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Published: Jun 19 2018

The Next Generation of Building Surveying Software: Mobile & Meaningful

Not so long ago (before there was building surveying software), building surveyors arrived on-site with a notepad, a pen and a digital camera.

They would write on their notepad, take accompanying photos, and then spend hours creating reports. In recent years, the building surveying profession has been transformed by technology. While the adoption of technology across the profession was slower than in some industries, building surveyors across the globe now rely heavily on technology.

Why this significant change?

The need for accurate data to make informed, data-driven decisions. Before technology, it was difficult to obtain up-to-date, real-time data. Often, by the time surveys of large property portfolios were completed, the data would be out of date.

Accruent's building surveying software allows surveyors to go on-site, capture data from a predetermined survey template on their iPad (to ensure consistency of data collection), and save photos with the relevant information automatically. Then, at the touch of a button, they can generate a report from the data and photos.

“The benefits of mobile technology to the surveying industry have been proven repeatedly, with surveyors using iPad technology to reduce surveying time by up to 50%, improve accuracy and consistency across portfolio-wide schemes and increase their competitiveness.” - Ed Bartlett, VP, Kykloud, an Accruent company

Technology like ours allows surveyors to pull data from built assets quickly and easily, turning this data into meaningful management information. Our software is used around the globe to help professionals understand and manage their property portfolios more efficiently and ensure that capital planning decisions are based on accurate data.

For UK-based customers, our survey templates are approved by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling building surveyors and other professionals to use mobile technology to produce reports that meet RICS standards.

The range of mobile survey templates include:

  • Dilapidation surveys.
  • Commercial building surveys.
  • Stock condition surveys.
  • Planned maintenance surveys.
  • Energy and carbon audits.
  • Housing surveys.
  • Valuation surveys.

The capabilities of our building survey app are delivered using a combination of iPad and cloud technology. For a profession focused on accuracy and speed of reporting, our technology allows customized building surveys to be delivered directly to a team in the field and for all data to be uploaded securely and efficiently.

Building surveying software, ahead of the curve.

Typically, technology is included within the request for proposal (RFP) or tender documentation as a key requirement for consideration. This approach helps to identify firms who are ahead of the curve in terms of utilizing mobile surveying technology and providing a more cost-efficient surveying service.

In the UK, consultants that bid for surveying work can show an established use of our technology to complete the surveying process.

Our building surveying software takes information from the original BIM (Building Information Modeling) to develop and undertake a building survey. The surveyor conducts the building survey, capturing and pulling all the survey information into one source. Specifically, the building surveyor gathers data from the site, and our software overlays the existing digital model to supplement and develop the final report.

Aligning the use of our building surveying software with BIM offers something tangible in relation to the role of building surveying. If the survey work is focused on new builds, BIM has a significant part to play. The survey outputs make BIM more visible in terms of how it can be applied to existing stock with benefits for your clients and for your surveying practice.

Learn how to leverage our building surveying software with BIM to improve consistency and visibility of assets and portfolios for your clients.

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