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The term building survey can mean different things to different people. Below is a partial list of how different professionals may use the term.
Def.: The act of field measuring an existing building, in order to create a drawing of it.
This type of building survey is typically simple and created from measurements taken with a hand held laser distance measuring device and hand held tape measure.
Building surveying of this type is basically a trade. Therefore it could be performed by someone who has the understanding of what would need to be documented, and who has the skill to accomplish it. Such qualifications often times come through working in the AEC industry.
Def.: The process of documenting the nation's historic architectural, engineering and landscape features.
The preservation program HABS (Historic American Building Survey) uses the term in the manner above.
Def.: The act of field measuring a building by employing the techniques and standards of a licensed Surveyor, in order to create a signed and sealed drawing of it.
A building survey of this type may require the use of surveying equipment such as a level, theodolite, total station, and tripod. Conversely, to reiterate, the field work for a building survey of the first type would simply consist of taking measurements of a building using a hand held laser distance measuring device and a hand held tape measure.
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