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Building Surveying emerged in the 1970s as a profession in the United Kingdom by a group of technically minded General Practice Surveyors. Building Surveying is a recognized profession within Britain but not widely recognized overseas although there is growth of the profession within Australia. The Services that Building Surveyors undertake are broad but include:

1. Construction design and building works
2. Project Management and monitoring
3. Planning Supervisor under CDM Regulations
4. Property Legislation adviser
5. Insurance assessment and claims assistance
6. Defect investigation and maintenance adviser
7. Building Surveys and measured surveys
8. Handling Planning applications
9. Building Inspection to ensure compliance with building regulations
10. Undertaking pre-acquisition surveys
11. Negotiating dilapidations

Building Surveyors also advise on many aspects of construction including:

a. design
b. maintenance
c. repair
d. refurbishment
e. restoration

Clients of a building surveyor can be the public sector, Local Authorities, Government Departments as well as private sector organisations and work closely with architects, planners, homeowners and tenants groups. Building Surveyors may also be called to act as an expert witness. Building surveyors must undertake an accredited degree qualification and undertake professional training for a period of at least two years, at the end of which sit an assessment of professional competence. Professional organisations for building surveyors include CIOB, ABE, HKIS and RICS.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveying#Building_surveying


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