When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Land surveyors are among the important professionals required in the building and construction sector. They are vital in projects such as mining, road construction, building and other civil construction projects. In fact, land surveyors are among the very first people to report to construction locations. Their input, though hardly seen, plays a pivotal role in the construction process. Read on to see why surveyors are crucial in building and construction.
Identifying land boundaries and marking them
Civil works are often carried out within large tracks of land. In most cases, these areas are unmapped. This can cause a lot of confusion during construction as engineers need to know where the site is located and where construction should take place. Land surveyors map out the land, measuring long distances and identifying the exact locations from the map to the ground on the site.
In some cases, they may subdivide the land to show the different land allotments at the site via survey beacons. This process ensures that construction is carried out within the set boundaries as indicated on paper to avoid legal consequences thereafter.
Identifying construction points
Land surveyors also pin point exact points where construction is supposed to take place within a given landscape. With rail construction, for example, they can mark the exact points the rail is supposed to follow to ensure accuracy in the engineering process. The same is done for roads, tunnels and pipelines, among other civil works. With building constructions, they help mark the exact dimensions where structures should be built. In addition to that, they also ensure that construction dimensions feature the right angles to avoid architectural faults.
Ensuring proper land leveling during site preparation
Thirdly, land surveyors ensure that construction sites attain proper land leveling prior to any construction work commencing. This is vital for all manner of civil projects. This process helps with important aspects such as water drainage as well as structural safety of buildings.
Through specialized equipment, land surveyors measure the land gradient to detect elevations and their respective angles. This helps contracts to grade sites efficiently before construction can be undertaken. In some cases, knowing the level of the terrain also helps contractors to understand the amount of work that has to be undertaken at a site. This helps them choose the right equipment for the job as well plan appropriate timelines for the work ahead.
In a way, land surveyors can be said to provide basis blueprints for the rest of the construction members. They provide basic data about a piece of land, enabling architects and engineers to have a starting point in any civil construction process.