Surveying is a crucial early step in the construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures. Accurate surveys of potential construction sites play a key role when determining design, costs, planning processes, and even the feasibility of a potential project. The survey party chief supervises the work performed by surveying groups in the field. As a supervisor, the survey party chief is first involved in the planning portion of ground surveys. They research previous surveys and any relevant building documentation for the plot of land for the current survey. The chief then schedules how many surveying parties will be needed and creates a plan for accurate determination of distances, gradients, and other necessary components of a useful survey.
Additionally, the survey party chief is expected to supervise their staff on the job site, ensuring that proper procedures and accurate reporting occurs and that supporting photographic analysis is collected. In most cases, the chief takes an active role in surveying as well. Once all necessary findings are collected, the chief ensures data is accurately reported to engineering, architecture, and/or design teams as required. In addition, as a supervisor, the survey party chief usually trains all new personnel; they also may be involved in the interview process for positions in the surveying department.
Surveying experience is required for this role, generally at least three to five years. A high school diploma or equivalent is required as well. Individuals performing surveying work should expect to do a lot of their work outdoors, although planning and reporting work takes place in an office setting. Travel is generally required to conduct surveying work on-site.
Survey Party Chief Tasks
Supervise, participate in, and coordinate surveying projects and goal establishment.
Use GPS and survey equipment to collect and validate data, process that data, and create reports.
Calculate and verify computations, and create and verify sketches and CAD drawings.
Review plans, plats, and legal documents to appropriately plan and schedule work.