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Following measured building surveys requests we initially assess the building structure in order to find the quickest and most accurate method to provide you with a cost effective solution. We have a wealth of experience of measured building surveys on varying projects from houses to schools, hospitals, retail stores, churches and heritage sites. We can provide you with remote surveying techniques for sensitive or inaccessible detail, by using laser scanning and reflectorless total stations.

The adoption of laser scanning to capture 3D data of a building or structure enables us to provide measured building surveys in 2D and 3D formats. By keeping up to date with the latest surveying technology has allowed us to expand the range of deliverables to suit your project requirements.

Our measured building surveys provide you with detailed accurate plans to the appropriate scale, quickly and efficiently in order to help you keep to tight schedules. As well as floor plans we can provide elevations, internally and externally, cross sections and reflected ceiling plans. Examples of recent measured building survey projects can be viewed on the portfolio page of our website with testimonials from our satisfied customers.

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Property Floor Plans

Property floor plans can be provided for any building from small residential to larger and more complex premises. All buildings are surveyed using Leica survey equipment, which enables us to accurately measure the internal layout. The level of information shown on floor plans depends entirely on your needs and what you wish to be shown. This can range from the basic layout of walls, windows and doors, through to all fixtures and fittings including electrical socket positions, lights and switches.


We can provide you with elevation detail using a reflectorless total station or high definition laser scanner. The amount of information shown on elevation drawings can vary from basic line work to full architectural detail. We can also provide street scene elevations, which are often now a planning requirement, and these can be done without needing access to the property.

Cross Section Drawings

Cross section drawings can be produced through any part of the measured building survey, and they normally show section information along the cut-line, the position of which can be determined by you so that the section contains all the information you require for your design purposes. Full architectural detail can be shown in elevation behind the section line, showing cornices, architraves etc.

Reflected Ceiling Plans

Reflected ceiling plans can be provided which show all ceiling detail at the same orientation as the floor plan associated with it. The amount of detail plotted on the plan is tailored to your requirements, showing ceiling features from bulkheads, soffits, tile grids and electrical fixtures to architectural detail such as mouldings and cornices. Using remote surveying techniques there is no need for our surveyors to cause disruption with ladders etc.

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    • We will work with you to tailor a specification and proposal that suits your requirements. Depending on the size and type of your project we can provide the information important to you.
    • Using modern technology we will provide you with the most cost effective solution, delivering your information quickly.
    • Using only experienced land surveyors you can be confident that our topographical surveys are drawn to the highest standard.
    • With our extensive survey experience our surveyors will provide additional information that may be vital to your successful project, such as neighbouring building heights.
    • Survey drawings are supplied in various 2D and 3D CAD formats and paper copies can be provided.
    • Should you require a topographical survey to support a BIM project we can provide you with a 3D surface model solution in Revit format.
    • Additional services that we are able to offer to support your project include measured building surveys, utility surveys and CCTV drainage surveys.

    If you have a survey requirement please get in touch by calling 01438 841300 or email enquiries@terrainsurveys.co.uk.

    For a fast response quotation use the ‘contact us’ facility and provide us with as much information as you can. When specifying the survey area it is important to provide us with a clearly marked site plan.

    Frequently asked questions:

    What are Measured Building Surveys?

    A measured building survey is an accurate representation of your building showing all the structural elements and architectural features. Floor plans are essential to give an accurate representation of the building and this is backed up with elevations and cross sections presented as a scaled survey drawings. Using our surveying equipment one of our measured building survey teams will visit the site to capture the site data and then process the information at our offices in Welwyn.

    What information is included in Measured Building Surveys?

    The amount of detail included in a measured building survey depends on your requirements, and may vary for the purposes of design, planning or feasibility. The structural elements including walls, columns and beams, being the most important, are shown on the floor plans, elevations and sections. All features such as doors, windows, services fittings are then added with floor levels, heights and descriptive text to give a clear representation. Survey drawings are normally delivered as CAD files and as scaled paper plans.

    How do I obtain a quotation for Measured Building Surveys?

    A quotation can be sought by contacting us with the details of your site with as much information as you have. This can be the site address and post code with a description of the site extents, but any existing plan information you can supply is always useful. One of our experienced measured building surveyors will then provide a proposal detailing our fee, survey scope, timescales and the deliverables.


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