Understanding the Different Types of Surveying

Understanding the Different Types of Surveying

Surveying is a multifaceted discipline but at its heart, it is about understanding your client’s needs and delivering accurate and precise location services, data & boundary determination.

In this article, we provide a useful overview of the different types of surveying and explain the role of surveyors as key contributors to major projects of all kinds.

Before we start, here is a quick definition of survey work in practice:

  • Surveying involves measuring and defining the physical properties or specific areas.
  • This work may include multiple elevations, related planning measurements, and a large range of site metrics according to your project needs.
  • Surveyors are responsible for the provision of accurate data for all types of measurements for building, construction, and planning purposes.

Types of Surveying

  • Boundary surveys: These surveys are related directly to title boundaries and/or public land boundaries. Surveys of this type establish property rights and title metrics. Some types of boundary survey are used to resolve boundary disputes.
  • Construction surveys: Construction surveys relate directly to the needs of construction. These needs may include land elevations, gradients, plan measurements and site topography. Construction surveys are critical for building and compliance purposes.
  • Location surveys: A location survey may be required for a large range of purposes. Location surveys involve measurements to define specific areas, infrastructure, spatial measurements, and other data.
  • Site planning surveys: This is typically an initial survey for planning purposes. It’s also the basis of subsequent construction surveys and may include boundary surveys. Site planning surveys require meticulous attention to detail and expertise to meet construction and other needs.
  • Subdivision surveys: The subdivision of property requires accurate measurements of land to create new titles. Subdivision surveys are conducted for this purpose, and they are subject to rigorous quality demands.
  • Topographic surveys: Topography is the basis of map making. This type of survey may be carried out in macro and micro forms, depending on the needs of the planners. Topographic surveys can be particularly demanding, requiring a large amount of data of different kinds related to mapping an area. Survey subjects may include landforms, creeks and parklands, among other areas.
  • Lease, Lettable Area & Tenancy Surveys: whether it’s a large shopping centre, an industrial space or a commercial office; Commercial Lease surveys determine and outline the space(s) being tenanted providing peace of mind to agents, landlords and tenants.

Understanding the Value of Surveyors and Surveying

As you can see, surveyors can deliver a wide variety of information that ensures a project’s viability. Surveyors are also invaluable in a consultancy or advisory capacity. They can assist with basics like boundary disputes or planning a new construction, as well as more complicated and large-scale needs.

Talk to Our Surveyors

 The surveyors at Arnold Development Consultants are proven experts who undertake a wide variety of surveys. With a history of successful projects throughout Queensland, we can provide the information that’s essential to your project’s success. If you’d like to speak to one of Queensland’s leading surveyors, contact us online or ring your nearest Arnold Development Consultants office.