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A measured building survey is a report that provides detailed drawings of the structure, internal and external features, and services of buildings. Measured surveys are essential for architects, builders, developers, and other professionals who need to know how to develop or renovate a property. Measured building surveys can be used in many ways including determining the suitability of an existing building for conversion; assessing the potential alternative uses; checking the structure of buildings; assessing planning applications. Other uses can be for asset managers who want to know the gross and net useable areas, or where assets are. Planners and asset managers might want a simple model to identify the volume of terrain/structures, visual lines of site, desire lines or wind modelling. The outside is generally considered a topographical survey. However, our aim is to supply a complete integrated model of the inside and outside using our integrated approach to drone mapping and ground-based mapping.

Drone survey and modelling of heritage asset - 1870s Lime Kiln

Measured building surveys can be carried out using a variety of ground survey and aerial survey equipment. These can include Terrestrial Cameras, Theodolites, Laser Scanners and GPS equipment to measure the outside and inside of a building – in finer detail with laser scanning or terrestrial photogrammetry. From the air drones, with Lidar or Photogrammetry Cameras, can survey hidden or inaccessible features and roof details that can’t be seen from the ground. See how our drone services can help with a measured building survey here or see more about how 3d modelling and digital twins can improve your measured building survey deliverables.

Terrestrial photogrammetry cut away
Survey and model of heritage asset using close range photogrammetry
heritage asset survey. Close-up view of the same structure showing the level of detail possible with photogrammetry
Close Range Terrestrial Photogrammetry of weathering on medieval hall
Measured building survey of a church showing the orthographic image of an elevation with CAD features superimposed
Measured building survey of a church showing
the orthographic image of an elevation
with CAD features superimposed
Laser scanning can collect a lot of data very quickly in a building survey
This slice of laser scan data shows the relationship of objects within and around the church

Laser scanning can collect a lot of data very quickly in measured building surveys of buildings and their surroundings. Often revealing relationships between objects that would otherwise go unnoticed on site or on a simple map or plan.

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