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Surveying for the Architectural Technologist

Birmingham City University, United KingdomIf your on the final year Architectural Technologist course @ Birmingham City University you might want to read the first five chapters of the very excellent book “Surveying for Construction” William Irvine & Finlay Maclennan. I have also listed another excellent book below, that will also help.

It covers the minimum you will need to carry out the task I have in mind for you on your return, using a dumpy level and all the related equipment, much of this you might well have covered so its really just revision. But you will need to understand all the aspects.

Chapter 1

Surveying Fundimentals

Chapter 2

Understanding Maps and Plans

Chapter 3

Linear Surveying

Chapter 4


Chapter 5


Chapter 7

Theodolites & Total Stations

Chapter 8

Traverse Surveys

At the end of this section I expect you to be able to carry out a reasonably complex survey of a piece of land, draw the survey, accurately with contours, understand how they might affect your building, and hand the results and your survey notes over to a QS for further work.

I also want you to understand the difference between Latitude & Longitude and Easting & Northings,  Chapter 7 & 8 are a good into to this,

Architectural Technologists will be called upon to produce this type of broad survey many times in their career, at the least you might have to brief a survey team, at worst, you will need to do it yourself, quickly and acuratly.


Architectural Technologist – Key Maps

Use of Key PlanSo often, I work on a very large plan, and have to viewport only a portion of it, the question your going to get asked, is where is this portion in relation to the overall plan, Enter stage right, the key plan, or Key Maps

Todays picture show a large garden I mapped some time ago, you can find it on Flickr,  the whole map is two big to show at any reasonable scale, so I effectively cut it into sections, or zones and showed only a small portion, but left the zones in place. The key map shows the whole site, the zones I used, and the current zone.

If you go onto my Flickr page, you will see another key map, this time showing the elevational treatment of a building, and the position of Sections. I tend to put my key maps in the title block, I have seen them else where, but embedded into the title block means they will always be there.

The slide presentation below is now being developed to show this concept to my students.

Architectural Technologist – Fransesca Berrman receives MBE

Full shot of a MBE including the case it is gi...

Full shot of a MBE including the case it is given in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recieved a note from Adam today, and wondered what it was all about, “Francesca Berriman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists was honoured with an MBE for services to the Architectural Technology Profession.”

But he was right, well was there any doubt, Francesca has been part of MSAAT, BIAT, and CIAT since before my enrollment, she has worked hard to raise the profile of our institute often working long hours away at exhibitions, creating links with other institutes and raising our profile in the built environment, so my heart felt warmest congratulations goes to Francesca for this great honour, her award was mentioned in the same breath as Zaha Hadid’s award of Dame, see the article on BD, Can’t get any better, I jest of course.

Don’t forget, I will host a tech hangout every Thursday @ 12:30 pm, call in to chat, moan,find out something, anything to do with Architectural Technology. follow me on Google + “+stevescaysbrook”


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Architectural Technologist – CIAT pledges to support ‘micro-hydro’ energy project

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I received this great news from CIAT central office, I hope they follow up and get some photos or video, I am always pleased when things like this happen, particularly when we fund the small scale micro hydro power generation of small water falls, its excellent innovation and great charity work.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists is continuing its long-term collaboration with charity Practical Action by supporting a micro-hydro energy project in Southern Africa. The Institute works with Practical Action as part of its Climate Change Policy to provide a carbon offset programme for the travel undertaken by CIAT members and staff on behalf of the Institute.

CIAT has pledged £3500 to help fund Catalysing Modern Energy Services. This five year project seeks to improve energy access through community managed micro-hydro systems in some of the poorest parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Micro-hydro power is the small-scale harnessing of energy from falling water, such as steep mountain rivers.

CIAT President Barry Le Beuvant said ‘CIAT represents professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology, while Practical Action seeks to tackle poverty through the innovative use of technology, so we enjoy a logical relationship which benefits all concerned. Industry support for charities is understandably questioned in today’s challenging economy, but we believe that in the long term it is vital to keep up research and development in the world’s marginalised areas.’

 Practical Action Fundraising Manager Warwick Franklin said ‘we are grateful to CIAT for this generous donation and for its support and interest in our work. This is indeed wonderful news and I know that the team in Southern Africa will be delighted to know that CIAT is continuing its support of the micro-hydro work.’


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