As-built survey plans Auckland

Realserve is one of Auckland’s leading providers of as-built survey plans tailored to the specific need of a retail, commercial or industrial property. The surveyors at Realserve have been creating as-built floor plans for many years. It is a surveyed floor plan drawing that provides all the details of a building structures ‘as-built’ at that point in time vs what was originally built.

As-built survey plans in Auckland

At Realserve, we are passionately committed to offering bespoke surveying solutions that are aligned to your requirements. Our as-built survey plans serve as foundational tools for architects, engineers, and construction professionals, offering a detailed blueprint of existing structures, aiding in informed decision-making and seamless execution of renovation, refurbishment, or expansion projects.

Outlining the as-built conditions means the floor plan shows exactly what is currently on a property, including;

  • Fit-out
  • Base building
  • Services
  • All walls, doors, windows or columns.
  • Wall types such as brick, concrete block, plasterboard, etc.

Our surveying team in Christchurch or Auckland can visit any site to conduct the required surveying in order to produce as-built plan documentation.


What is an as-built condition floor plan?

An as-built floor plan is a drawing that provides all the details of a building structure. This information allows you to understand what you can or cannot change about a site and means all floor plan users do not need to visit the site as all the information is collected and recorded on the drawing with very high levels of detail. This saves precious time and money when trying to manage a property especially if it is being leased for different uses over time.

An as-built floor plan can be used by anyone across the country as it is a true representation of the building structure on-site at that given time. A completed building barely corresponds exactly to the details of original plans because of;

  • Unforeseen on-site complications during construction
  • Variations from the original plans that are decided after sign off.
  • Changes made to the property as it is used for different purposes over time

With nearly 20 years of experience our team delivers incredible accuracy and precision with our as-built plans suitable for architects, real estate agents, project managers, building managers or designers. We can give you exactly what you need to complete your project, whether it be the process of developing, altering, or marketing a retail, commercial or industrial property.

Why are as-built survey plans used?

As-built survey plans are the cornerstone for most renovation projects. These plans, often a prerequisite and sometimes a strategic choice, pave the way for a renovation process that is efficient, accurate, and in harmony with the architectural limitations of a site;

1. Understanding the Existing Structure:
In-depth Analysis: As-built survey plans offer a detailed insight into the existing structure’s dimensions, layout, and architectural elements.
Structural Integrity: They help in assessing the structural integrity and identifying any potential weaknesses or issues that need addressing during the renovation.

2. Planning and Design:
Blueprint: Serving as an accurate blueprint, these plans are instrumental for architects and designers in creating renovation models that are both aesthetically and structurally sound.
Customization: The plans aid in tailoring design solutions to the specific attributes and constraints of the existing building.

3. Legal and Regulatory Compliance:
Zoning Laws: In Auckland, as-built plans are crucial in ensuring renovations adhere to local zoning laws, building codes, and regulations.
Permit Acquisition: They facilitate the swift acquisition of necessary permits, ensuring the renovation progresses without legal hindrances.

4. Budgeting and Cost Estimations:
Financial Planning: By providing detailed information on the building’s structure, as-built survey plans aid in accurate cost estimations and budgeting.
Resource Allocation: They ensure optimal resource allocation, preventing wastage and unforeseen expenses.

5. Construction and Execution:
Guidance: Construction teams rely on as-built plans for guidance, ensuring renovations are executed with precision.
Problem Mitigation: They help anticipate and mitigate potential problems, ensuring a smooth and efficient renovation process.

6. Quality Assurance and Safety:
Quality Standards: The plans ensure that renovations meet the highest quality standards, reflecting Auckland’s architectural excellence.
Safety Protocols: They are instrumental in implementing safety protocols, ensuring the well-being of construction personnel and future occupants.

As-built reflected ceiling plan (RCP) in Auckland

In Auckland’s architectural and construction landscape, an as-built reflected ceiling plan (RCP) serves as an invaluable resource for various professionals involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings.

Definition and Key Features:
An RCP as-built in the context of Auckland architecture is a graphical representation that illustrates a building’s ceiling as if it was reflected onto a mirror placed on the floor. It provides a detailed bird’s eye view of the ceiling’s structural and aesthetic elements, including lighting fixtures, vents, sprinklers, and other installed features.

What is included in an as-built RCP:

  • Lighting Layout: Depicts the arrangement and type of lights installed, essential for ensuring adequate illumination and compliance with energy efficiency standards.
  • HVAC Elements: Indicates the placement of air conditioning vents, heating systems, and other HVAC components.
  • Fire Safety Systems: Shows the positioning of sprinklers, smoke detectors, and other fire safety installations.
  • Acoustic and Aesthetic Features: Details the arrangement of acoustic panels, decorative elements, and other features impacting the ceiling’s aesthetics and functionality.

An as-built RCP is instrumental in planning ceiling renovations, offering detailed insights into the existing layout and installations.It aids architects and designers in integrating new features seamlessly with existing elements, ensuring aesthetic cohesion and functional efficiency. For contractors, an RCP as-built serves as a guide for precise execution of renovation plans, minimising errors and ensuring quality outcomes. In Auckland, renovations must adhere to strict building codes. An RCP as-built ensures that changes to the ceiling comply with legal and safety regulations.

As-built elevations plan in Auckland

An as-built elevation plan is an essential document in Auckland’s architectural, construction, and real estate sectors. It provides a detailed visual representation of a building’s exterior after the construction is completed, showcasing intricate details, modifications, and real-world measurements that may not have been present in the initial architectural drawings.

These plans include precise measurements of the building’s height, width, and depth, detailing the exact dimensions after construction. They provide insights into the types and textures of materials used in the exterior finishes, offering a comprehensive view of the building’s aesthetic and structural elements. As-built elevation plans showcase the exact placement and dimensions of windows, doors, and other openings, crucial for renovations, maintenance, and regulatory compliance.

Uses for an as-built survey plans in Auckland

As-built survey plans for renovations
Getting an as-built floor created is a critical element at the design stage of any renovation or refurbishment so that any contractor assigned to working on the site is working from the same information. An as-built plan can be used to plan, quote and implement renovations to a site.

Relying on original plans may not account for alterations or differences to the actual building originally constructed and therefore it can be impossible to use them to plan renovations, refurbishments or to help let a site to a new tenant.


As-built survey plans for industrial sites
You might want to update your machinery configuration or refurbish your racking for future growth potential.
We add grid line dimensions, heights to the underside of column to beam intersections, roof sheet heights, along with other base building features to let you plan and design without requiring multiple visits to site.


As-built survey plans for commercial buildings
Commercial fit-outs of an existing tenancy can give you information such as previous tenants, walls, doors and glazing. This information will allow you the complete freedom to effectively utilise the space to maximise things such as meeting rooms, desk areas and more.

Uses for an as-built survey plans in Auckland

We utilise the latest surveying technology to capture our data. Using the latest CAD software programs everything is captured and processed accurately to start producing our plans. The equipment we use is state of the art, ranging from traditional total stations to 3D laser scanning or RPA (drone). We only use the latest software tools including AutoCAD & Revit.

Once our plans are drafted they go through an intensive QA process via an independent audit to ensure that what we have captured is delivered to the highest levels of accuracy possible.

In summary;

  • Initial consultation to ensure we can meet your needs.
  • Agree on a scope of work.
  • A site visit is organised with one of our qualified technicians with the necessary data collection equipment.
  • All data is then processed via our team located in one of our offices around the Country.
  • All plans or drawings are then independently reviewed via our QA process.
  • All deliverables are then created for viewing in PDF, AutoCAD or Revit.

We also have the ability to create a 3D scan or virtual tour of your property to create a fully interactive model of a site.

Examples of our as-built survey plans

See some of our case studies

See some of our case studies

The as-built survey method involves the precise documentation of the actual dimensions and elements of a structure upon completion of construction. It’s a process that captures the “as-is” state of the building, detailing any deviations or modifications made during the construction phase, different from the initial architectural and engineering designs.

Key Components and Steps Involved in the As-Built Survey Method:

1. Preparation:
Document Review: Examination of initial architectural and engineering plans.
Equipment Gathering: Assembling tools and technologies required for precise measurement and documentation.

2. Data Collection:
Field Measurement: On-site measurement of the building’s dimensions, including walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural elements.
Feature Documentation: Documentation of structural features, installations, and fixtures.

3. Technology Integration:
Laser Scanning: Often, laser scanners are used to capture detailed and accurate data of the structure.
Photographic Documentation: Use of photographs to capture visual data for reference.

4. Data Processing:
Data Compilation: Gathering and organising the collected data for analysis.
CAD Integration: Incorporation of data into Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software for detailed drawings.

5. Analysis and Validation:
Comparative Analysis: Comparing the as-built data with initial plans to identify any deviations or alterations.
Validation: Validating the accuracy of the data collected to ensure it accurately represents the final structure.

6. Creation of As-Built Drawings:
Detailed Drawings: Developing detailed as-built drawings that represent the exact dimensions, elements, and features of the completed structure.
Annotations: Adding notes and annotations to highlight specific features or deviations.

7. Report Generation:
Comprehensive Reports: Creating comprehensive reports that detail the findings, including any modifications from the original plans.
Recommendations: Offering recommendations or insights for future reference, maintenance, or renovations.

8. Delivery to Stakeholders:
Stakeholder Review: Delivering the as-built drawings and reports to stakeholders for review and approval.
Record Keeping: Storing the documents as a permanent record for future reference, maintenance, renovations, or legal requirements.

1. Accuracy and Precision:
Detail-Oriented: As-built surveys provide highly detailed and accurate representations of buildings post-construction.
Real-Time Data: They capture the exact dimensions and alterations made during construction, ensuring real-time accuracy.

2. Compliance and Legal Safety:
Documentation: Serves as a concrete documentation for regulatory compliance and inspections.
Legal Safety: Help in mitigating legal disputes related to construction specifications and agreements.

3. Enhanced Communication:
Stakeholder Engagement: Facilitate enhanced communication among architects, engineers, contractors, and owners.
Clarification: Provide clarity and detailed insights into the finished structure, minimising ambiguities.

4. Resource Optimization:
Cost-Efficiency: Aid in efficient planning and execution of future renovations and repairs, saving costs.
Resource Allocation: Enable optimised allocation of resources based on the precise documentation of existing structures.

5. Risk Mitigation:
Safety Measures: Contribute to identifying potential safety risks and areas of improvement in the structure.
Quality Assurance: Ensure that the building meets the quality standards, reducing the risks associated with structural flaws.

6. Future Renovations and Expansions:
Planning Base: Serve as a foundational base for planning renovations, extensions, or modifications.
Design Integration: Help in integrating new designs seamlessly, ensuring architectural and structural coherence.