The aspirations of the stream are to support certification, encourage new members to join the stream, support training and continuing professional development for engineering surveyors, provide a community and networking opportunities and to inform members about new technologies that affect their work practices.

Engineering surveyors are typically called upon for the following services related to construction:

  • "As-built" or "as-con" surveys – this is the capture of the physical location of a constructed object, along with its metadata, for record-keeping purposes.
  • Setout surveys – accurately locating the position of a design feature in the real world so that construction may commence.
  • Monitoring surveys – determining the (usually imperceptible) movement of built structures or natural features, either in absolute or relative terms, over time.
  • Topographic surveys – similar to as-built surveys, but usually of natural existing conditions and used as a design platform, or of large land areas such as quarries for the purpose of volume calculations.
  • Geodetic/control surveys – establishing a network of survey ground marks with an associated accuracy and a coordinate system that is fit for purpose and used in subsequent survey work.

The S+SNZ Engineering Surveying Professional Stream (ESPS) supports anyone involved in surveying for construction purposes.

Key objectives:

  • Support S+SNZ in establishing a new pathway for individuals to gain Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSurv) status.
  • Provide the competencies required for an individual gain the RPSurv certificate in the ESPS stream.
  • Identify areas for continuing professional development within the ESPS’s areas of expertise.
  • Guide surveyors in the practical application of emerging technologies, such as BIM, UAVs (drones), machine guidance, and 3D scanning.
  • Guide surveyors in the practical application of established technologies, such as Total Stations (EDM & Theodolite), GNSS (aka GPS), Digital Levels and all other common measurement methods.


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