About the Surveying Profession


What is Surveying?

Surveying is the measurement and mapping of our surrounding environment  using mathematics, specialised technology and equipment. Surveyors  measure just about anything on the land, in the sky or on the ocean bed. They even measure polar ice-caps. ACS NSW represents organisations  involved in land surveying.


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The Work of a Surveyor

Land surveyors enjoy diversity in their work as they go between the office and the field, working in both rural and urban settings. Out in the field, they use the latest technology  such as high order GPS, Robotic TotalStations (Theodolites), and aerial  and terrestrial scanners to map an area, making computations and taking  photos as evidence.

In the office, Surveyors then use sophisticated software, such as Auto-cad to draft plans and map the onsite measurements. Surveyors work  on a diverse variety of projects from land subdivision and mining exploration, to tunnel building and major construction, which  means no two days are the same. They are experts in determining land  size and measurement. They also give advice and provide information to  guide the work of engineers, architects and developers.


To find out more about Surveying and a career in this field, visit www.alifewithoutlimits.com.au.


The following booklets outline the diversity of work enjoyed by surveyors in both rural and urban settings:

Click here to read RURAL SURVEYORS

Click here to read URBAN SURVEYORS

Surveying's Place In Spatial Sciences

Surveying is related to the broad areas of Spatial Science or Geospatial Science. Spatial means “the relative place or location of something”. Spatial Science helps to  understand the relationship between the community and the environment to help predict trends and patterns. Surveying is first done to establish the boundaries, and Spatial Technologies are used to interpret and report on the data.

Why is Surveying important?

We depend on Surveying to ensure order in the physical world around us.  Surveyors play an integral role in land development, from the planning and design of land subdivisions through to the final construction of roads, utilities and landscaping.

Surveyors are among good company, working closely with their peers in the fields of engineering, architecture, geology and planning. Their role underpins these industries: Surveyors are the first people on any construction site, measuring and mapping the land. These primary measurements are then used by architects to understand and make the most of the unique landscape when designing and engineers to plan structures accurately and safely, ensuring buildings not only fit with the landscape but are able to be constructed.


Do I need a Surveyor?

If you are undertaking a new build or renovation project and think you may need the services of a Surveyor, then please visit ' Do I need a Surveyor'. 

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