PALS offer a wide range of topographical survey services which vary depending on the client's specification. Through consultation we are able to tailor our survey service to exactly meet their requirements.
An accurate land survey is essential for any project that you are considering and can reduce the possibility of costly mistakes or unforeseen issues. Using our highly experienced surveyors we offer our clients complete confidence that their survey plans are delivered to the very highest standard, on time and on budget.
Our topographical survey services include:
- Site Surveys - highly accurate and detailed site surveys, ranging from single plot surveys to large sites for major development
- Long / Cross Sections - PALS produce highly accurate Digital Terrain Models (DTM) of land and river networks.
- Volumetric Calculations - produced to establish volumes of earthworks, stockpiles or landfills.
Measured Building Surveys
A measured building survey provides a highly accurate representation of your building showing all the major structural elements and architectural features.
The level of detail included in within the survey will depend entirely on your requirements, and may vary for the purposes of design, planning or feasibility.
From heritage to modern buildings, PALS can offer a tailored solution to suit your requirements and budget.
Our measured building services include:
HDS or Laser Scanning
3D Laser Scanning or High Definition Surveying HDS is a non-intrusive means of rapidly collecting detailed and accurate survey data.
High Definition Survey uses a narrow laser beam to "sweep across" a target object, so that hundreds of thousands of closely spaced measurements can be taken in a matter of minutes.
When these scanned measurements are displayed on a computer, a dense "point cloud" representation of the target results, which can then be viewed like a 3D model.
Using specialist software areas can be selected as required for detailed drawing production, the point cloud data can then be used to produce anything from rendered 3D models and visualisations to traditional 2D drawings.
Dimensional control surveying is the technique and science whereby 3-dimensional spaces are accurately measured to determine the area between points, creating digitally mapped distances and angles.
The most commonly used application for dimensional control is to obtain true as-built dimensions and get these properly documented and referenced to a known or established benchmark. Property and Land Surveys use the very latest survey instruments and software allowing the coordinates to be shared between the survey and design teams, these are easily transferred between models and instruments reducing errors in data transfer, saving time and increasing accuracy.
The captured data can be transformed to a clients preferred format, offering quick and easy data evaluation and problem checking. We can provide full 3D models using AutoCAD, 2D drawings or Point Cloud data from our Laser Scanners.
When seeking permission for any scale of development, either domestic or commercial, the council may require a tree survey as part of the planning application. Property and Land Surveys (Highlands) Ltd are highly experienced in producing reports in accordance with the British Standard BS5837 Trees in Relation to Demolition, Design and Construction regulations.
All our reports and surveys are presented in a clear and concise format and supplied bound together with plans where necessary. We collect information using GPS or Total Station which enables us to plot trees on a digital Ordnance Survey or our own topographic site plan allowing for ease of identification for the client and for those undertaking any subsequent works.
All trees surveyed will be accurately plotted on a tree constraints plan at a suitable scale. The accompanying schedule will contain the following information:
- Tag/Reference number of the all trees surveyed.
- Tree species (either common or scientific names).
- Estimated Height in Metres.
- Stem diameter in millimetres, measured at 1.5m from ground level.
- The extent of the crown spread (North, East, South, West) in metres.
- Age class of tree (young, middle age, mature, over mature, veteran).
- Estimated remaining contribution in years (<10, 10+, 20+, 40+).
All trees on the plan will be categorised using the colour system from BS 5837 2012.
UAV, or unmanned aerial vehicle surveys, allow Property and Land Surveys (Highlands) to survey difficult, remote, hard to reach areas and in poor weather conditions. It also gives us the ability to fly close to buildings and into awkward positions where other means of access such as access towers, cherry pickers or scaffolding, may not be safe, appropriate or cost effective.
UAV surevys are also a highly cost efficient, safe and fast method for surveying large areas of land.
The client or surveyor is able to see what the camera is looking at via a real time downlink, with more detailed results available once Drone has landed. We can then process this imagery using a range of sophisticated, specialist software to produce orthorectified aerial photographs, 3D flyovers, ground models (DTMs), stock volumes and other outputs.
With an ever increasing drive to reduce costs within the modern business environment, UAV inspection systems offer an extremely cost effective solution.
The Land Register of Scotland oversees title deeds showing proof of ownership of land or property in Scotland. Difficulties can arise however if old deeds and plans have been lost or when the Ordnance Survey map is wrong. Lines on the Ordnance Survey map are often in the wrong place and this can have a very big impact if part of your land has been registered to someone else by accident. Existing fences in the wrong place are also a problem.
Property and Land Surveys (Highlands) have the specialist knowledge and expertise to accurately identify the boundary between two properties. The red line drawn around a property on the Land Registry plan only shows the general boundary. It does not identify whether the boundary runs along the centre of a hedge or along one side of it. We will not only survey the land, check deeds and the plans attached to them, but will also refer to historical documents and aerial photographs.
Our considerable survey experience, coupled with a close working relationship with the Land Registry, has facilitated the production of compliant plans across the entire spectrum of property types including residential, offices, retail units and industrial warehouses.
Property and Land Surveys (Highlands) have a wealth of experience in creating 3D building survey models, whether a basic wireframe, a solid model or an intricate detailed surface model for heritage purposes. we work with a multitude of modelling packages and file formats to produce 3D models.
We can provide a number of different types of 3D models based on you requirements:
- Mass Model - basic 3D solid model showing the outside of the building.
- Basic Model (shell & core) - a simple model of the various elements of the building.
- Standard Model – showing added details such as generic windows, doors and walls. Sections and elevations can be taken at any point.
- Detailed Model – this includes lights, ceiling grids, skirting etc.
- Detailed Model – visually realistic
- Revit Deliverable – we can produce full Revit model to form part of your BIM project. Any level of information can be added to any of the above outputs.