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4 MAR 2019

Why I love being a building surveying apprentice

Jordanne Wilson, building surveying apprentice at Savills, gives us a snapshot into the varied world of surveying.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Jordanne will show off the exciting start to her surveying career on our Instagram page, as she and other apprentices take over our channel to show you how the industry is fulfilling their potential.

Great career moments already

When I first started I was tasked with was producing a design specification for a small refurbishment in an office building. Months later, with designs finished, suppliers satisfied, and specifications set, I visited the office and saw my it for real – exactly as I'd designed on paper. I was so proud of my contribution and playing my part in a much larger scheme of works.

Receiving Distinctions in my Level 3 course with UCEM was a great achievement also, and though it's not strictly related to my job, being able to buy and renovate my first house at 18 is one of the greatest projects I've taken on.

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Jordanne Wilson

Surveyors, no matter what their discipline, shape the built environment and as the latest generation of surveyors, we have the power to improve the industry by developing a more sustainable future through the projects we work on and how we run them.

The best bit about the job?

The amount of variety and expertise I am exposed to as an apprentice building surveyor is extraordinary: seeing projects from the design stage at the beginning through to completion; and being on-site instead of stuck in the office are some of the best aspects of the job.

Being on-site usually entails a site inspection or site meeting, both of which are interesting in different ways. Inspections are always a learning exercise and getting to see the theory I learn about on my course in practice is fascinating. I also like the methodical nature of inspecting, it makes you look at buildings you probably visit every day in a whole new way.

Meetings usually indicate some sort of progress, which is interesting, as you get to see project progress over a particular period and I find that really satisfying.

Making a difference to society and shaping the future

Surveyors, no matter what their discipline, shape the built environment and as the latest generation of surveyors, we have the power to improve the industry by developing a more sustainable future through the projects we work on and how we run them.

Sustainability and new technology are a huge focus in my education and it informs how I carry out my work every day by making the future of the industry and built environment a primary consideration.

We are slowly introducing new technology into our day to day inspections that will, with improvements, become a cornerstone of surveying in the future; this started with just simple pole cameras and has quickly progressed to drones and 3D modelling in construction, as well as an app that allows you to report directly from site.

Sustainability is another great example and is, by definition, about the future impacts of the decisions we make today. Most obviously in terms of environmental sustainability, looking for sustainable solutions to integrate into new and existing buildings.

When designing and specifying offices and other developments social sustainability informs every decision from layout to the scope of facilities provided, such as break-out spaces and faith rooms. Equally, economic sustainability needs to be considered to ensure the most efficient allocation and planning of resources in our construction projects.

What would you say to young people interested in surveying?

Surveying in all its forms is a varied, interesting, challenging, and fulfilling career that can have you in an office one day and navigating a listed building or live construction site the next. It is a job you can take to any country in the world and allows you to shape the landscape around you.