The Pillars of Successful Construction and Development Projects

Understanding the difference between an architect, surveyor, engineer is a major key to a successful construction and development project. Each job title has a specific aspect of focus on a constructional project, but some of their job responsibilities may overlap and interchange when working with an actual construction team. Architects focus more on the aesthetics and visual aspects of a project. Surveyors are there from the early start of the project using their expertise to evaluate the value and use of land and space of a project. Engineers are there for guidance in the structural and stability aspects of a construction venture.

You need an Architect when you are looking for someone to analyze the function of the building and the spaces within the building. Architects act as the project lead or lead consultant of the entire building project. Architects act as directors to the builders and the entire building team, including consultants, designers, and virtually everyone involved in the building process. An architect is basically essential to all high scale building projects. If your building project requires an analytical approach on the use of the space within the building or development, you definitely need an architect.

You need a surveyor for your construction project when you are analyzing the use of land, the costs & opportunities for profit, conflicts with city officials or neighbors, and potential issues with the building process. There are many types of surveyors. Depending on the scope of your project and policies within your city or neighborhood, the need for a surveyor may be increasingly necessary. Surveyors may undertake simple building design consultation, financial analytics, land and accuracy planning for sites and buildings, or political and contractual constraints of your project.

You need an engineer for your project when analyzing the strength and stability of all elements of construction. Engineers take a deep dive in all aspects of building structure, everything from the space and quality of walls, and the angles of the floors within a building. Engineers use science to solve structural and developmental issues within a construction project.

What is a surveyor? What are the responsibilities of a surveyor?

The technique of surveying, also known as land surveying, involves the art of determining the the three- dimensional positions of points and the distance and angles between them in a space. There are many different surveyor specialities. The common factor between surveyor specialties is that all surveyors are there to analyze your space to identify how to maximise the efficiency and profit of the project. Your surveyor is here to save you money and avoid problems with contracts and laws. Surveyors establish official land, water, and space boundaries for a construction project, they also work with the entire construction team, including architects, urban planners, and engineers to complete a comprehensive and detailed building plan.

Construction plan and layout

Surveyors hold many responsibilities on a construction team. Typically, surveyors are responsible for the following aspects of the project:

  • Project research of land records, titles, and survey records.
  • Establish plans, landscapes, maps and reports for the project.
  • Establish water and land boundaries and manage leases, deeds, and legal documents for official court and city regulations and affairs.
  • Develop a comprehensive presentation to present to clients and government agencies.
  • Record and maintain a record of land surveys and titles.
  • Develop plots, maps, and reports for the entire project.
  • Secure measurements and distances between points both above and below ground level

A surveyor is responsible to mark and continuously manage documentation of all legalities and property lines. Surveyors work to prevent disputes by marking property boundaries and identifying issues before they occur. Surveyors work with satellites and advanced equipment to accurately measure the points of the land. Surveyors can work individually or with a full surveying team, depending on the scope of the project.

Different types of surveyors

Surveyors have a variety of functionalities and specialties. The details of your project needs will determine the type or types of surveyor/s you will need to successfully complete the project. Securing the proper surveyor or surveying team could save you large sums of money and allow you to avoid issues with legalities and city regulations. Here is a list of surveyors specialties and how they can benefit your project.

Land & Boundary Surveyors: Measure and correctly determine and keep record of precise legal property lines and locations for private and public projects.

Building Surveyors: Manage and develop basic building designs, act as an administrator for building work, search for and prematurely identify property and land defects.

Geodetic Surveyor: Use and manage high level technology, like satellites, and aerial devices to measure extremely large areas of the earth’s surface.

Engineering & Construction Surveyors: Measure and accurately determine the exact location of roads and buildings to establish the depth for building and property foundations.

Quantity Surveyors: Calculates and logs the value of the building, building work, and all project expenses.

What is an architect? – What are the responsibilities of an architect?

A man holding construction drawingsAn architect is there to spearhead the design of your project. Architects are educated and trained to manage the planning and design of buildings and architectural projects. An architect helps clients create spaces that are functional and in both concept and design from beginning to the end. Architecture, as a craft, pairs with science and mathematical functions to design places for people to participate in daily life functions. The architect brings together the ideas of the client and the creative team to create a practical realization of the full project layout.

Different types of architect

There are several different types of architects. Identifying the correct architecture specialty or specialties could shift the entire outcome of your project. These are a few types of architects to consider.

    1. Residential Architect – Designs custom homes and neighborhoods with functionality as a key factor in design
    2. Commercial Architect – Designs commercial or public buildings and projects, usually on a large scale.
    3. Interior Designer – Brings the final touches of a building to life by designing the interior with functionality and style in mind
    4. Green Design Architect – Designs with environment and eco- friendly structures
    5. Urban designer/ Planner – Designers and architects that deal with and specialize in designing with the full scope of a city, district, or neighborhood in mind.

What is an engineer?– What are the roles and responsibilities of your engineer?

An engineer is a vital addition to any project. An engineer, on a construction project works directly with the architect to ensure that the building structure and design is efficient and safe for all future occupants. The engineer makes sure that the building structure and design fits all legal codes and building regulations. The engineer also identifies the proper building materials for the project. Engineers bring together the tasks for design, develop, test, and modify all systems and structures involved in the project design.

Different types of engineers in construction

There are several different types of construction related engineers. Identifying the correct engineer for your project is vital to the safety and approval of your project. These are a few types of engineers to consider.

  1. Civil engineer: Construction, design, and inspection of large scale infrastructure projects that advance a full city, state, town or region.
  2. Structural Engineer: Design, construction and inspection of commercial buildings and infrastructure.
  3. Industrial engineer: Designing and optimising systems for manufacturing and materials.
  4. Environmental Engineer: Acts as a prevention source of pollution and things that threaten the environment in a construction project.

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