Whether you’re building a new house, renovating your current home or adding to an existing block, surveyors play an important role in Adelaide’s urban development.

Working closely with architects, engineers and geologists, surveyors are the first people to take measurements on any construction site. These primary measurements are then used by architects to make the most of the landscape and by engineers to plan structures safely.


Planning is a process that involves setting objectives and determining a course of action to achieve those objectives. It requires managers to be aware of environmental conditions and to forecast future conditions.

The planning process begins with environmental scanning which consists of gathering and interpreting information about the environment and then trying to predict future conditions. It also requires good decision making skills to choose the best possible solution to a problem.

Surveyors in Adelaide are responsible for establishing the land property boundaries (cadastral surveying) and positioning infrastructure. They also provide foundation spatial data, geographic place names, and cadastral map production.


Surveying is a vital element in the planning and construction of most forms of infrastructure, transportation and communications, as well as the definition of legal boundaries for land ownership. It requires knowledge of geodesy, geometry, trigonometry, regression analysis, physics, engineering, and metrology.

As a result, the field is also an important tool for scientific research in many other disciplines. Its use can be enhanced by the application of new technologies, such as GNSS receivers, retroreflectors, 3D scanners, LiDAR sensors, radios, inclinometers, handheld tablets, optical and digital levels, subsurface locators, and GIS software.

Surveyors are experts in establishing control networks and monitoring the progress of construction and infrastructure projects. They can also provide accurate and reliable data that help build smart cities.


Surveying is an important part of the planning process. It involves using a variety of instruments, including a compass and measuring device, to map land features and topography.

Surveyors can also use a theodolites to measure angles. This can help them to create accurate and detailed maps.

Mapping is an important component of urban development because it helps to reveal the distribution of health-promoting infrastructure and amenities. This information can help local and regional planners to identify inequities in access, encourage accountability and empower communities to advocate for improvements.

The project involved mapping and vegetation data collection for settled areas in the Resilient East and Adapting Northern Adelaide Regions. Seed Consulting Services worked in partnership with EnDev Geographic and AeroScientific to undertake urban heat mapping and vegetation data collection for these areas. They also conducted microscale climate measurements.


A good reporting system is an important component of any successful urban development. This is because it allows the people involved in a project to get timely information on their progress and whether they are on track.

A report can also provide the basis for a decision about what needs to be done, or if something has been wrong. It can also alert people to serious conditions that could harm individuals, the university or cooperative partners.

A report from a surveyor can provide valuable information about land development trends and projected demand, as well as land supply. This information can then be used to ensure that the planning system is able to provide adequate land for future development, which will then support the overall economic growth and wellbeing of Adelaide.