A construction surveyor takes detailed measurements of the area involved and works closely with various members of the team including contractors, architects, engineers and individuals, throughout the entire project. Because developments usually involve substantial structures, site measurements must be of the greatest degree of accuracy, therefore, surveyors often employ specialized tools such as altimeters and theodolites to measure altitudes and angles.
Depending on the complexities of the site, they may also incorporate previous documents and drawings when making measurements. Sometimes, they will even use computer software to analyse a site. Once the site has been thoroughly examined, the surveyor will then mark the site to indicate boundaries and recommended areas of construction.
Because of their expertise, the construction surveyor is generally the first to arrive at the development site.
Who Needs a Construction Surveyor?
Construction surveys are a must for any ground breaking project for the detection of underground pipes, unsafe ground conditions and to ensure the project fits within the perimeters of the site, therefore, anyone who wishes to undertake a development project could benefit from the expertise of a construction surveyor.
They perform the most vital functions of a project including determining the location for sewer systems, power lines and phone lines. They also provide exact measurements and land characteristics such as plot size, shape, boundaries and elevations to ensure the proper placement of structures and advise contractors, architects, engineers and other professionals throughout the life of the project. In short, a construction surveyor is needed to help ensure you build a quality structure that occupants, customers and onlookers can appreciate for years to come.
Construction surveyors also assist in the reconstruction of buildings and structures that have been damaged, such as after a natural disaster, including damaged buildings, roads, bridges and more. Construction surveying is essential for a number of development projects including:
- Housing Developments
- Business parks
- Shopping malls
- Offshore oil rigs
- And more