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Surveyor
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Last Updated: November, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Surveys all types of property and natural resources such as buildings, land and sea.


The Work header image

Surveyors carry out surveys of all types of property (buildings, land, and possessions such as livestock) and natural resources (including those on land and at sea, for example deposits of minerals).  
 
Surveyors specialise in one of many types of surveying, but the work generally involves tasks such as:  
 
taking measurements  
mapping, valuing and assessing the property or natural resources  
managing, planning, developing, and calculating costs of projects.  
 
They measure distances, directions and angles between points. They also research legal records and look for evidence of previous boundaries. They then have to verify the accuracy of existing data and prepare plots, maps and reports.  
 
Surveyors will need to use sophisticated electronic equipment and computers to collect, manage and analyse survey data.  
 
Once a survey is complete, surveyors manage and analyse the information. They then write and present a report to clients or other professionals such as cartographers, engineers, architects and planners. The report may contain data, ideas and recommendations so that any necessary work can be done, for example so that maps can be produced or so a construction project can begin.  
 
When carrying out site work, surveyors must stick to health and safety regulations. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.

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Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.

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Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.

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Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.

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Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.

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Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.

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Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.

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Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.

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Determine longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).

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Record the results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Geography:  Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a surveyor, you need to be good at maths and able to use computers and other electronic equipment. Experience of computer-aided design (CAD) is useful. You should have an analytical mind, a methodical approach to your work and be able to pay attention to detail. Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for passing information to other professionals and clients. You will also need a wide knowledge of construction, economics and law. You need to be up to date with EU regulations and laws.


Further Informationheader image

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
  Email: cif@cif.ie
  Url www.cif.ie
   

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Organisation: Irish Institution of Surveyors
  Address: Eason & Son Ltd., 4th Floor, 40-42 Lower O'Connell St. Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 8720194
  Email: issecretary@eircom.net
  Url www.irish-surveyors.ie
   

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Organisation: Society of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 5500
  Email: info@scs.ie
  Url www.scs.ie
   

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Organisation: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: RICS Contact Centre, Suveryor Court, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JE, United Kingdom
  Tel:
  Email: contactrics@rics.org
  Url www.rics.org
   

 

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