Types of Measured Surveys

What is Measured Surveys?

A Measured survey is a form of gathering information, measurements and positions of features of a property on 2D or 3D plan. Most importantly they include structural features, levels and dimensions.

There are 3 major types of measured surveys;

  • Buildings,
  • Land, and;
  • Utilities

You can take a look at this guidance note on Measured Surveys from the RICS here to get an idea of what’s included in the survey.

When you are planning on undertaking some kind of development on your property you will be dealing with surveyors of all type;

  • Building surveyors
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Land Surveyors
  • Rights of light Surveyors
  • Party wall surveyors

of course there are many more professionals involved on your project.

The different types of Surveys

Measured Building Surveys

  • Measured Building Surveys ( Also known as: Measured Survey of Building, Architectural Surveys, As-Built Surveys, Existing Plan Survey)
    • It includes the following types of plans: ( Plans are drawings that are represented in 2D or 3D, most of the time they are produced using AutoCAD)
      • Floor Plans
      • Elevation Plans
      • Section Plans
      • Roof Plans
      • Loft Plans
      • Ceiling Plans
      • Internal Elevation Plans
    • Used for
      • Part of planning application submission
      • Architects to produce proposed plans
      • Other professionals to prepare reports (e.g. structural engineers)

Topographical Surveys

  • Topographical Surveys ( This can be combined with a Measured Building Survey )
    • It includes the following types of plans
      • Topographical plan
      • Elevation Plans ( Yes this type of plan can be useful with topographical surveys for extensions, rights of light surveys, etc…)
      • Section Plan ( this plan can be used to represent vertical sections of the land or road)
    • Used for
      • Part of planning application submission
      • Land development
      • Architects to produce proposed plans
      • Other professionals to produce reports, calculations (e.g. rights of lights surveyors)

Utility Surveys

  • Utility Surveys (usually combined with Topographical surveys)
    • It includes the following types of plans
      • Underground Utility Plan
      • Topographical Plan (The utility plan is combined with the topographical plan)
    • Used for
      • Part of planning application submission
      • Architects to produce proposed plans

How does it look like?

You can take a look at some of sample files below to get an idea of what to look out for in a measured building survey or a topographical survey.

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Bhavesh Ramburn

Commercial Manager - Quantity Surveyor with 10+ years in the construction industry.

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