Measured Building Surveys

All our measured building surveys are carried out on a fully controlled basis both inside and out using a reflectorless total station theodolite. This allows for a far more accurate survey than when using a laser distance meter or tape measure alone, Taped measurements and field book sketches are used to fill in small details that cant be accessed by the theodolite. The resulting floor plans show floor and ceiling levels, window sill and head heights, overhead structural beams etc with elevations all relating to a site datum.. Digital photography is utilised for building facades which, combined with image rectification software, can achieve a very high degree of elevation detail if required. The information is presented as a .dwg CAD file with a carefully structured layering system that groups all the elements of the survey in a logical order making it easy for the end user to access and control the data when doing design work.

Before undertaking a measured building survey the client is consulted to establish the final use of the survey and the required level of detail. This ensures that the survey is completed economically and that the client only pays for work that is required for their project.

Measured building surveys typically result in the production of floor plans and external elevations, but can also be used to produce cross sections, internal elevations, internal and external roof plans. They are an investment that will pay dividends in smoother workflows, less mistakes and give confidence that the design process will result in an easily managed project. Please click on the images below for an enlarged view.

We generally undertake this type of work in the Southwest of England, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset but have undertaken surveys further afield in Bristol and South Wales.

Grade 2* listed house elevation in Cornwall
Grade 2* listed house elevation in Cornwall

Types of Building

We cover a wide range of different types of building and have successfully completed over 500 of this type of survey to date that include:

  • Modern Bungalows
  • Offices
  • Mid terrace houses
  • Chalets
  • Estate Houses
  • Manor Houses
  • Farmhouses
  • Barns
  • Derelict buildings
  • Churches
  • Church Towers
  • Industrial and Commercial buildings
  • Listed buildings
  • Village Halls
  • Public Monuments

Uses for a Measured Building Survey

  • Domestic house extensions
  • Building change of use design
  • Planning applications
  • Listed building consent
  • Structural alterations
  • Historic building conservation
  • Floor working space optimisation
Surveying a roof in Tavistock, Devon
Surveying a roof is always tricky! Tavistock, Devon
St Eustachius Church, Tavistock, Devon
Church floor plan, Cornwall
Industrial unit elevation