Construction Layouts

Construction staking, also known as “construction layout”, is the act of placing stakes on the ground where features are proposed to be built.

At 360 Surveying Services, our team provides fast and efficient land surveying services and to help you plan your border survey cost, as well as to establish a time frame for your project, we offer free estimates for our construction layout services. For builders, we offer special price packaging, as well. When we provide construction layouts or construction staking, we use construction plans that show the proposed location of the feature. Our team will typically be given a copy of the approved construction plans together with a digital copy, and we will then be able to lay curb stakes and building stakes, as well as grade stakes and any other information that is on the construction plans for your needs.

What is a Construction Layout Survey?

Construction layout surveys are when a contractor examines blueprints for building plans and marks the ground with stakes to identify each element of the construction site. These elements are typically the house, well site, and location of the septic system. This process is also called “construction staking” and “site layout survey.” Layout work is often started with the identification of underground features such as water lines, electric lines, and storm drains. Next, the contractor will stake any above-ground elements such as building corners or interior grid lines. To ensure that a project follows engineering and architectural design plans, the entire construction surveying and layout process takes place. 

Construction layout plans (also called job site layout plans) describe how construction will go. It includes the construction of the structure(s). It acknowledges:

  • Before construction, the investigation process begins
  • Temporary facilities such as portable toilets or a foreman’s desk are necessary during the job.
  • Material procurement management
  • Material handling, storage, and delivery
  • Keeping better site records
  • Maintain strong communication at the job site and good information flow
  • Establishing a strong coordination system between all moving parts
  • Performance monitoring

Planning a construction layout can help avoid technical issues. This also helps to save time and money.

What Areas Must Be Considered when Planning a Site Layout

Numerous areas must be considered when planning a site layout. Site layouts are designed to make construction go smoothly and prevent costly mistakes and oversight. Consider these factors when planning a site layout:

  • Safety and health
  • Site access and entry
  • Access controls and security
  • Temporary roads, pedestrian routes
  • You can use these to get to emergency routes or muster points
  • Site offices
  • Facility for welfare, subcontractors, and fabrication.
  • Parking for vehicles
  • Cranes
  • Storage and offloading
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Protection of nearby trees and buildings
  • Utility and soil locations
  • Services, communications, accommodations, and temporary services
  • Construction mock-ups, temporary and test areas
  • Signage and fencing

Although the list might seem long, it is not unusual for a site’s layout plans to change during construction. For different stages of development, multiple site layouts might be required.

What is the Layout of a Building Called?

Also known as a blueprint, a building layout is also called a blueprint. These drawings can either be a sketch or graphic designs. Engineers, architects, and designers often complete blueprints. This is when a technician transfers the building design to contractors. A building layout will give you a clear understanding of the ground surface’s foundation plan. Drawings or renderings can be used by contractors to help them position, plan, or orient the structure according to the exact definitions of the engineer, architect, or designer. The building layout blueprints are a critical component of architectural design.

What is a Construction Layout?

Construction stakes, or construction layout are an important step in the beginning stages of construction. These layouts are used to help guide the construction process and prevent costly mistakes when reading blueprints. They are used to indicate:

  • Electric features
  • Sewer lines
  • Roads
  • General building structures include homes and offices.
  • Corners marked
  • Lines of property
  • Setbacks
  • Wells
  • Piles

There are two types of layout processes:

  • Site layout construction and staking: This precise method directs physical construction
  • Rough construction and staking: This method shows site improvements including slopes or grading

The resulting layout of stakes can be used by a homeowner or contractor to speed up the construction of the project.

When are Layouts Used in Construction?

There are several situations where construction layout work may be required.

  • Setbacks close to buildings on small lots
  • Construction of a building or landscaping near a lot line
  • Near easements, buildings are being built

A vital part of any building operation is the layout, and this is especially true for complex development projects. Construction companies often have many subcontractors that need to work together in order to complete a job. With construction layout services from 360 Surveying Services, you’ll have a better understanding of the dimensions of your project and locations of your construction elements, as well as which subcontractor is responsible for each component’s correct execution. Unlicensed surveyors or those who do not use construction layouts may cause unexpected problems that could lead to project delays and additional costs because surveying and building construction require extreme precision. Your subcontractors could be in serious trouble if they are off by just a few inches or a few feet, and that’s why construction layouts are so crucial.

Different Aspects of Construction Layouts

A construction layout allows you to designate specific locations for below- and above-ground structures, and our team transfers a layout from construction drawings to the ground. This process shows boundaries, edges, walls, and other locations, providing information about the structure’s length, level, angle, and other location points. Additionally, this process will involve underground utilities, including water, electricity, storm drain, and sewer lines, and once the above-ground elements have been staked, including interior grid lines and building corners, it is time to move on to the next phase. Construction layouts ensure that contractors have a reliable and precise tool for laying out standard construction plans. This includes horizontal dimensions and elevation measurements.

Get started with Construction Layout services from 360 Surveying Services today! Contact us to learn about our pricing or to get an estimate for your project needs.

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Construction staking or site layout survey per building plans (blueprints).  We provide the following services: building layout, earthwork staking, curb layout, utility staking, project control networks, volume surveys, pre-construction services, As-Built surveys, and more upon request. With these projects we would actively providing itemized proposals and rate sheets for contractors on upcoming projects.


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