From land valuations, property surveys, property maps and legal documents these are some of the tasks which surveyors are involved with. Surveyors work for property developers, legal companies, construction companies, and government departments. Surveyors are interested in geomatics, and use technical surveying equipment to compile digital maps, and to assess property or buildings. A surveyor's data is applied in property development, property construction, assessment of planning applications and reporting on land use. Surveyors can assist construction teams at various stages of property development, monitoring development and acting as advisor to the developer or client. Where legal disputes arise about property boundaries or lines, a surveyor may be called out to survey the property and provide a legal document to resolve the dispute. Because of the legal nature of a surveyor's work, surveyors need to be prepared to accept liability for the work and reporting. Surveyors have the option to specialise in various fields, from urban development and building surveying, to cartography and digital mapping.
Regardless of whether surveyors are employed by a practice, company or act as independent surveyor, surveyors will receive their instructions from property owners and or property developers. Surveyors are professionals who are responsible for the determining of property boundaries and lines, and will produce detailed property information as required by other property professionals such as land use planners, architects or developers. Surveyors require technical skills to compile and present data, including maps and graphs. Being computer skilled is an advantage. Surveyors often rely on geo-information and design software to refine their results and findings. Surveyors are required to travel to relevant properties, and take along surveying equipment. Surveyors need to be physically able to survey a property and assistance may not always be available.
- Mathematical skills
- Ability to interpret maps and analyse data
- Computer skills