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What is BIM and how does it impact measured building surveyors?

Updated: May 1

Modern construction and measured building surveyors have evolved significantly. Traditionally tasked with capturing accurate data of existing structures, measured building surveyors now find themselves at the forefront of a technological revolution reshaping the industry. The introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM), coupled with advancements in surveying equipment and digital tools, has unlocked unprecedented possibilities for precision, efficiency, and collaboration.

Today's surveyors are equipped with a diverse array of cutting-edge instruments that redefine the boundaries of what is possible. We explore how these innovations allow surveyors to not only capture highly accurate measurements but also to visualise, analyse and manage building data throughout its lifecycle.

What is BIM?

BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. It's a process involving the creation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. These digital models can be used throughout the building's lifecycle, from initial planning and design to construction, operation and maintenance.

How did BIM impact measured building surveyors?

  • Data-rich Models: BIM models contain detailed information about the building's structure, materials, and components. Measured building surveyors can leverage this data for accurate measurements and analysis during surveys.

  • Collaboration: BIM encourages collaboration among different stakeholders involved in a construction project. Measured building surveyors may need to work closely with architects, engineers, and contractors to ensure that accurate survey data is integrated into the BIM model.

  • Improved Accuracy and Efficiency: BIM software allows for precise measurements and analysis, reducing the likelihood of errors during the surveying process. This can lead to more efficient workflows and cost savings for clients.

  • Visualisation and Simulation: BIM models enable visualisation and simulation of the building's characteristics, such as energy performance and structural behaviour. Measured building surveyors can use these capabilities to provide clients with valuable insights into the building's condition and potential improvements.

  • Lifecycle Management: BIM facilitates the management of building information throughout its lifecycle. Measured building surveyors can contribute to this by updating BIM models with as-built data after construction, enabling better maintenance and renovation planning in the future.

As part of our continued commitment to support our customers, we have a variety of high-quality surveying  equipment for sale  or for hire

Surveying equipment:

Total Stations: 

GeoMax offers a variety of robotic and manual total stations to suit your specific project requirements. We offer new or  refurbished total stations  as well as a large hiring fleet 

Laser Scanners: 

Laser scanners capture millions of data points to create detailed 3D representations of buildings and their surroundings. They are useful for creating highly accurate as-built models and capturing complex geometries.

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receivers: 

GNSS receivers are used for positioning and navigation. They can be used to establish control points for surveys and georeference survey data.

Digital Levels: 

Digital levels are used for measuring height differentials and elevations. They provide precise vertical measurements for accurate floor-level surveys.

Photogrammetry Equipment: 

Photogrammetry involves using photographs to measure distances and create 3D models. With X-PAD Ultimate Photo Module you can capture photos of your site which allows you to take measurements directly from the photos. 

Data Recorders and Tablets: 

The Zenius08 is a robust tablet that works in all weather conditions, ideal for the British summer! 


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