Land Survey


AAM Survey has more than 50 years’ experience in providing consultancy survey services to government agencies, the construction industry, heavy industry, the resources sector, and land and property developers. Our surveyors use the latest survey techniques and technology supported by a full suite of application software and computing facilities. This includes terrestrial laser scanners, laser trackers, mobile laser scanners, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, plus traditional robotic total stations and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers.

AAM sets the benchmark in survey and geospatial solutions. Our deep industry experience, coupled with knowledge of the latest survey technologies and methods, means we can provide a cost-effective solution that produces the best outcomes for you. Our multi-disciplinary expertise delivers a breadth of services. This includes cadastral title definition, construction surveying, precise engineering surveying, structure monitoring programs, site scanning, and 3D visualisation for detailed modelling of heritage buildings and industrial brownfields, as-built and whole city modelling. This is further enhanced by our ability to provide spatial products via the cloud.

AAM Survey capabilities fall within three broad categories:

surveyors on site Melbourne construction set-out

Surveyors onsite for construction set out, Melbourne.

Resource Availability

The land survey team comprises more than 80 survey professionals from AAM’s Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Whyalla and Wollongong offices. Staff can be rapidly deployed to meet time critical projects as they hold certificates in both generic and site-specific safety training.

Land Surveying

AAM has a proven history in providing land survey services.

Prior to any development works commencing, AAM conducts site surveys and processes data to produce:

  • Feature and contour surveys that detail the form of the terrain, existing surface infrastructure and document underground services in 3D formats
  • 3D datasets for engineering and architectural design development of the existing landscape, the built environment, services infrastructure and neighbourhood context

As a project proceeds, land surveying services include:

  • Dilapidation surveys that inspect sites near proposed construction works. We use still photography and video imagery to document existing faults or damage to surrounding buildings, roads, pathways, major trees and services
  • Property Council of Australia (PCA) lease area surveys for retail shopping centres, commercial buildings, industrial buildings and showrooms
  • Cadastral or legal title surveys and leases that define boundaries and subdivide land, buildings, mining tenements and special purpose crown leases. We also provide land identification surveys for encroachments, easements, leases or restrictive covenants
  • Construction surveys, comprising precise set out and life-of-project monitoring

Our survey skills contributed to the success of these major projects:

  • Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre—Perth
  • Emporium—Melbourne
  • HMAS Lonsdale, subdivision 200 apartments—Port Melbourne
  • QV Project, 600 apartments and 1800 car parks—Melbourne
  • No. 1 Adelaide Terrace—Perth
  • 363 George Street—Sydney
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground—Melbourne
  • Cove Apartments, The Rocks—Sydney
  • NorthConnex Tunnel—Sydney
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre—Melbourne
construction survey Melbourne precise set out and life-of-project monitoring

AAM surveyors provided the full range of spatial and survey services over the life of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project.

Construction Surveying

As one of the most experienced construction survey firms in Australia, AAM is the primary survey consultant on some of the world’s landmark buildings and construction projects. This includes:

We have won multiple Excellence in Surveying awards for our work on major sporting arenas, including AAMI Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Suncorp and Metricon Stadiums in Queensland.

Our construction survey services include:

  • All aspects of precise set out for construction. From piling, in-ground service location and placement, and basement footings, to positioning of all structural elements and retention walls
  • Life-of-project monitoring of the structural performance of the building and surrounding structures
  • Coordination of all survey-related activities
laser scanning for BIM and as-built and construction surveying Sydney

Sydney's 1 Bligh Street project, which comprised a glass gridshell roof above a central atrium, utilised BIM throughout the design and construction, and relied heavily on the use of survey set-out and as-built recording. AAM supported construction firm Grocon for the entire project with surveying services.

Infrastructure Surveying

AAM’s infrastructure and heavy industry survey experience started with steel manufacturing in 1959. We now offer a broad range of survey solutions including:

  • Early works documentation data capture to support design works
  • Control establishment, with definition of project-specific coordinate systems
  • Audit survey, including full as-built models of process plant and underground service models
  • Audit and manufacturer surveys for structural steel and mechanical placement (SMP)
  • Ongoing alignment monitoring surveys for conveyors, rolling mills, gantry cranes and other equipment

Our services are also in demand on major infrastructure projects, such as:

  • Tullamarine Freeway Widening and Caulfield to Dandenong Rail corridor, Melbourne
  • Transport New South Wales rail corridors, plus Brookfield Rail and Aurizon rail upgrades, NorthConnex tunnel and Sydney Light Rail projects
  • Roe and Tonkin Highway growth optimisations, Perth
  • Ongoing maintenance and alignment optimisation upgrade for heavy haulage rail lines operated by Rio Tinto Iron Ore, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill

Our survey skills have contributed to the success of many large-scale heavy industry projects such as:

  • Iron ore expansion projects for Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group in the Pilbara region
  • Brownfields process plant upgrade as-built surveys, including Anglo Platinum Rustenburg Base Metals Refinery (South Africa)
  • BlueScope Steel No.5 blast furnace reline project (Wollongong)
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Structural alignment survey, Pilbara region.

Recent Projects

Rialto regeneration

Clients : Equiset (developer) and Built (builder)

The regeneration of Rialto, one of Melbourne’s landmark buildings, involves new construction of 5,000m² of commercial office space, complex refurbishment of the existing structure and lobby space with a state-of-the-art grid shell canopy, and a new 6-storey office building connected into the existing tower. 

Scope AAM survey services: Project Surveyors, including terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), photogrammetry, 3D modelling and visualisation, construction set out, as-builts and cadastral survey

AAM’s involvement on Melbourne’s Rialto Regeneration Project started in 2014 when the developer, Equiset, contracted AAM to perform digital scan for planning. In March 2015, Built engaged AAM as site surveyors for the project.

Working across multiple levels to achieve millimetre accuracy required innovative survey control solutions and advanced skills in surveying and laser scanning. AAM drew on the skills and experience of its team of surveyors, modellers and specialists to problem-solve during construction, and provide Equiset and its consultants a single dataset of as-builts and building models -- a consistent “single point of truth” for design. 

AAM then added additional scan data to create streetscapes, conducted complex title re-establishment and produced “water-tight” 3D models to enable 3D printing of the precinct. AAM supplied these in collaborative dealings with designers, architects and engineers.

 AAM Survey General Manager, Braith McClure, said that onsite surveyors were required to meet the day-to-day challenges of the “sophisticated and at times, challenging build”. Complex calculations were needed to optimise the location of the grid shell roof, supporting brackets and unique attachments over three stages of the build. Exceptionally tight tolerances required advanced set out and checking/validation that was unique in position and orientation at every location. “AAM’s proven complex construction surveying experience resulted in the seamless erection of the structure to its design location,” Braith notes.

Chadstone shopping centre

Client: Seele
The expansion of Chadstone shopping centre, in Melbourne, adds thousands of square metres of office and retail space. A key design feature is the free-form steel and glass gridshell roof, a 7,080 sqm steel structure with 2,672 panes of insulating glass. This complex structure flexes and moves during construction.

Scope of AAM survey services: Construction survey works, set out, as-built and monitoring
AAM’s role is to perform construction survey works, set out, as-built and advanced “dimensional control” monitoring of the massive steel and glass shell roof; verifying the glass and steel framework are constructed in the right place and monitoring the movement of the steel frame as tonnes of glass panels are inserted.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)

Client: Grocon
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a landmark $1 billion purpose-built centre for cancer research, treatment, education and care in Melbourne's Parkville medical precinct. The facility contains a 13-storey atrium, laboratories, operating theatres, education and retail spaces, and treatment rooms. A 37 metre long, 11.5 metre high double-storey bridge connects the VCCC to the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s new intensive care unit, operating theatres and procedure rooms.

Scope of AAM survey services: site surveyor for the entire life of the VCCC project
The AAM site survey team was responsible for servicing all spatial and survey needs over the life of the project. Our involvement with this project started in 2012, when, in preparation for the VCCC construction, AAM performed a terrestrial laser scan of Royal Melbourne Hospital to upgrade the accuracy of the BIM. The laser scan covered critical areas information was required for construction—increasing confidence in the BIM information in the most cost-effective manner for Grocon. The construction survey works included dilapidation surveys, scanning for modelling and BIM creation, title and cadastral surveys, construction set out, monitoring, dimensional control, survey positioning of all structural elements and documentation of as-constructed features.