Measured Building Surveys

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  • Delivering Accurate Results Since 1997

What is a Measured Building Survey?

A measured building survey is a highly detailed digital version of your building. Involving a total scan followed by complex data processing, a measured building survey can be delivered as CAD drawings or a 3D model in a Building Information Modelling (BIM) format, such as Revit. Our measured building surveys will help you avoid costly mistakes by always giving you an accurate understanding of your building.

3D Survey delivered in Revit

Measured Building 3D Survey in Revit

We have been providing BIM measured building surveys as Revit models for many of the UK's leading architects since 2007, making us one of the leading Scan to BIM providers.

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Example floor plan in CAD drawing

Measured Building Survey in CAD

When you choose our measured building surveys, you can be confident basing your design work on precise CAD survey drawings showing floor plans, elevations and sections.

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Measured Survey of a house in Revit

Measured Building Survey for House Alterations

Your house alteration can go wrong if you don't have an accurate measured building survey. We conduct an accurate laser scan survey, providing CAD drawings or a 3D model so your new designs always work.

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Why Choose Us?

At Bury Associates, we specialise in providing the highest quality of measured building surveys. From quote to completion, we offer a fast turnaround that ensures you meet deadlines with ease, while our excellent customer service team keeps you informed along every step of the process. Despite using the most innovative technology, we offer competitive pricing that will allow you to plan your project effectively without compromising on budget.

Making Surveys Work For You

Having worked with architects since 1997, we understand the multiplicity of software used in project planning. As such, we offer our measured building surveys in a wide variety of formats. From detailed floor plans, elevations, and sections drawn in 2D CAD, to 3D models in Revit, SketchUp, or AutoCAD, our surveyors will output your survey to your exact specifications. For architects working in the ArchiCAD or Vectorworks BIM environments, we provide IFC exports, so you never have to worry whether your survey will be compatible with your chosen software.

What can be included in a Measured Building Survey?

Typically, a measured building survey includes elements like floor plans, elevations, and sections.

  • Floor plans show the layout of each level of the building, featuring details like windows, doors, stairs, and the positions and sizes of walls.
  • We term elevations as the external and internal views of a building, including their facades, materials, and heights.
  • Sections constitute cross-sections of the building that reveal the structure's profile, showing information about floor and ceiling heights as well as structural elements like beams and columns.
  • For heritage surveys, capturing ornamental details like mouldings and carvings is also important, as this enables developers to understand and respect the building's historical character.

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How is a Measured Building Survey carried out?

First, the surveyor travels to the site and uses specialist equipment to gather all the important information about the building. Once the data has been collected and returned to the office, skilled technicians set to work producing a detailed digitisation of the structure in question, outputting their product to the specifications of the client.

What technology is used in a Measured Building Survey?

Laser scanners, total stations, and drones are the mainstays of a surveyor's toolkit. Each of these instruments uses specific technology to help the surveyor capture even the finest details about a building. A total station optimises angle measurements, perfect for recording precise coordinates. Laser scanners use Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) to record precise distances between elements. Lastly, a drone employs photogrammetry to obtain data on remote elements of a building. The most advanced models of survey equipment combine these technologies to acquire the most accurate data possible.

At Bury Associates, we stay updated with the latest innovations in surveying equipment and technology, so that we can continue to deliver the most accurate and detailed surveys for our clients.

What does the office work involve?

Once all the measurements have been taken, skilled technicians begin processing the raw data, which is then transformed into detailed drawings using CAD software. If required, we'll also create a 3D model in a BIM-friendly format like Revit and IFC.

The measured building survey is then delivered to the client, who may request revisions or additional details, with the surveyor providing updates accordingly.

What are Measured Building Surveys used for?

There are a variety of situations where measured buildings surveys are required.

  • Firstly, renovation and refurbishment projects must be planned in consideration of the existing structure. Not only does this ensure that the new elements fit properly, but that the design aligns with the building's structural limits. When planning on extending a building, a measured building survey should be conducted to ensure that the proposed design respects boundary limits and building regulations. At Bury Associates, we have seen many cases where a client has requested we survey boundaries to show an encroachment by their neighbour!
  • For heritage buildings, measured building surveys are essential to document the current state of the structure in great detail. This is to help restoration projects maintain historical accuracy. What is more, older structures particularly benefit from the non-invasive techniques used in a heritage survey. This is because the modern use of lasers eliminates the chance of accidental damage to the structure.
  • Measured building surveys are also vital for interior design purposes. For a design to work well within the space, careful consideration must be taken of the property's internal dimensions, such as the positions and sizes of doors.

Many professionals involved at various stages of the construction process require our services. At Bury Associates, our measured building surveys have helped architects, engineers, and conservationists bring designs to life since 1997.

Why would I need a Measured Building Survey?

It is wise to commission a measured building survey if you are planning on redeveloping or extending a property. Acquiring a set of accurate measurements helps to keep costs down by avoiding unforeseen complications, such as unwittingly ordering the wrong size materials, only to realise when they are due to be fitted.

A seamless construction project can be planned only with a strong foundation of prior knowledge about the building. That way, developers can conduct risk assessments, identify potential issues, and streamline the process as much as possible.

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How long should a Measured Building Survey take?

A measured building survey's duration depends on several factors, including:

  • the site location
  • the size and complexity of the building
  • the level of detail specified by the client
  • the deliverables requested

Obtaining a free quote will give you the best idea of survey timings. We will inform you of the lead time, which is the length of time before a surveyor can visit the site. At Bury Associates, we understand that deadlines can be tight, which is why we remain in constant communication with our clients. Due to our commitment to top-quality service, we can issue certain data and deliverables early if our client needs them sooner.

How much does a Measured Building Survey cost?

On average, a measured building survey costs around £500 + VAT per man-day that a project takes. For example, conducting a survey of a small commercial property may involve one day on-site, followed by three days for data-processing and drawing or modelling. This would bring the cost to around £2,000.

The deliverables specified can also affect the cost of a measured building survey. Generally, prices for 2D and 3D surveys are very similar for building of a standard construction. However, heritage buildings with ornate internal features or detailed facades tend to cost more when being delivered in 3D than in 2D.

Since costs can vary widely based on the location and complexity of the project, we advise you to request a quote to get an accurate price.


Measured Building Survey Case Studies

3D Survey delivered in Revit

Project: Scala Theatre, Worcestershire

Bury Associates were commissioned to carry out a Measured Building Survey of Scala Theatre, Worcester. In order to capture every detail, a combination of laser scanners and drones were used to enable the creation of a high detailed 3D Revit model of this former theatre and of the surrounding city centre.

Project: Blackpool Winter Gardens

Bury Associates were commission to carry out a laser scanned measured building survey of Blackpool Winter Gardens to assists in the repair and conservation of the complex. Data collected was used to produce highly detailed CAD drawings.

2D CAD drawing of Blackpool Winter Gardens
Measured House Survey of a Farm

Project: Grade II Listed Farmhouse

Bury Associates were tasked with conducting a detailed measured building survey and topographical survey of this Grade II Listed Farmhouse in the southeast of England.

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