A building surveyor performs a variety of tasks throughout the life of buildings. These professionals may be involved in initial construction, and their role during the construction phase may vary greatly. The building surveyor may serve as an agent for a governmental entity or the company that is going to own the building; in this role, they may occasionally visit the site to track progress and receive updates. However, the building surveyor may serve as a project manager and oversee the entire construction project.
After construction, the building surveyor performs periodic inspections of buildings to ensure proper maintenance is performed. The building surveyor may also be responsible for overseeing repairs, as well as beginning the renovation process. Once a building has been approved for renovation, the building surveyor acts as a project manager and assesses the project's goals. The building surveyor then procures contractors to work on the tasks necessary to complete renovation. The building surveyor monitors contractors' work to ensure deadlines are met and quality standards are met. After contractors are finished, the building surveyor performs final inspections.
Building surveyors work for companies that own a variety of structures, from skyscrapers to office buildings to schools to courthouses.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position. Related experience is typically required or preferred as well.
Building Surveyor Tasks
Survey land and other property.
Prepare reports, contracts, and permits.
Advise and support clients on construction designs and plans.
Evaluate structures in order to determine necessary repairs and maintenance.