Land surveys

Survey Operations’ primary activity is carrying out topographical surveys, which range from small development schemes of just a few acres to large scale redevelopment projects covering hundreds of hectares

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Building surveys

Building Surveying’ can cover a wide and varied range of client requirements, but to simplify matters, Survey Operations have combined every possible dimensional solution relating to building problems within this single category.

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In the world of surveying, very few companies take Utilities as seriously as we do at Survey Operations, and even fewer come close in terms of survey expertise and equipment. See how we can help you

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In an increasingly technical world, very few construction projects can rely solely upon basic setting-out methods and limited site resources. Even the most experienced project team will, at some stage, need additional technical support to resolve an immediate, critical problem.

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Due to our long established links with the Water and Minerals industries, Survey Operations initially developed Hydrographic surveying options relevant to inland lakes, lagoons and reservoirs. Incorporating the needs of our consultant clients has naturally extended our capabilities.

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Laser scanning

3D Laser Scanning really does provide the ultimate non-contact solution to many of our clients dimensional questions. Enabling us to accurately survey any structure, installation or terrain without access equipment and from positions of safety, means that previously insoluble problems can now be successfully resolved.

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Surveyors of Land, Buildings, Utilities, Rivers, Construction, Hydrographic, Mobile mapping, Laser scanning, UAV drones.

Primarily geared to the needs of design consultants and construction professionals, our experience and resources are also widely utilised by a variety of technical and non-technical local and national government departments, industrialists, multiple outlet retailers, property management, hotel and restaurant chains.

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Ian Smith

Commercial manager

Responsible for initial client contact, survey advisor and specification consultant.

Dave Birchall

Operations manager

Responsible for resources management, our client contact for project control and workload programming.

Simon Beaumont

Engineering & SHEQ quality manager

Responsible for our quality procedures, certification, audit control and point of contact for our engineering department.

Matt Holder

CAD verification manager

Responsible for our cad department, client contact for deliverable products.

Ian Thompson

Utilities support

Responsible for client liason and support services for our utility department.


UAV Surveying

Using UAV/Drone technology has now become a day-to-day surveying method for Survey Operations. From providing video presentation, in particular, for our Estate Agent clients to help sales of larger properties, to surveying inaccessible buildings, to large landfill sites for volume calculations,...Read More

Beeny's Restoration Nightmare

As has often been the case over the last 30 years, much of our best work has been completed behind the scenes or hidden beneath a particular clients banner. However, in the second series of Sarah Beeny's "Beeny's Restoration Nightmare", Survey Operations personnel may actually be seen working...Read More


When the amendments to the Reservoirs Act 1975 came into play many owners and operators of past exempt reservoirs awaited the outcome. Previously, dammed or bunded reservoirs of less than 25,000 cubic metres capacity are exempt from the expensive provisions of this Act but proposals to reduce this...Read More

Coastal Monitoring

Being one of UKs leading coastal surveying companies and a major user of both 3D laser scanning and high precision GPS, it seemed a logical development to combine the methodologies and instrumentation of all three into a single unified approach. Primarily developed to accurately monitor and...Read More

Highway Surveying

Based on our experiences of combining survey methods to suit a particular client need, we have most recently turned our attentions to the problem of remotely surveying sections of highway to the highest possible accuracy. Whilst a number of high speed, dynamically positioned approaches have been...Read More

Church Surveying

There are approximately 28,000 churches in England alone, of which 14,000 are listed buildings. In fact, 45% of all Grade 1 listed buildings are churches so it is not surprising that a large proportion of our building survey workload relates to either current or former, places of...Read More