When to Call a Construction Surveyor for a New Construction Project

A construction surveyor is like a land surveyor, but he or she specifically surveys land for the purpose of new construction or renovation. Land surveyors may tell you the boundaries of land and if there are easements or other considerations, but they may not be able to create blueprints for construction or note how your construction plans need to work around those certain natural features.

Using a construction surveyor can be very helpful when you're planning a new construction project. You may wonder why you would use a construction surveyor in addition to a general contractor or construction company for your plans. Note when their services can be helpful and when they should be hired.

1. When your land has many natural features to work around

If you are building a new home, store, or office building on a flat plot of land that has already been cleared and compacted, you may not need to call on a construction surveyor. However, construction surveyors can help if you want to build around features like:

  • Ponds
  • Streams
  • Canals
  • Large trees
  • Areas of protected brush

They will be able to survey the land surrounding these natural features and work with the contractor to ensure that your construction plans leave the area undisturbed as much as possible.

They'll also determine if the surrounding area can support your construction project or if you need to make changes. For example, building near a water feature may mean building on very moist or soft soil. Your building's foundation may need underpinning for added support.

2. When you need to bring in plumbing and other utilities

If your intended plot of land doesn't already have plumbing pipes, electrical wires, and other such utility hookups, you'll benefit from working with a construction surveyor. This professional can note where and how pipes, wires, cables, and other features can be buried underground without disturbing the land. Your construction surveyor may also need to work with your contractor to note how these things should be worked around obstacles like tree roots, underground wells, and the like.

In addition, construction surveyors survey the land to note if there is risk of too much moisture putting pressure on plumbing pipes and if an underground retaining wall should be built to protect your fixtures. Unless your parcel of land is already plumbed and equipped for utilities, work with a construction surveyor before bringing these features to your land.

For more information, contact companies like Transit Technical Services.


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