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Buildings survey 


Module leader: Dav Smith


This on-site practical training module provides an introduction to the measured survey of historic buildings. It offers students practical experience of evaluating and applying the most common techniques employed for recording standing fabric. Starting from sketch planning and visual analysis, we explore a range of survey techniques including: record photography, planning by hand, stone-by-stone recording, and instrument-based survey (e.g. using total station). The final session includes an introduction to digital drawing in CAD and the production of orthographic photography through Structure-from-Motion (SfM) recording.

Note: this module is a prerequisite for ARC00071M Applied Buildings Survey.


  • To introduce students to the principles of measured buildings survey
  • To provide practical training in buildings survey by hand, photographic and instrument-based survey methods
  • To explore the processing of metric survey data in CAD and other digital applications 

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Apply the basic principles of archaeological buildings survey to an individual site
  • Execute a basic level of measured and image-based architectural survey
  • Produce a basic drawn, photographic, and digital record of a building

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