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BMS offer a simple one stop shop for all 3d scanning and data processing requirements to provide clients with the most accurate data possible be it a small composite part for the aerospace industry with high accuracy requirements through to large lad surveys over several acres using the very latest technology.


  • Topographical Surveys
  • Underground Utility Surveys
  • Measured Building Surveys
  • HDS Laser Scanning
  • 3D Modelling
  • Rights of Light Surveys
  • Legal Mapping / Boundary Surveys
  • Setting Out
  • Site Control
  • Vertical Control
  • Volume Calculations
  • As-Built Surveys
  • Concrete Tendon / Rebar Scanning

BMS Design Ltd conduct measured surveys for leading developers, design consultants, architects, engineers, agents and other property professionals across the United Kingdom and Europe. Our experience, technical knowledge and commercial understanding makes us a key member of the consultant team. The effective use of the very latest technology underpins all our services, ensuring fast, reliable, accurate data capture that meets the specific objectives of our client’s projects.


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Measuring buildings to identify key structural elements, areas and layouts is part of the specialised role of the measured building survey. Recording and documenting historic buildings and buildings of architectural significance is also vital to preserve the culture of the world’s cities.

We work closely with architects, planners, developers, designers, agents, engineers and other property professionals to produce 3D models, reports, plans, elevations and sections of the highest standard. We bring innovative measurement solutions to the team, enhanced by our laser scanning capabilities, and our work is central to the success of every project.

Measured building surveys

These provide detailed internal and external plans, sections and elevations. Consultation with our surveyors ensures that all plans are prepared to meet your precise requirements. From experience is essential to cross check and reference all components of a measured survey, providing peace of mind to the development team and allowing them to work in confidence.

Whilst on site, we aim to record additional information and detail to assist the development team with crucial decisions. Using the latest 3D laser scanners, BMS is less intrusive, faster and more cost-effective.

Right of light surveys

Alongside planning, Rights of Light (rol) is the largest constraint on development potential in the United Kingdom. A measured survey is the only way to provide an accurate and conclusive view of the Rights of Light implications for any proposed development. With experience in this field, BMS continues to work alongside the leading rol consultant companies and has been involved in many of the most prestigious developments in the UK.

Our experience on these projects means that our surveyors have an in-depth understanding of exactly what is required for the analysis and ensures that all the required detail is captured and included. Our expertise in data capture and modelling, our knowledge of the subject and our experience ensures that the 3D models delivered by us flow seamlessly into the rol Consultants software and workflows.


Accurate and independent area reporting is required for planning, evaluation, rating and property management. We are often engaged by property agents and developers to produce area report to International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) or for Net Internal, Gross Internal and Gross External Area reports compliant with the RICS Code of Measurement Practice.

We understand the importance of fast turnaround and working closely with the agents involved to ensure a consistent and accurate interpretation of the codes. The accuracy, quality and high standard of presentation make our reports unique and sought after by property professionals and developers.

We are confident in our Quality Assurance procedures, which are ISO 9001 accredited and provide a Duty of Care for projects undertaken to afford peace of mind.

Heritage documentation

The accurate recording, detailed documentation and faithful reproduction of the unique features of our irreplaceable architectural, artistic and landscape heritage is a key element in the conservation, protection and enhancement of the historic environment in a sustainable regeneration setting.

BMS, with its use of advanced high definition 3D Laser Scanning, photography and modelling technology, and a team of dedicated and highly experienced preservation specialists, have built an enviable reputation as one of the very best survey documentation companies. With a track record of excellence gained working on projects ranging from Grade 1 Listed buildings to individual sculptured figures of international significance, you can rely on us to provide the depth of knowledge and technical expertise to whatever challenge your project may present.

Facade elevations

A building’s elevations are regularly produced for Rights of Light, planning and architectural purposes. The level of detail will vary depending on the intended use or the status of the façade. Using a state of the art 3D laser scanner, we can prepare detailed elevations of complex façades to various levels of detail depending on the intended use.

This method also ensures that additional detail can be added to the façade drawings at a later stage without the need to return to site to take further measurements. In addition, we can determine verticality of the façade from the comprehensive data captured.

Lease plans

We are often asked to produce lease plans for individual properties and areas within buildings to compliment our Area Reporting services. These are compiled in accordance with Land Registry guidance and placed on an Ordnance Survey backdrop. These are essential and graphically define the extents of usage of existing rights as described within lease agreements.

3d engineering surveys

In this field precision, accuracy and timing are critical to the success of any project and cannot be compromised. BMS’s acute understanding of the science of measurement and achievable tolerances makes us an invaluable partner for your engineering requirements. Our qualified, trained and experienced staff are CSCS accredited and understand Health and Safety and the complexity of working on active construction sites.

Whether you require the documentation of Mechanical and Electrical plant (MEP) in Building Information Models (BIM), assessment of complex structural arrangements or the monitoring of deformation within buildings, BMS’s comprehensive and reliable data instills confidence and provides peace of mind. As such, we are involved throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance of civil and engineering projects.

  • Documentation of MEP in BIM
  • Verticality Check
  • Lift Shaft Surveys
  • Terrain & Drainage Analysis
  • Volumetric Calculations
  • Setting Out

Documentation of MEP in BIM

In today’s world of intelligently designed buildings, with the ever increasing emphasis on efficiency and integration of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services, the need for accurate assessment of the existing systems within a retained structure has never been more important.

BMS has taken the skills and experience learned from creating accurate and detailed 3D building models for architects and engineers and developed services aimed at recording the location and geometry of the existing facilities within a building in a manner that allows MEP specialists to add the intelligence such as purpose, function and capacity specific to each modelled service. This provides tremendous advantages and cost savings when designing the integration of new systems


Setting out

Engineering surveying is fast paced and requires experienced surveyors who can operate in stressful and busy environments to tight deadlines. In this area, precision, accuracy and timing are critical to the success of the project and cannot be compromised.

All our surveyors are CSCS accredited and understand the implications and Health and Safety requirements of working on an active site. Our understanding of the built environment, experience in the art of measurement and use of the latest technology make us well suited to this task. The setting out of site or building gridlines as well as datum’s in an essential part of the construction phase and is a used to define outlines for excavations as well as structural locations. Following setting out and construction we are also often commissioned to document “as built” conditions and establish compliance with contractual agreements and plans.

Volumetric calculations

Volumetrics is useful for any project where shaping and shifting ground profiles is required. 3D topographic surveys are used to determine volumes of stockpiles and changes in ground surfaces (cut and fill areas). Monitoring ground terrain over time can provide valuable information on subsidence and settlement for geotechnical engineers. Once recorded, all of this data is analysed in various software packages to assist the design team and provide important information for decision-making and risk assessment. On-going surveys can be undertaken to assess impact as the development progresses.

Verticality check

Determining whether a building’s façade is vertical can be a crucial element in the potential re-development of an existing structure. BMS’s use of an array of remote sensing equipment such as 3D Laser Scanners and precise non-contact instrumentation can provide the design team with accurate and quantified information to enable decisions to be made with certainty and confidence.

Single visit measurements can provide a graphical snapshot of current conditions, or repeat measurements can be incorporated into a holistic assessment of evolving movements as part of a deformation study. Our experience and understanding of building analysis makes BMS an integral and invaluable part of the refurbishment process. In particular these checks are essential to provide understanding and certainty for the preservation and retention of listed facades that are included in a redevelopment scheme.

Lift shaft surveys

Traditional measured building surveys often leave the critical internal dimensions of lift shafts and voids as “un-surveyed” or “unable to access”, however, BMS’s team of skilled surveyors equipped with the latest 3D Laser Scanners are able to provide vital information within areas that have been traditionally difficult or unsafe to access. Detailed internal information is often require within the lift shafts as redevelopment schemes seek to improve vertical circulation to building and to comply with updates to planning laws.

Working closely with Facilities Managers and their appointed lift engineers, BMS have provided documentation on numerous lift shafts, allowing new plant and machinery to be designed and installed to the very tightest constraints with the assurance of precise measurement and safe operational methodology.

Terrain and drainage analysis

Having a detailed and comprehensive 3D survey from BMS allows more than just an appreciation of the features and layout of a site. Our skilled technicians and 3D modelling software enables us to interpret, analyse and understand the environment we have measured enabling us to provide strategic advice on such diverse applications as airport runway ponding zones and paving resurfacing interfaces at construction boundaries.  Terrain Analysis through the use of Digital Elevation Models (DEM’s) makes it possible to achieve a qualitative and quantitative definition of landforms and how this interacts with the built environment and engineering applications. Visualisation of terrain models also provide a key to understanding these critical interfaces of man-made features with the surface of the earth.

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