What is a Contour & Detail Survey?

What is a Contour & Detail Survey?
What is a Contour & Detail Survey

If you’re trying to understand the terms used in the building and construction industry, you may need to know what is a contour & detail survey?

Queensland Surveying Solutions can help orchestrate a contour and detail survey as part of the planning stage of any building work you are involved in.

We are a surveying consultancy with years of experience in the provision of support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We complete construction, property and development surveys for projects throughout the South East Queensland region. Please call us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here for further information.

What a Contour and Detail Survey Is

Typically, a contour & detail survey provides the location and levels of existing areas by surveying at ground level, underground and above ground (services).

It takes in features including trees, footpaths and other key surroundings/structures within your land parcel. It also includes some detail on an adjoining property if required.

The amount of detail provided depends on the scope provided by your architect and what your project entails.

What Equipment is Used

The field component is done using modern equipment including Robotic Total Stations, GNSS and electronic levels.

The total stations have a reflector less distance, measuring capabilities that allow measuring to features such as eaves, roof ridges etc. without access. Each feature on the ground is physically located in 3 dimensions very accurately, most surveys contain hundreds of measurements.

These measurements are then downloaded onto a computer and a 3-dimensional model is created. This is then plotted out in PDF format and supplied to the client. A CAD file containing the 3D model is also supplied.

Why You Need It

Contour and detail surveys are essential for planning any development or building work. Completing this process prior to the design phase will assist your architect/design team in designing your new home or extension.

It assists them in generating the best design possible for your site and making it compliant with local councils. It also protects you against future implications in regards to flooding.

Queensland Surveying Solutions are the perfect choice to undertake a contour & detail survey for your next building project. Talk to us about what you need by phoning 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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Why Do I Need a Building Set Out Survey?

Why Do I Need a Building Set Out Survey?
Why Do I Need a Building Set Out Survey

If the world of construction is a bit foreign to you, one thought you might be having is why do I need a building set out survey?

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we’re here to talk you through why you need a set out survey and what exactly it entails.

Our team organises the set out surveying of houses, townhouses, office blocks, industrial buildings, warehouses and commercial premises.

To find out how we can help you, call Queensland Surveying Solutions on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

What is a Set Out Survey?

A set out survey involves transferring a building design from approved architectural plans onto the land itself so the builders can follow it during construction. This survey is of upmost importance to ensure accuracy throughout the building process.

At Queensland Surveying Solution, we use the latest equipment including:

  • Latest model Leica Robotic Total Station
  • Leica Controller
  • Reflective Prisms
  • Poles and Tripods

Why it’s Important to Have a Set Out Survey

Set outs are required to ensure your structure is in the right place. We complete set outs for

a large array of projects including construction of:

  • New homes
  • Carports
  • Renovations/extensions
  • Retaining walls
  • Granny flats

Our large construction/civil projects also require set out – roads, tunnels, bridges and major commercial buildings.

Process for Set Out Surveys

Each survey requires the accurate location of the boundaries by a field survey and checks against the existing survey plans. The design is checked to ensure that it meets the setback requirements and then uploaded onto a data recorder/computer that allows efficient set   out of the design in the field.

Once this is done, it is easy to return for later stages and replace the same points in exactly the same location. For example, returning to pin the footings or walls after the foundations are poured.

Form 16 Certification

Setout and siting certificates are done by checking the location of the relevant structure to the boundaries and comparing those to the offsets from the boundaries that have been approved. If compliant, a form 16 certificate is issued, if not a sketch is prepared with details of the non-compliance.

A common error is for builders or homeowners to get this done after construction has been completed. It is strongly recommended that new work is set out by a registered surveyor to avoid difficulties afterwards. The cost of the set-out work allows for a form 16 and is not that much more than getting it done after the building is finished.

Why Do I Need a Building Set Out Survey?

Talk to our team at Queensland Surveying Solutions about the requirements of your project today. Please call us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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Residential Land Surveyor Brisbane

Residential Land Surveyor Brisbane
Residential Land Surveyor

If you’re looking to revamp or develop an area around your home, you’ll need a residential land surveyor.

Queensland Surveying Solutions is a North Brisbane based surveying consultancy with years of experience offering professional, honest advice and unrivalled attention to detail.

We undertake construction, property and development surveys for hundreds of residential projects throughout South East Queensland each year.

Below is just one of many client case studies where we helped make a Brisbane couple’s backyard redesign a smooth and stress-free process. To find out what QSS can do for you, please call us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

Client Case Study | Residential Surveying Alderley

A homeowner in Alderley recently contacted us about their latest project to re-design their backyard. We were tasked to do our part for a residential renovation/maintenance project.

Type of surveying works being completed: Contour and Detail Survey.

What was involved: We only required one site visit before returning to our office to produce a Contour and Detail Plan.

Outcome: This backyard was quite tricky because there were lots of varying heights, ledges, retaining walls, stairs, trees and gardens that needed to be surveyed. Attention to detail was of upmost importance when completing a survey like this to ensure that nothing was missed as it could impact the design phase.

Documentation: Upon completion, a Contour and Detail Plan was forwarded onto our client, along with relevant CAD files. The client can now forward these onto their designer to assist with the next phase of the project.

NOTE: What is a CAD File? CAD stands for Computer Aided Design and is an image file format used by AutoCAD. AutoCAD was created by AutoDesk and creates 2D and 3D designs. CAD files hold information for these images, as well as drafting information.

Why Choose Queensland Surveying Solutions?

  • We have the experience and professionalism you would expect from a large firm with the individual care and commitment you expect from a smaller company.
  • We provide the highest quality and attention to detail in every project. 
  • Communication is key in our business – we always ensure our clients know what is happening with every step of the process.
  • We use the latest technology and are at the leading edge in professional development within our practice.
  • We have offices in Brisbane (Head Office) and the Gold Coast, servicing all areas throughout Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Moreton/Redland Bay Council areas.

Residential Land Surveyor

Queensland Surveying Solutions is the perfect choice for your residential land surveyor Brisbane. Talk to us about your requirements by calling us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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Engineering Surveyor for Boat Ramp, Carpark and Rock Groyne

Engineering Surveyor for Boat Ramp, Carpark and Rock Groyne
Engineering Surveyor for Boat Ramp, Carpark and Rock Groyne

If you’re after the select services of an experienced engineering surveyor for a boat ramp, carpark and rock groyne project work, look no further than Queensland Surveying Solutions.

QSS is a sought-after surveying consultancy team with experience in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

Our team has vast experience across multiple disciplines and is skilled at understanding the complexities and challenges of every project to deliver the best possible outcome.

We’ve worked with many marine and civil contracting firms, state and local Government bodies to design, assess and help deliver quality, easily accessible boat ramps, carparks and rock groyne solutions that better serve the community.

Client Case Study | Burrum Heads Boat Ramp, Carpark and Rock Groyne

A large marine and civil contractor engaged QSS on behalf of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to assist in the construction of a new boat ramp, car park and rock groyne at Burrum Heads on the Fraser Coast.

Type of surveying works being completed: Engineering – Set Out.

What was involved: About 20 site visits in total with coordination and support from our Brisbane office. We built 3D machine guidance files then set out the required boat ramp, car park and rock groyne for the construction team.

Project outcome: Being a tidal area, the timing of our site visits needed to be monitored closely. This ensured our client benefited from continuous survey works being able to be completed within one site visit saving both time and money.

Documentation: Upon conclusion of the project, QSS completed and supplied our client with as-constructed plans to ensure that the approval process from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads went smoothly and without delay.

What we do at Queensland Surveying Solutions

Queensland Surveying Solutions service Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redland Bay Council areas and undertake services including:

  • Construction Surveys
  • Development Surveys
  • Property Surveys

We are also registered with the Surveyors Board of Queensland. To find out more about what we do, please check out the QSS webpage here.

Engineering Surveyor for Boat Ramp, Carpark and Rock Groyne

Make the most of what Queensland Surveying Solutions has to offer you and let us help you with your next project survey requirements. Please call us on (07) 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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Set Out Surveyor

Set Out Surveyor
Set Out Surveyor

If you’re getting ready to build a new house or complete some other form of construction, you’ll need to engage the services of a set out surveyor.

Queensland Surveying Solutions (QSS) is a surveying consultancy with years of experience and committed to providing our clients a quality and professional job – from Caboolture to Clayfield, Kenmore to Kedron, Ascot to Albany Creek and everywhere in between we can help!

Our team organises the set out surveying of houses, townhouses, office blocks, industrial buildings, warehouses and commercial premises.

Below we share a case study for a client living in the Moreton Bay region where we were engaged by the builder, however, it’s worth noting that we can also work directly with the home owner!

To find out how we can help you please call QSS on (07) 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

Client Case Study House Set Out Caboolture

QSS were engaged by a builder who has been a client for several years to conduct a house set for a new residential home in Caboolture South, part of the Moreton Bay Regional Council area.

A set out survey was used to measure out the exact position of a proposed structure within the legal boundaries of the land.

Type of surveying works being completed: Building set out for a new residential home (405m2 block and approximately 200m2 home) and Form 16 certificate – to certify the build (location) was compliant with council regulations.

What was involved: The approved plans were compared to the corresponding CAD files to ensure there were no design variations. After pre-calculations were completed, a site visit was completed to set out the house to ensure it was built in the correct position as per approved plans.

Project outcome: Our client has continued to use our services as we have always completed their survey work on the day it has been requested. We are thorough in our calculations and set out process, ensuring accuracy and clarity for builders, creating a stress-free, fast and smooth process through to certification.

Why Choose Queensland Surveying Solutions?

  • We have the experience and professionalism you would expect from a large firm with the individual care and commitment you expect from a smaller company.
  • We offer up front quotes with transparency and competitive pricing.
  • Communication is key in our business – we always ensure our clients know what is happening with every step of the process.
  • We use the latest technology and are at the leading edge in professional development within our practice.

Set Out Surveyor

Talk to the team at Queensland Surveying Solutions about the requirements of your next project today. Phone us on (07) 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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Bridge and Road Works Surveyor

Bridge and Road Works Surveyor
Bridge and Road Works Surveyor

If you are looking for a reliable bridge and road works surveyor, look no further than Queensland Surveying Solutions.

We are a surveying consultancy company with years of experience in the provision of support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

As a highly committed team, we ensure our clients are given nothing but the most professional service on every project we undertake.

Below we share a bridge replacement and road works project that we undertook following a flood event in Queensland’s Burnett region.

Find out how we can help you on your next project by calling us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

Client Case Study | Monto Bridge Replacement and Road Work

The Monto Mount Perry Road bridge was washed away during floods in 2015 and, due to our experience and reputation, QSS were tasked to assist with the construction of a new bridge.

Our client was a large civil construction company that we have been working alongside since 2011. They engaged us on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads to complete the project.

Type of work required: Burnett River Bridge replacement and upgrade of approaches on Monto.

Surveying works carried out: Set out for realignment of road and multi-span bridge.

What was involved: QSS worked on this project for the duration of approximately 12 months. Our employees stayed in the local town of Monto as our services were required for days at a time.

Project outcome: Communication was of high importance on this project due to the distances that needed to be covered. Our surveyor would often gain a scope of works from the Project Manager and then proceed to work autonomously kilometres away from anyone else for hours at a time.

Documentation: Upon completion of the project, QSS completed and supplied our client with as-constructed plans – an engineering drawing detailing exactly how an asset or facility was constructed. Designs are sometimes modified during a project and if this happens the original design drawings are not a true representation of the final layout of the asset or facility. An as-constructed drawing considers any in-project changes, it is a true representation of what was built.

Why Choose Queensland Surveying Solutions?

  • We have the experience and professionalism you would expect from a large firm with the individual care and commitment you expect from a smaller company.
  • We provide the highest quality and attention to detail in every project. 
  • We use the latest technology and are at the leading edge in professional development within our practice.
  • Our offices are located both in Brisbane (Head Office) and the Gold Coast, servicing all areas throughout Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Moreton/Redland Bay Council areas.
  • We want to be a part of helping you find creative, accurate and cost efficient solutions to meet your objectives, visions and goals.

Bridge and Road Works Surveyor

Let Queensland Surveying Solutions be your choice as your bridge and road works surveyor. To talk to us about your project, please call us on 07 3325 0927 or send us an online message here.

At Queensland Surveying Solutions we are a surveying consultancy with years of experience providing support and surveying services in civil, construction, cadastral, mining and engineering industries.

We’re committed to delivering accurate and comprehensive construction surveysdevelopment surveys and property surveys at a reasonable cost, with upfront quotes.

They key to our success is an absolute commitment to the success of our staff as individuals and the projects of our clients.

We’ve helped ensure the accuracy for countless building projects across South East Queensland. To get in touch about how we can help with your next surveying project, call us on 07 3325 0927 or enquire online here.

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Monto Mount Perry Rd – Bridge Survey

As our name suggests, Queensland Surveying Solutions services areas throughout all parts of Queensland. Here we are on the Monto Mount Perry Rd assisting with the construction of a new bridge.

When constructing a bridge, the information provided by the surveyor plays an integral role in the process. It ensures that engineers and construction personnel alike are aware of how the project is advancing and provides an opportunity for corrections to be made if needed. The surveyors role is to assist in ensuring that the design/structural requirement’s are being met. Bridges require highly detailed survey work, therefore a thorough understanding of what survey information is required for structures of these types is extremely important. QSS employees are fully equipped with the relevant knowledge to complete projects such as bridges with confidence.

 


 

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Contour and Detail Surveys

Did you know what one of the very first steps are before building your new home or adding on an extension? It’s a contour and detail survey!

A contour and detail survey is essential in this process. Typically, it provides the location and levels of existing areas by surveying at ground level, underground and above ground (services). It takes in features including trees, footpaths and other key surroundings/structures within your land parcel. It also includes some detail on an adjoining property if required. The amount of detail provided depends on the scope provided by your architect and what your project entails.

Data gained by the surveyor is used to produce a detailed plan which is essential in providing accurate information for designers/architects. It assists them in generating the best design possible for your site and making it compliant with local councils. It also protects you against future implications in regards to flooding.

Other surveys you may require:

  • Boundary Identification Survey
  • Building Set Out Survey – Includes form 16

Get it right the first time; call QSS before your next project! (07) 3325 0927

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Building a house? Putting on an extension?

Did you know that surveyors play an integral role in preparing for many types of construction work?

If you are building a home, erecting a carport or adding an extension, you will require a qualified surveyor to ‘set out’ your project. A set out survey is basically just transferring an architectural/design drawing onto the land. The process ensures that your build complies with the original plan. It also allows the builder to use the markers provided to ensure accuracy of the building and its dimensions.

Having a set out completed by a qualified surveyor guarantees that the construction is within relevant property boundaries.

For assistance with council approvals, a surveyor’s certificate also known as a Form 16 is provided to show that the construction has been set out in the correct position in relation to the property boundaries.

Get it right the first time and call QSS now for a quote or any advice you may need on your next build!

 

 

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