It is often the case that Verticality Surveys are overlooked, with many Project Managers tending to focus on just getting an accurate Measured Building Survey. However, the benefits of a Verticality Survey are vast and shouldn't be overlooked.
What is it?
A Verticality Survey checks to see whether a building, structure, or retaining wall is completely vertical or leans towards one direction or another. It can be undertaken during the construction phase of a new build, or post-construction for as-built reports, and carried out both internally and externally.
Topscan’s team of surveyors can provide either a one-off report on your property’s verticality status or a monitoring survey where repeated visits are made to the site and survey observations taken from a stable baseline. Either way, we’ll provide you with information to show stability or any deviant trends.
There are various methods available for Verticality Surveys, but the best method currently available, and one employed by Topscan surveyors, is laser scanning. Scanning the facade of a structure creates millions of survey points from which an extremely accurate section/slice is extracted. This data is then shown against a vertical line, and any deviations from this vertical listed.
What are the benefits?
The information determined from a Verticality Survey is invaluable if you’re an architect, civil engineer, or designer as it allows you to tailor your design work to an existing structure with an extremely high level of accuracy and detail. This minimises errors and potentially costly problems that could arise during construction.
Additionally, from a heritage point of view, a Verticality Survey can be used to assess the structural integrity of buildings and their features, and therefore provide information on preventative measures to ensure the stability of the structure for the future.
For more information on how a Vertical Survey can add real value to your project, contact us today.
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