Chris Cox and Rog Palmer established Air Photo Services in 1990,in Cambridge UK, following experience as field and aerial archaeologists in the public and private sectors. Chris has over 30 years of professional experience, and Rog over 40 years of experience, as interpreters of aerial images and consultancy in the heritage sector. We have worked on major infrastructure, commercial development, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Local Authority archaeological projects and legal cases. Chris is a member and elected Council member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and with Rog is a member of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group.

We have extensive knowledge of aerial image archives and specialises in the accurate mapping of landscape and individual features from aerial imagery in order to locate features on the ground, and provide information on past and present landuse. We have worked with major heritage consultancies on multi disciplinary EIA projects, are adept at integrated team working and provision of detailed landscape, landuse and heritage data.

As an expert witness, and member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, Chris provides representation in court and at Public Inquiry regarding land use, heritage and planning issues based on dated evidence from aerial photographs. Chris_Cox_CV.

Our Clients

Air Photo Services works with major companies, Local Authorities, landowners and property developers across the UK and Europe. Legal clients include Thrings, Eversheds and Clarke Willmott and planning barristers from Landmark, No 5, Tanfield and St Johns Chambers. In the heritage sector, we work with engineering, planning and environmental consultancies including Arup, CgMs and Atkins and Government Organisations such as English Heritage, the Environment Agency and the National Trust. Our renewable energy clients include Aecom and Lightsource Renewable Energy and we undertake AP analysis in advance of water pipelines for Optimise Ltd.

our people

Associate Director David Lang provides technical and training support. As a graduate of the University of Bradford, a member of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group and a qualified teacher of adults, David advises on our teaching and training issues. An experienced field archaeologist, he has worked for Foundations Archaeology and Oxford Archaeology in the UK and France on commercial evaluation, excavation and watching brief projects.

Our accountant, Pippa Griffiths deals with our tax and VAT with infinite patience and ensures we are all well fed and suitably amused whilst at work.

Rebecca Bennett has recently begun to work with us and has contributed massively to our training and development in the migration of all our GIS work from AutoCad Map to QGIS in 2015. Rebecca brings skill and expertise in GIS and the processing and interpretation of Airborne Laser Scan (also known as LiDAR) data. Together we are offering CIfA accredited training courses in processing and using the newly released open source Environment Agency LiDAR data.

Ian Bracegirdle provides our specialist aerial photographic surveys and works closely with us to ensure the highest quality aerial surveys, particularly for environmental and legal applications.

our team

We place a high emphasis on co operative team working. As a long established family business, we take great pride in the quality of our work and client service. We seek to continually improve our standards through a creative approach to CPD, adherence to professional standards, the CIfA code of conduct where appropriate and a genuine enjoyment of the variety and breadth of our work in this specialist and technically exacting area.