Oct 20, 2015
Avoid Hiring a Bad Surveying Company: 4 Warning Signs
Recognizing industry red flags will help you to avoid costly mistakes and complete land surveying projects on schedule and within budget. Start your project off on the right foot by avoiding these four common issues when choosing your surveying company.
1. You can’t find out who the company has worked with in the past.
A good surveying company will want to show you that it has the experience and track record to get your project done on time and within budget.
The best way for a company to prove that it has what it takes is to share the names of other trusted clients. Case studies of past work should be easily accessible online.
Do a quick check on the company’s background and history. If it has a positive reputation and is proud to be part of the local community, chances are it will be just as dependable for your project.
“We’re not just building communities, we’re living in them too.”- LN Land Development Technologies.
2. There is no process in place to make sure your project stays on time and on budget.
When dealing with the urgent deadlines and specific budgets of the energy and construction sectors, nobody likes surprises. The best surveying companies will have quality assurance processes and a system of checks and balances in place to make sure they are on track and working as effectively as possible.
When choosing a company, make sure it takes the time to discuss exactly what you need in terms of budget, equipment, and specialised services. Don’t be afraid to ask how progress will be monitored over the course of the project. A good system of quality control is what enables the best surveyors to make promises with integrity, and will give you the confidence that they will be able to deliver.
3. The surveyors don’t use the newest technology, or worse – they use it unsafely.
Surveying has been a respected profession in Alberta for decades, and the tools of the trade have changed and improved over time.
From aerial surveys to 3D laser scanning (LIDAR), the best companies will be using the latest in sophisticated global positioning systems and robotic equipment to maximize project efficiency and save you money.
Surveying companies often offer over 100 different services, each with its own specific safety requirements. To see a range of examples, explore the services offered by LN.
A great surveying company will put safety first. In Alberta, look for companies that have obtained a high rating (90% or above) from the Alberta Construction Safety Association.
4. You are not assigned a dedicated Project Manager (PM).
Given the fast pace of the construction industry, constant communication is key.
If you aren’t assigned a PM, there is a danger that your project will slip between the cracks, causing no end of headaches and problems down the road.
A good PM comes with many benefits. He or she will understand the unique needs of your project, respond quickly to any changes, identify risks early on, and keep the budget and timeline on track.
The best surveying companies will help you avoid unwanted surprises by introducing your primary contact and establishing honest, transparent, and frequent communication from day one.
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LN Land Development Technologies is one of Alberta’s fastest growing land survey companies.