Measured Building Survey Checklist by Michael Gallie & Partners

A measured building survey is a detailed and accurate representation of a building’s structure, including floor plans, sections, and elevations. As with other types of surveys, a significant portion of the work is done before the surveyor even sets foot on the property in order to determine its purpose and create a bespoke measured building survey checklist that meets the client’s specific needs.

Although a successful measured building survey largely depends on its purpose, which is why it is vital to work closely with the client to understand their specific requirements, there are some general guidelines that can be followed to ensure a comprehensive and accurate survey is carried out. This article will cover some of the key items that should be included in a measured building survey checklist. However, this measured building survey checklist is by no means exhaustive, as the specific requirements for each survey will vary depending on the purpose of the survey and the unique characteristics of the building.

The Measured Building Survey Checklist by Michael Gallie & Partners

A successful measured building survey is a meticulous process, one that requires both accuracy and understanding. At Michael Gallie & Partners, we have developed a comprehensive measured building survey checklist that ensures thoroughness at every stage. Here’s a look at our process:

1. Initial Steps

The first step in our process involves a thorough consultation with our clients to fully understand their specific needs and the scope of their projects. This initial discussion is crucial for tailoring our measured building survey checklist to align with the project objectives, whether it’s for renovation, property development, or historic preservation.

2. Site Preparation

Prior to conducting the survey, our team ensures that all necessary safety measures are in place and that there is clear access to all areas of the property. A preliminary assessment is also conducted to identify potential challenges or special conditions that might affect the survey process

3. Documentation Required Before the Survey

Gathering existing documentation such as previous plans, property history, and any related architectural or engineering drawings is an essential step. This information provides a foundation for our survey, helping to identify areas that require special attention.

4. External Survey

The external survey captures detailed information on building elevations, boundary details, and all external features. This part of the checklist ensures that the buildings exterior is documented with accurate, including materials, finishes, and architectural details.

5. Internal Survey

Internally, we meticulously measure room dimensions and structural elements and note all internal features. This includes the location and size of windows, doors, and fixed furniture, as well as any unique architectural details

6. Special Considerations

Our surveys are sensitive to the special considerations that may affect a building. This includes heritage constraints, adherence to planning regulations, and any bespoke requirements specified by our clients. Our expertise ensures that these factors are carefully integrated into our survey process.

7. Post-Survey Process

  • Data Processing and CAD Drafting: Our post-survey process involves converting the raw data collected into actionable plans, using CAD software to draft accurate plans, sections, and elevations.
  • Quality Assurance: Every survey undergoes a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the survey data.
  • Delivery of Final Documents: The culmination of our measured building survey process is the delivery of comprehensive final documents, including detailed plans, sections, elevations, and 3D models, tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

Our measured building survey checklist is the backbone of our commitment to delivering surveys of the highest accuracy and quality. This meticulous approach ensures that our clients receive the detailed information they require to make informed decisions about their properties, supported by the expertise and accuracy that have become the hallmark of our practice.

Why Choose Michael Gallie & Partners

Our extensive experience in measured building surveys is matched by our commitment to accuracy. Our team is adept at navigating complex projects and employs the latest technology to deliver accurate results.

Understanding that each project has its unique demands, we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. Whether its a historic building, a commercial property, or a residential development, we adapt our measured building survey checklist to ensure comprehensive coverage.

At Michael Gallie & Partners, we are committed to staying abreast of these emerging trends, continually refining our services to ensure we offer our clients the most advanced and efficient solutions for their design and construction needs. If you’re looking for a partner at the forefront of BIM technology and trends, look no further than Michael Gallie & Partners. We invite you to leverage our expertise to meet your BIM needs and drive your construction projects towards success. Contact us for more information.



  1. What is a measured building survey?

A measured building survey is a comprehensive documentation of a building’s physical characteristics, including detailed measurements of floor plans, elevations, and sections. It provides an accurate representation of the building, essential for renovation, planning, and design purposes.

  1. Why do I need a measured building survey?

A measured building survey is crucial for anyone looking to undertake construction, renovation, or extension projects. It ensures that all planning is based on accurate and detailed information about the existing structure, minimising the risk of costly mistakes and delays.

  1. What items are included in a measured building survey checklist?

A measured building survey checklist typically includes detailed measurements of all aspects of the building, such as floor plans, elevations, sections, and room dimensions. It also covers structural elements, architectural details, and the location of windows, doors, and fixed furniture. Additionally, the checklist may include land use analysis, topographical features, and any special considerations such as heritage constraints. At Michael Gallie & Partners, we tailor our checklist to meet the specific requirements of each project, ensuring a comprehensive and accurate survey outcome.