Re: A Set of Standard Survey Specifications for Ireland
Reasons for Adopting a Standard:
On the face of it. it is difficult to see the advantages of Standards in CAD, Coding, Accuracies and
deliverables. Most survey companies and possibly their clients know what to expect and like the
familarity of getting the same product from a particular company e.g. Boundary Walls are magenta and its easy to identify the site limits from this survey etc.
But today more and more we see multiple consultancies using the same info. and some come back
with 'worries' beacause their CAD Designer thought the cyan line ( a kerb ) was a watermain!.
I am sure we have all been there. I recently did a survey in Cork where there were 2 existing surveys of recent vintage but the client had concerns mainly due to lack of familarity with Companies. As it
turned out in one particular case they were right to doubt the quality. Clients have no gauge rod to
verify or compare a survey to.
There are a number of intiatives ongoing with regard to Standardising Surveys. One in particular is
for Road/Street Surveys. This has been adopted by a number of C.C.s and on the results to date
appears to be succeeding. This involves a Project Library of Codes and a set of Standard Cad and MX output. The CAD output leaves a lot to be desired mainly due to the specific requests of a particular C.C. The requirements are spelt out in detail with respect to accuracy, detail and output.
It is arguably at the higher end of accuracy and quality particularly in respect to 3d surveying.
But the client likes the idea of been able to order a survey of a quality and appearance that they are familarly with and the possibility is that other C.C.s will adopt this or similar Spec.
There is a need for Standardisation and if presented to clients they will be happy to order them.
Before any standards can be devised a list of proposals must be presented to the membership who should be allowed to contribute ideas, details etc. this should last for c.6 months. At the end of the consultancy period a working group should begin devising the standards for the agreed proposals.
At the end these should be presented to all the Membership for review and finally for acceptance.
It must be noted that Members do not have to use these Specs. They are voluntary.
The institution must then publish and promote the Standards to State Bodies, Councils and Consultants etc.
Ideally these would be accessible from the Web Site.
It would be nice if people give their opinions or a simple thumbs up