How Surveyors and Engineers Work Together

surveyors and engineers

During a construction project you may often see both a surveyor and engineer present. While they have two separate jobs, they work very closely together when it comes to construction. However, it might be difficult to delineate their differing responsibilities if you’re not schooled in surveying or engineering.


In previous blog posts we have discussed the role of a surveyor in different circumstances, like settling boundary disputes. During construction projects land surveyors provide information about the site to both the engineer and architect. In most cases land surveyors come in before the beginning of a construction project to survey the land in order to provide the information needed to advise the engineer and architect to make well informed site-specific decisions. This allows the structure to be placed in the optimum location. Through the land surveyors’ explanations of the topography of land, engineers are able to plan accordingly for the entirety of the build.  

Throughout the building process the land surveyor ensures that the engineer’s plans are carried out exactly as they are supposed to. Accuracy is vital during the construction of a structure, and the surveyor works to make sure that correct measures are taking to be as accurate as possible.


While the surveyors work to know where the structure should sit on a piece of land, the engineers actually work on the structure itself. There are a variety of engineers that can be involved in a construction project from aeronautical to electrical. The different types of engineers are involved in the different specific parts of the construction process. Engineers must work closely with surveyors throughout the construction in order to be able to do their job correctly and efficiently.

As you can see, one cannot work without the other. Engineers depend on surveyors to help them make decisions throughout the construction project and guide them through the accuracy of the build. Engineers rely on the knowledge and work of the surveying all the way until the completion of the project.

If you are interested in learning more about the building process, we would love to talk with you at EDG! We have qualified surveyors and engineers that would happily help you through the entire process. Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started.