Site survey and inspection. It might seem daunting, or exciting, or even scary. Sometimes what it takes to understand and know what is happening on the ground level is to be exactly there – on the ground. Charged with such a task, our CAD/BIM Engineer Mohamad Mustakim offers his 7 tips for conducting site survey and inspection.
- Understand the site plan
Read and understand the site plan thoroughly and pin point the exact desired location that you are heading to.
- Proper gear/equipment
Ensure that safety helmet, vest and boots are to be worn properly before heading out to the site. Equipment such as torchlight, measuring tape, body harness and safety goggles are to be carried along if necessary and at all times, do not leave them lying around on-site when not in use.
Familiarize and understand your service Code of Practice (CP), Building Code Act (BCA) or Singapore Standards (SS)
Eg. Fire Protection System
CP 55 – Portable Fire Extinguishers
CP 52 – Automatic Fire Sprinkler System
CP 10 – Automatic Fire Alarm System
SS575 – Fire Hydrant Systems and Hosereel (formerly CP 29)
- Be aware of your surroundings
Be wary of the surroundings and dangers. As the site-project is on-going, the lighting may be poor. Therefore, being equipped with a torchlight is essential for doing site inspections.
- Have a plan
Plan out the things you need to do.
Eg. Make sure you have the proper drawings/documents required for site inspection.
– Be prepared to take the dimension or distance of equipment/devices installed on site as it may not be the same as indicated in the drawing and may require some co-ordination work with other services to achieve the contract requirements and solve any discrepancy issues.
– Take note of details of the required area. Best to bring along your camera and snap away.
– Take notes and write down the required detail with a rough sketch for clearer understanding and better visualization.
- Do not assume
If you are unsure, or in doubt, do not make assumptions. Check with the project or site engineers for further clarification and help. As all projects are on a critical timeline, it must be done with precision, speed and given the best workmanship. Having to rework due to assumptions is definitely a no-no.
- Safety first
Do not risk your life in a 50-50 situation. Be sure that all safety precautions have been taken into consideration before proceeding with your work. If possible, work in a buddy system.