External Elevation Plans

If you are involved in any part of the property sector then you are likely at some point to need accurate plans of a building. The team at Powers & Tiltman can offer a wealth of experience and wide ranging expertise in internal and external area measurement.

External Measured Building Surveys (MBS) are accurate plans or line drawings of the external walls of a building, using the latest Leica total station technology with reflectorless capability. Examples of what can be picked up include floor levels, window and door openings (including sills), waste and water down pipes and changes in materials across the façade of the building. The external detail of a building can be represented in 2D or 3D formats in a DWG/DXF file or PDF. End uses vary including:

  • Developing basic plans for planning proposals (extensions or modifications)
  • Plans required and created for historical purposes, for example, as a record of a building with full detailed stonework in its current state.
  • Defining a visual representation of a building before it is knocked down, in order to maintain information for planning laws.
  • Picking up the details of neighbouring buildings in order to continue the architectural integrity of a streetscape for a developer.
  • Providing external elevations for a client in order to offer the full, integrated picture of the new design, planning or space management plans in development.

Due to their very nature external elevations are one of the most visually stimulating of all the maps and plans we provide and can be sent in a variety of digital formats to the client’s requirements.

Roof Plans

Using Leica total stations we can take roof ridge heights to create a plan of a sloping or flat roof, picking up chimney stacks (and their heights), skylights, storm water pipes and waste pipes or any other structural detail required. To do this, our teams work in accordance with the Working at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR), working from the ground for the majority of measurements and only entering roof space if there are sufficient safety mechanisms in place.

These types of site surveys support the commercial development of buildings for new or continuous use. They are usually requested to get an understanding of the area makeup or to support the streetscape that an architect has in mind. Our emphasis is on accuracy with all complex layout calculations following the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Standard Code of Measuring Practice (6th Edition).

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What are measured building surveys?

    Measured building surveys are drawings which show an accurate representation of a building’s existing facade or floor plan.

  2. Why would I need a measured building survey?

    Measured buildings are useful to individuals who are looking at building extensions or reconfiguring internal layouts and require an accurate dimensional drawing of the existing property.

  3. What is surveyed on a measured building survey?

    Major structural features such as floor levels, doors, down pipes and window openings are accurately positioned so any proposed features can be positioned by an architect onto plans with the confidence that the existing drawing is highly accurate.

  4. How accurate is an external measured building survey?

    Using a Leica total station key positions are taken on a building’s façade and recorded in much the same way as a topographic survey. The exterior of the building that has been measured is then transformed into a detailed line drawing that allows architects to use it for future designs.