Where we are commissioned to work on existing buildings the first things we need before we can offer any detailed advice or undertake any design work are plans and elevations of the existing building. It is critical that the information we work on from the outset is current and accurate as all design work will be based on and relate to this. In some cases clients have retained copies of the original building plans; these are usually hand drawn and vary significantly in age and accuracy. Whilst being of use for reference they are usually not detailed enough to rely on for the work we are to undertake and therefore a measured building survey needs to be undertaken and we are able to provide this as an additional independent service.
2 | transparent fees
As each measured building survey is quoted as a lump sum fee and individually costed it will be necessary for a partner of a senior member of staff to visit site to assess the extent of the work required in light of the intended building works, site/building conditions and any potential issues for accessing any parts of the building. Please note that for Health & Safety reasons some buildings or parts of buildings may not be capable of being measured. Once appointed our allocated survey team will visit site on a pre-arranged date/time and undertake the survey using appropriate equipment for the task at hand.
3 | a professional service
Unless we are specifically requested not to do so we will take a selection of digital photographs for our own use to record and assist with the survey process. The survey will then be plotted by one of our technicians to produce the final survey drawing (in 2D unless otherwise agreed) digital format which is then capable of being imported into our CAD software as a basis for whatever design work is required, onward distribution via e-mail, and/or sharing with other consultants. The survey is normally forwarded to the client via e-mail but can be exported to CD-ROM or plotted in paper format if necessary at extra cost.
4 | production of a virtual model
Where appropriate, the survey can be plotted in 3D to provide a ‘virtual model’ of the building which can then be used for further 3D modelling and computer generated imagery. Although this is a slower and therefore more expensive process on account of the level of detailed input required it can be very beneficial and cost effective in the overall scheme of things depending upon the nature and scale of the project. If you require this service it is important that you discuss this with us before we quote as this can dictate the manner in which the site survey is undertaken.
5 | topographical surveys
We are also able to undertake limited topographical (levels) surveys and have appropriate optical levelling equipment to undertake this on more modest sized projects. However on larger sites we would recommend sub-letting this work to specialist land