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What is the Role of Surveying in Creating Liveable Spaces?

by nicola on February 13, 2019 in Blog

Creating liveable spaces now requires a systems and integrated approach. This is going beyond designing the residence itself because we also have to consider its immediate surroundings and the special advantages it offers.

For example, people now also consider if there’s easy access to transport and a nearby public park. With easy access to transport people can easily go to work or school. On the other hand, a nearby public park can make the place feel friendly and more natural. These are important decision points that potential tenants consider. After all, they’ll be using the residence daily. Just one small difference can turn around or solidify their choice.

An example of intelligent design

That’s what is happening at Tailor’s Walk (a brand new community with crafted living spaces). Its strategic and convenient location provides a good reasonable distance from the Sydney Airport (plus just walking down a street and you can readily get your meal or a cup of fresh coffee).

In addition, there’s a dedicated public park of 3,000 square metres which is purpose built for social gatherings. Tailor’s Walk is also located just moments from the beach. Whether you just need to take a break or feel closer to nature, this brand new community has it all.

To design and create this awesome community requires careful and excellent planning. Also, achieving intelligent design requires examining the end use and how the end users interact with the residences and the surrounding facilities.

To help accomplish that, Geosurv was instrumental in the careful planning of this community. Our team was responsible for the construction survey set out, including 3D scanning for as-builts, carpark and landscape survey. Our professional service and team’s expertise was vital to the accomplishment of this modern project.

The huge role of surveying in creating liveable spaces

Earlier we mentioned the importance of a systems and integrated approach in creating and designing liveable spaces. Land and construction surveying is important in achieving that goal and ideal.

Many people might ask: Is surveying just for determining property boundaries? Back then indeed surveying was for determining territorial boundaries and land ownership. This has been to avoid conflict and establish consistency (you know that tomorrow you still own the land and no one will steal it from you).

But the field of surveying has transformed and evolved since then. Although surveying still includes establishing land tenure, this system of manner of possession is now also vital in the following:

  • Economic growth and sustainability
  • Social stability through housing and employment
  • Development planning and environmental management
  • Taxation and land administration
  • Land use management and regulation
  • Government policy making

That is the macroscale (national level) importance of surveying. What about in designing small and large communities such as that of Tailor’s Walk and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis? Does surveying play a huge role in achieving an intelligent design of those communities?

Accurately determining and establishing the boundaries is important in construction planning (e.g. project scope, avoiding property encroachment, maximising the use of land). But professional surveying has gone beyond that. It’s because property developers and construction firms now require more specific services such as the following:

  • Contour or detail survey (determine and locate the natural and man-made features of the land)
  • Flood survey (identify potential flooding and drainage problems, also includes determining land levels based on sea levels and recorded tide gauges)
  • Bulk earthwork survey (e.g. extent of cuts and fills and batter slopes)
  • Construction set out (grids, footings, slabs, columns, penetrations, lift shafts, external fascias)
  • 3D scanning and modelling (captures and provides digital information of a structure or landscape)

Surveying is about gathering all the relevant information about a site including its unique challenges and opportunities. The challenges may include minimising flood risks. On the other hand, the unique opportunities could be about aligning or orienting structures so that tenants can get an awesome view of natural features (e.g. lakes, areas with an abundance of trees) or man-made structures (e.g. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House).

With all the relevant information at hand, architects and engineers can come up with the optimal plan for the site and project. For example, prime spaces may feature an awesome view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or of the dedicated public park of Taylor’s Walk. Commercial areas (with restaurants, cafes and offices) can be placed within the walking distance of the residences so that tenants don’t have to commute or use their cars.

Each site or project has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. It’s up to the engineers and architects how to overcome those challenges and fully take advantage of the opportunities the site or terrain presents. But to completely understand the opportunities and challenges, the team should have accurate and reliable information at hand in the first place.

That information comes in the form of accurate surveys provided by an experienced team. Although the grand outcome starts with the vision of the property owner or developer, accurate surveys are important to connect that vision to the reality and help that outcome materialise in an optimal and cost effective way.

In other words, accurate and complete information helps achieve an optimal outcome. For example, accurately knowing the locations of natural features (groups of trees, vegetation, rocks, bodies of water) and man-made structures (landmarks, buildings, bridges) helps in big picture thinking. This complete view and understanding of the terrain allows developers to maximise the advantages of a site.

Here at Geosurv we can help provide that complete view and understanding of the terrain through our contour or topographic survey. We use the appropriate method (e.g. aerial, photogrammetric, ground survey or combination of these methods) so that architects and engineers can better see the details of the land or site. This helps in seeing the whole picture and thinking in a systems or integrated approach.

Contact us here today at Geosurv if your require such professional service. Since 2005 we’ve established ourselves as one of the leading surveying firms in Australia (with offices in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong, Albury, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast). Our experienced team undergoes continuing professional development to keep up with technological development and legislative changes to ensure accuracy and compliance.