What equipment will be used by building surveyors?

A building surveyor is a crucial member of any construction team. They advise architects and builders on correct procedures, ensure safety standards are met and provide guidance on tenders, contractors, and more. They are involved in all sides of property and construction, and support on a range of projects. From assisting with the construction of huge sports stadiums to helping a family of four create their dream home extension, no two days are the same in the world of building surveying

As with construction workers, building surveyors need many different types of tools and equipment to ensure they carry out their duties effectively, efficiently, and safely. From measuring equipment like specialist telescopes, to PPE like safety boots, a surveyor’s toolkit is pretty hefty. 

Here are some of the items a surveyor should bring to an onsite job. 

Measuring equipment 

Surveyors need to determine distances and angles between certain points around a building site or piece of land. Not all of this can be achieved with a standard measuring tape, so they use specialist equipment for measuring.

Measuring wheels are often used by surveyors to measure long distances quickly. Each rotation of the wheel will mark a certain distance, for example, one meter. A mechanical device which counts how many rotations are made can also be fastened to the wheel, to save the user from having to keep count manually. 

Telescopes like theodolites, which are used to accurately measure horizontal and vertical angles and dumpy levels, used for determining points in the same horizontal plane and measuring differences in height are also used in surveying. These are typically placed on a tripod for ease of movement and control. 

Equipment for assessing remote and concealed areas

Surveyors often work in remote areas, so they need a range of tools and equipment to make it easier and safer to access specific parts of the land or property. The items needed will vary depending on the work, but common tools include equipment for lifting the covers off inspection chambers, keys to access meter cupboards and hand mirrors. If working on a space which is higher than 3 meters from the floor, they’ll also need a ladder, and binoculars, particularly when working on property at high level. 

Health and safety equipment

Building sites can be dangerous, so surveyors must take precautions to protect themselves from harm. PPE (personal protective equipment) such as hi-visibility vests should be worn to ensure they are visible to others on site, particularly those operating heavy machinery. Hard hats and protective boots are also recommended to protect from falling debris and reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

Surveyors should carry a mobile phone, personal alarm and first aid kit to ensure they can reach help if they or a worker on the site are injured or in danger. They are also encouraged to keep an ID card on their person, so they can easily be identified if knocked unconscious or severely injured.