Surveyor engineer works mainly on civil engineering projects to review plans and identify potential problems on designs. Additionally, engineering surveyors guide site works in accurately setting out positions of structures. Various engineering disciplines depend on engineering surveys the physical marking of design drawings on the ground. Take for instance the case of an engineer who design a civil structure to sustain a particular minimum load. Such a design will consider has to be accurate in terms of distance of positions of supports and footings. This ensures that building maintains strength and integrity. This is where a surveyor engineer comes in.
Furthermore, a site surveyor will not only ensure that the horizontal position is accurate, but will manage alignment and proper elevations as the site works continue.
Typically, projects that needs engineering surveying services are in construction and building. Examples are projects like roads, freeways, railways, bridges, tunnels and other large structures.
The engineering surveyor’s work begins in the feasibility study phase to furnish designers with spatial data for designs. The work continues as project is under construction, up to the final as built surveys when project completes. A surveying engineer may also be called a construction surveyor.
Engineering Surveyors in the Planning Stages
Surveyors take precise measurements of land and collects data on elevations and positions. Special attention is given to natural as well as man-made features, their sizes and shape. This information provides engineers the specific detail they require in order to draw up designs. Architects, civil engineers and town planners require such information, usually presented in the form of a topographical maps.
A designer needs specific land information such as natural terrain for the design of drainage systems, roads and other community services.
Demands of the Surveying Profession
Surveyors spend a lot of time working outdoors on various sites taking measurements. Therefore, a surveyor should be a person who enjoys working outdoors.
Surveying is a discipline required on site by various other fields, so a surveyor should be able to work well and communicate with others.
Site surveyors analyse design drawings and interpret them so as to calculate coordinates and elevations for setting out and site markings. Therefore, a good command of Maths is necessary. Additionally, sound maths background helps surveyors to work independently. Surveyors make decisions and judgements that has a systematic approach, usually with a maths root.
Like any engineering profession, a good understanding of computer aided design software is necessary. Engineering software enables services faster delivery and more professional data formats.
A survey engineer may work as a freelance, getting hired as and when the need arises, or can get full time employment. Employment prospects are found in areas such as engineering consulting companies and surveying companies. A wider opportunity also is in mining companies, government departments, and other construction firms.