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Measured Surveys

Precision 3D Scanning and CAD Drawings for Your Buildings

THS Concepts offers in-depth as-built measured building surveys. Our team provides architects and construction professionals with highly accurate and detailed CAD drawings for all their design needs.

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Introduction to Measured Building Surveys

At THS Concepts, we specialise in providing precise and comprehensive measured surveys for a wide range of projects, from intimate residential properties to expansive commercial developments. We collaborate closely with architects, engineers, and designers to ensure that their designs are accurate, well-planned, and cost-effective.

Our experienced team utilises the latest 3D laser scanning technology to deliver accurate results for any project, regardless of size. We pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to quality.

We have helped on numerous projects within the UK and internationally, including:

Measured survey outside of St Paul's Cathedral.
3D laser scanning at Barbican Station in London
Measured survey with a total station at Dover

Benefits of 3D Getting A Measured Survey

Accuracy & Precision

Measured building surveys provide highly detailed and accurate data about the existing conditions of a property. This precision is crucial for architectural planning, ensuring that designs are based on exact measurements and reducing the risk of errors during construction.

Efficiency and Speed

Conducting a measured building survey before construction rapidly captures comprehensive data, saving significant time compared to traditional methods. This efficiency helps streamline the planning process, minimises delays, and facilitates faster decision-making.

Cost-Effectiveness

By providing accurate and detailed information upfront, measured building surveys reduce the likelihood of costly mistakes and rework during construction. This proactive approach leads to substantial cost savings and more efficient resource allocation throughout the project.

Our Measured Building Survey Process

Initial Consultation / Quote

In response to your enquiry, we need to discuss your specific requirements, including the areas to survey and the necessary outputs (e.g., BIM model, plans, elevations). After this discussion, we will provide a fixed price quotation for the work.

On-Site Survey Work

Our surveyors will visit your site to conduct a comprehensive 3D laser scan using the latest Faro technology. We will meticulously navigate the building to capture all the details discussed during the quotation stage.

Data Processing

Once the on-site work is completed, we return to the office to process and register the data. Our goal is to produce a fully registered point cloud file.

Deliverables

Once the point cloud file is complete, we can begin producing the elements you require, such as a BIM model, 2D drawings and plans, mesh models, and more.

THS Concepts logo behind a total station tripod
Surveyor using CAD in an office.
Surveying a mini prism with a total station.

What Our Measured Surveys Provide

Following your measured building survey, we can provide a range of different 2D, 3D and BIM outputs including:

Floor Plans

A floor plan is a two-dimensional layout of a room or building, showing the relationships between rooms, spaces, and other physical features at one level of the structure.

It typically includes dimensions and labels for doors, windows, walls, and fixed objects, as well as furniture and appliances.

Elevations

An elevation drawing shows a 2D representation of a building viewed from the front, rear, or side, with details on its vertical features. These drawings are often used with floor plans and sections to show a complete representation of the building.

Sections

A section drawing is a drawing that shows a slice through an object, illustrating its internal features and arrangement. It is used in engineering, architecture, and construction.

Roof Plan

A roof plan is a specialised architectural drawing that provides an overhead view of a building’s roof structure. It typically includes details such as the roof’s pitch, material, and features like chimneys and vents, as well as drainage systems.

Site Plan

A site plan provides an aerial view of the entire property, including the building, landscaping, and any external features like driveways or garden paths. It’s essential for understanding the layout of the property, and is often required for planning permission.

Loft Plan

A loft plan is a detailed architectural drawing that focuses on the layout and features of a loft space within a building. It often includes dimensions, structural elements, and any specific design features like skylights or storage areas. Loft plans are particularly useful for conversions or renovations.

Street Scene Elevations

These drawings provide a view of how the building will look from the street level, often in the context of neighbouring buildings. They are particularly important for understanding the visual impact of a new building or renovation on its surrounding environment.

Internal Wall Elevations

These are vertical drawings that show the details of internal walls within a building. They can include the placement of windows, doors, built-in features, and sometimes even furniture. These drawings are crucial for interior design and renovation projects.

Point Cloud File

A point cloud is a collection of data points in space produced by 3D scanning technologies to create detailed models of physical environments; for a more detailed description, visit this link.

Site Photographs

During our visit to your property, we capture a series of photographs to assist us in the CAD drawing process. These images not only facilitate our work but can also be invaluable to you.

We offer to share this photo folder with you, which could serve multiple purposes. It can be a useful resource for future reference or even act as a compelling before-and-after record of your property.

For tips on how to effectively use photographs in your design projects, you may refer to this ArchDaily article.

3D laser scanning in the Alps, France overlooking the mountains.
3D laser scanning outside of a house in London.
An example measured survey elevation drawing.

Why Choose THS Concepts For Measured Building Surveys?

Full TSA Member

THS Concepts are an accredited member of The Survey Association body.

UK Wide Service

We operate across the United Kingdom and internationally.

Years Of Experience

THS Concepts was formed over 10 years ago in 2013.

Fully Insured

£1 million in liability cover, employers and public liability.

Excellent Service

5 Star / excellent reviews on both Trustpilot & Google Reviews

FAQ's

A measured building survey is a thorough and precise examination of a building’s size, features, and overall condition. This process typically requires a surveyor to visit the building and use specialized tools like lasers or total stations to gather detailed information about the building’s layout, features, and state.

Based on the data collected, the surveyor will create detailed plans and drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and other views of the building.

Measured building surveys are conducted for a variety of reasons, including designing renovations or extensions, obtaining building regulations / planning applications, or simply gaining a better understanding of the building’s layout and condition.

For a more comprehensive guide to measured building surveys, please refer to our detailed article here.

Our survey service is designed to capture a diverse range of elements, depending on your specific requirements.

For more complex assignments, we extend our survey to include additional elements such as radiators, electrical outlets, lighting positions, and more.

If you require further guidance on what to include in your survey, RICS offers a comprehensive document titled ‘Measured Surveys of Land, Buildings and Utilities

The cost of a measured building survey in London can vary depending on several factors, including the property’s size, its location within the city, and the level of detail needed. For a typical 3-bedroom house, you can expect costs to range from £1000 to £2000, based on the specific requirements of the project. For a more in-depth look at pricing and factors that influence it, please check out our detailed article on measured survey costs.

The cost of a measured building survey depends on a number of factors such as the size of the property, the location and the level of detail required. A typical cost for the average architect’s requirements on a 3-bedroom house will be between £1000 and £2000.

We have written an article on how much you can expect to pay for a measured survey.

A measured building survey is a critical step for architects, engineers, and construction professionals to begin their projects accurately. By precisely surveying the required area and producing accurate CAD drawings, the survey forms the basis of the design proposals. Without a quality survey, design and build issues may arise.

This type of survey is detailed and involves taking precise measurements of a building’s dimensions, including the size, location, and shape of all features and components. A measured dimensional survey offers several benefits, such as providing accurate and detailed plans of a building’s layout and features for purposes like designing renovations or extensions, preparing building regulations applications, or simply understanding the layout of a building.

Moreover, a measured dimensional survey can be instrumental in planning construction projects, meeting legal requirements or lender requirements for mortgage applications, or determining a property’s value by providing a detailed and accurate assessment of its features and dimensions.

In summary, a measured dimensional survey is an indispensable tool for anyone seeking to understand a building’s dimensions and layout, especially for those planning renovations, extensions, or other building work.

We undertake measured building surveys in the counties surrounding our offices. These include:

  • London
  • Essex
  • Kent
  • Hertfordshire
  • Sussex
  • Surrey
  • Buckinghamshire

However, we have been much further afield within the UK and internationally. We have undertaken surveying work as far away as Liberia in West Africa.

If you would like a quote for a project, then please get in touch.

We utilise Autodesk’s industry-leading AutoCAD software to craft your CAD floor plans, sections, elevations and more.

Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned our drawing package to maximise efficiency, enabling our clients to seamlessly integrate, manipulate, and expedite their design projects.

Key Features Of Our Drawings:

  • Through the use of layers, we organise the drawing meticulously, incorporating helpful colour coding, line types, and line weights for ease of use.
  • We avoid cluttering the drawings with extraneous information, making them more straightforward and easier to comprehend.
  • Upon request, we can align the drawings to Ordnance Survey grids, simplifying the integration of additional mapping data.
  • Each drawing undergoes rigorous quality checks before dispatch to eliminate any elements that could lead to confusion.
  • We provide scaled PDF copies, facilitating printing and markup for those who may not have access to AutoCAD.

For more information on CAD standards, you may refer to CAD Standards.

To measure a building, we use a range of high-tech equipment. The primary piece of equipment is a 3D laser scanning device which scans over 100,000 points per second. The 3D scanner surveys an extremely detailed picture of a building, allowing us to present the drawings in a very accurate, precise and detailed manner.

We use a range of other equipment depending on the complexity of the job. From the more complex total stations and GPS equipment to laser measures and measuring tapes.

When in the office we use a variety of software packages to process the information. For our point cloud data we use a program called Faro Scene which helps clean up and register point cloud files together. We use Autodesk AutoCAD for our CAD work.

This obviously depends on the size and the scope of the project. Typically, we will be able to get to your site within 10 days and drawings are usually issued within 7 days of the final day on site.

Absolutely, we can liaise with your design team directly or even discuss what you may require for your project. We have undertaken 100’s of measured survey projects so know what is usually required depending on what you are looking to build.

Yes. The land around your building is often very important when planning a project. We can undertake topographical land surveys to pick up all the detail you require.

Our measured building surveyors provide you with accurate, easy to manipulate measured building survey information to help you design your projects more effectively. You can rely on the information we provide, which is undertaken to RICS (Royal Institute Of Chartered Surveyors) standards.

Our clients receive great service from us, which is reflected in our 5 star reviews on Google and Trustpilot. We ensure you are happy before, during and well after the project has ended.

As a professional surveying company, we carry all the relevant insurance to give our clients confidence in what we produce. We offer a money-back guarantee on all our work and have £5 million in both professional and public liability insurance.

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An elevation extracted from a 3D point cloud file.

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