties existing between this service and the taxation service
to a number of critics seemed understandable from a historical point of view
(the cadastre was established in the beginning of the 19th century mainly
with a view to fair taxation of landed property), but at the same time they
considered such ties to be an impediment to modern development in accord
ance with demands which society may reasonably make on such a service.
They pleaded for an independent service of cadastre and mortgage, under
the Ministry of Finance. The Minister of Finance in the parliamentary debate
on the budget of his department said on 18 December 1957 that he would
re-examine the organization of the cadastre when the official committee
on the cadastre (see below) would have presented its report.
An Order in Council (Koninklijk Besluit) of 17 December 1955 introduced
"technical officers" (technische ambtenaren) for the cadastre. Generally
these have been trained at the Hogere Technische School in Utrecht, but
there is also a possibility for capable technicians lacking this training to
qualify for the position of 'technisch ambtenaar' by following a special
course organized within the service. The technical officers will take over part
of the task of the 'landmeter', so that the latter's duties will become more
supervisory than executive.
This evolution in the division of work among the various employment
categories is closely related to the fact that in 1949 the 3|-year course for
surveyors at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft was transformed into a
5-year course for geodetic engineers.
In order to give a picture of the size and productivity of the service, the
following will present some key figures: