'Providing control for the design and development of man-made structures. It is the foundation of all construction and development projects'.

Once planning permission is obtained and your Architect/Engineer has completed the design of your project the next step is setting-out. This involves marking-out positions of main structural elements from the design onto the ground, usually steelwork gridlines, external building lines, foundations, construction offsets, drainage positions etc. The process is much the same as topographical surveying only applied in reverse.

With suitable construction drawings and site control we can achieve millimetre (approx. 1-2mm) accuracy where required. FPS has many years of setting-out experience ranging from simple house extensions to extremely complicated steelwork gridlines and large scale civil engineering projects.

Setting out is an ever changing process and involves on-the-fly calculations so as not to hold-up any construction work. Our engineers are connected via broadband, GPRS and mobile phone giving us the ability to transfer re-designs and survey information straight onto their laptops. If it is found that a survey is needed before setting out can commence i.e. to re-establish control stations to a local grid, our surveyors can process survey data, draw up, issue drawings and perform any calculations on-site keeping any delays to an absolute minimum

Our total stations and GPS always book the final set-out position of any feature which along with our on-site internet connection allows us to forward the client a set-out check file before leaving site to confirm their acceptance of our tolerances.

What is Engineering Surveying?
Produce up-to-date plans which form the basis for the design of a project.

Setting out a site, so that a structure is built in the correct spot and to the correct size.

Monitoring the construction process to make sure that the structure remains in the right position, and recording the final as-built position.

Providing control points by which the future movement of structures such as dams or bridges can be monitored.