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.
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
- 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?
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.
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.