Survey data and the RIBA Digital Plan of Works

Alberto Embarba of CADS
Survey Video by Alberto Embarba Senior Geomatics and Surveying Engineer 30/03/2022

This video explains the vital survey data considerations required to align with the RIBA Digital Plan of Works


Managing the design and construction process

A clearly defined process to manage the stages of design and construction

Surveys for architects are generally commissioned in line with the RIBA’s Digital Plan of Works. This is the clearly defined process used to manage the design and construction stages. It specifies that site surveys should be sourced as part of RIBA Stage 1 – Preparation and Briefing. However, we are often commissioned earlier in the process under RIBA Stage 0 – Strategic Definition.

Surveys essential to assist with project development

When we are commissioned earlier, our surveys for architects are able to contribute to the appraisal process helping our clients to develop more robust business cases, accurately assess project risks and prepare more detailed budget cost planning in conjunction with the client’s requirements.

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Coordinated data collection process

There is also value at the outset of a project in considering the data you may need at later stages. Where we’ve been able to work with clients from the start of a project, we’ve been able to minimise design clashes and construction issues by ensuring a coordinated data collection process is established at the start and maintained throughout the lifespan of the project.



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