What Are Building Surveys and Who Should Take Care of the Surveys?
Mont Albert North
A career within the land and building surveying sector can be quite lucrative. As a surveyor your role will be to oversee the development and design of land and new buildings. You will also be called in to maintain and restore existing developments. The role of a Land and building surveyor means you will need to be able to cover a wide range of properties and developments at various stages of construction and development.
To embark on a career in land and building surveying, you will need to undertake a four year degree program in surveying technology, or on site surveying. Prior to starting the degree, or during the degree, you will normally choose if you wish to work within the land surveying sector, or the building surveying sector. The degree program will cover areas such as applied mathematics, physics, science, computing, engineering, management and law. You will most likely also cover areas such as surveying and information systems, cadastral studies, and geodesy. You will also be expected to attend field excursions and survey camps, where you will record data using a variety of devices. On your return from the excursions and camps, you will be required to accurately log the data into a computer software program. The computer can then map out the area in two and three dimensions. Following graduation you will generally be expected to undertake an internship program, in order to gain more experience, after which you can apply for better paid positions.
The role of a building surveyor
As a building surveyor you will be expected to interpret building laws, and check if building plans comply with local building regulations. Your job role will include interacting with architects, builders (including cranetechs) and engineers, in order to ensure buildings are designed and constructed within building legislation law and technical codes. You should be able to accurately diagnose any possible design issues, or problematic construction materials or techniques, such as cranes (including truck mounted & marine cranes). You will also be expected to survey the building at various stages during its development, from its foundation stage through to its completion.
Surveying can cover many areas such as land, minerals, construction projects, antiques, houses and others. Hence, it is a profession, which encompasses many areas. When a person is interested to work as a chartered surveyor, he must possess some skills in common. Chartered surveyors can easily find employment in several fields.
Chartered building surveyors are those who offer advice on the construction and design of new buildings and the remodeling and redesign of old buildings. They may also be required to assess safety and health requirements and be engaged in the improvement and maintenance of buildings.
There are other kinds of surveyors also such as residential property surveyors who offer advice on development and sale of houses or apartments. Construction surveyors are engaged in the development of construction projects such as new houses or dams. Management and assessment of costs pertaining to building projects comes under the work area of the Quantity surveyors.
Environmental surveyors have to make sure that the specifications for construction and design does not affect the environment. They can also work towards making improvements towards energy conservation. Those who suggest ways and means to make optimal use of machinery and plants in an industry are called the technical surveyors. Land ready for redevelopment is reported after assessment by the geomatics or land surveyors. Mining and Minerals surveyors offer valuation services related to the development of mines, waste management sites, quarries etc.
As far as employers in the private sector are concerned, jobs are provided by property companies, construction companies, consultancies, large firms, estate agencies, housing associations, etc. Universities, hospital trusts, government departments and local authorities are some of the employers in the public sector. You can find jobs advertised in the website of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Property Week, Surveyor, Estates Gazette etc.
You must become a member of the RICS, a professional body in order to become a chartered surveyor. For this, you must have a degree approved by the RICS. Once a person completes the RICS-accredited course, he/she has to become fully qualified by gaining more experience.
Chartered building surveyors have excellent prospects for career advancement. Surveyors can with a few years of experience progress to the senior managerial level. Surveyors can also become self-employed. There are excellent work opportunities for surveyors abroad.
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Building surveys come in lots of different shapes and sizes and as you would expect come with different price tags, reflecting the amount of work and detail involved as well as the qualifications of the person undertaking the survey. This article focuses on the types of survey, rather than who undertakes them although the latter is equally, if not more important if it is to be money well spent.
Surveys tend to fall into four main types, but many practitioners will tailor their reports to suit their own style of writing and incorporate what they feel are the most important aspects. The exception to this is the RICS Homebuyer report that has pre-determined headings and a set format, although even that can be embellished a little if the writer so chooses. In my view the most important aspect of a survey is; does it give the level of information and detail that a purchaser is expecting and looking for? Some will and some won't!
Specific Survey - Sometimes, a previous 'bad' experience or personal knowledge of the type of property or locality will give a buyer concern over one or more particular elements of the building. In these circumstances a report can be submitted which deals specifically with that/those parts.
I would advise that if you are planning on appointing a surveyor to undertake a survey on your behalf, you discuss your requirements in detail with them to ensure that you are offered the survey that best suits your needs.
Team Building Question:
I'm a manager of a team of 20 people and here is my question. At this year's survey, the results show that my team members don't think their colleagues (from my section and from other sections) often act on their own initiative. I would like to know what are the best ways to encourage team members to take initiative. Also, are you aware of any road blocks that would prevent employees to take initiative ?
Open (and often) communication with your team will help you identify what may be causing this type of survey response.