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Not all surveys are equal

How can you be sure of the quality of survey you are commissioning? One survey is the same as another, isn't it? Unfortunately, not. We recently became involved in a project that had had some survey work already carried out. However, it soon became clear that there were serious issues with the previous survey which LDS had to address...

(Warning: the following article contains images which may shock those concerned with accuracy and quality!)

Occasionally we are asked to carry out work on a site that has already been surveyed by another firm. This may be to update the original survey to reflect changes made, or to extend the survey by adding newly-surveyed areas to what has been done previously. When we were asked to make additions to an existing survey to fill in extra detail that had not originally been requested, it seemed on the face of things a fairly straightforward job. However, having come across surveys by the firm previously involved before, we were primed to expect some problems - what we did not expect was just how big those problems would be!

The images show the original survey (in grey) overlaid onto what was surveyed and drawn by us (in red). It very quickly became clear that no part of the previous survey could be relied upon. Unfortunately for the client, this meant that the whole project had to be re-surveyed so that architects and engineers could be issued with accurate and reliable plans to work off.

So is it possible to avoid such costly errors? Here are some tips on making sure you appoint the right surveyor:

  • Ask for recommendations. If you are working with an architect, landscape designer, solicitor, engineer, land agent or other, they will usually be able to recommend a surveyor with whom they are familiar and whose work they have had experience using.
  • Are they accredited? LDS are RICS and TSA (The Survey Association) members and are therefore committed to meeting certain standards of professionalism and competence.
  • Ask to see examples of previous work. You can find some examples on our website galleries of previous surveys we have carried out. We would be more than happy to send you further examples on request.
  • Do they have a track-record of experience in their field? At LDS we have been providing quality surveying services since 1969. We have worked all over the world on a huge variety of projects from small garden surveys to the Olympics and everything in between!

Who you choose to carry out your survey can have a huge impact on the rest of your project. Make sure you know who you are choosing.







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