Measured Survey Process

When you hear the term ‘measured building survey’, what comes to mind? For many, this may be a new or unfamiliar phrase. However, at Michael Gallie, this is our specialisation. We’re here to unravel the intricacies of measured building surveys and explain how they can benefit you.


What is a Measured Building Survey?

A measured building survey is a process of creating accurate drawings of a building, including its dimensions, features, and finishes. The survey is typically carried out by a surveyor and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Planning renovations or alterations
  • Preparing for a sale or lease
  • Complying with building regulations
  • Determining the value of a property
  • Analysing structural defects


The Process

The measured building survey process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Access and risk assessment

The surveyor will need to gain access to all areas of the building that need to be surveyed. This may involve coordinating with the property owner or tenant to arrange access. The surveyor will also need to conduct a risk assessment to identify any potential hazards that may need to be addressed during the survey.

  1. Survey control

The surveyor will establish a survey control framework to ensure that the measurements taken are accurate. This may involve setting up benchmarks or using a total station.

  1. Laser scanning

The surveyor will use a laser scanner to capture a 3D image of the building. This will allow the surveyor to create a detailed point cloud of the building, which can then be used to create accurate drawings.

  1. Data processing

The laser scan data will need to be processed using specialised software. This process will involve removing noise and errors from the data, and then aligning the data to create a cohesive point cloud.

  1. Drawing production

The point cloud data can then be used to create 2D or 3D drawings of the building. The level of detail in the drawings will depend on the specific needs of the project.

  1. Client delivery

The final drawings will be delivered to the client in a format that is agreed upon. This may be a hard copy, a digital file, or both.


A measured building survey can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it is essential for ensuring that accurate drawings of a building are created. The process can be made more efficient by using modern technology, such as laser scanning.


Benefits of a Measured Building Survey by Michael Gallie

  • Accuracy: Our trained professionals ensure that every detail is accounted for, ensuring that architects, designers, and builders have all the necessary information.
  • Value Addition: A detailed survey can enhance the property’s worth, especially if you’re considering selling or leasing.
  • Problem Detection: Spotting issues early can lead to substantial savings, as it’s cheaper to remedy problems at their inception than after they’ve been exacerbated.


The Michael Gallie Approach

Our dedication to ensuring accurate and detailed results is what sets us apart. We utilise advanced technological tools, combined with years of expertise, to deliver unparalleled survey results to our clients.



1. What is the main purpose of a measured building survey?

It provides a detailed and accurate representation of a building’s structure and features, essential for various architectural, design, and construction tasks.

2. How long does a typical survey by Michael Gallie take?

The duration of the survey depends on the size and complexity of the building. However, our team always strives to work efficiently without compromising on accuracy.

3. What kind of tools does Michael Gallie use for these surveys?

We employ the latest surveying technology, ensuring our measurements are accurate and reliable.

4. Can a measured building survey identify structural problems?

Absolutely! One of the key benefits of this survey is its ability to detect potential issues early on, preventing costly future repairs.

5. Why should I choose Michael Gallie for my surveying needs?

Our team is renowned for its attention to detail, professionalism, and use of advanced tools. Our reputation in the industry is a testament to our commitment to excellence.