What Is A Building Set Out Survey?

A Building Set-Out survey involves transferring building designs accurately from a set of plans onto the land for building and development to take place. It’s essentially a to-scale map drawn out on the ground to indicate where things should go. This ensures builders can follow the design while constructing. This survey is highly important when preparing for a construction jobs to ensure there are no errors made in building element placements. The set-out process involves licensed land surveyors physically transferring dimensions of different building elements, like walls, lifts, pillars and key building markets etc. onto the ground where the construction is being undertaken. Having a surveyor complete a building set out helps all contractors involved in the development see a clear guide of where the building is taking place before the project commences.

Why Are They Important?

They assist builders in minimizing the risk of legal disputes arising as building set outs provide a visual representation of the legal boundaries and requirements they must work within.

A set out survey also allows construction workers to build exactly to the plan. Therefore, not only are they a helpful reference for the workers, but they are more importantly a lawful guideline. Disputes could include issues regarding property boundaries or rights of access.

Building set outs place structures in their correct, relative, and absolute position; meaning the structure must be correct to size, in its relative location and at its precise level. They must also be carried out rapidly in an efficient manner without compromising on standards in order to minimize construction costs and delay of projects.

Who Needs A Building Set Out And When Is It Done?

It is a necessary process when building any structure, ranging from small houses to large commerical high rises. Building set outs are also required when constructing a road, tunnel or bridge. It does not necessarily have to be a new structure, the set outs are also essential when adding an extension to a pre-existing structure. This process is completed prior to any construction taking place as it marks the positions of all critical walls, frames and features.