Guest article from Edwin Bartlett, Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Kykloud
Some also argue that the use of mobile technology will stifle the job of a surveyor and will negatively impact on the overall quality of surveys produced. A common gripe is that the technology means that surveyors spend too much time ‘looking down and not up’ but I would say that an iPad is no different to a notebook from that perspective except that with drop-down fields, inbuilt camera and touch screen technology, surveyors spend less time looking down, giving them more time to observe the assets they are surveying.
Building surveyors, for example, are highly skilled, well educated professionals, who have trained over a number of years to be able to assess and manage property portfolios and this knowledge and expertise will never be replaced by a piece of software and an iPad? The use of mobile technology will always require the knowledge and experience of a trained surveyor, but the ability to produce data led reports at the touch of a button allows surveyors and asset managers to make detailed recommendations based on factual data and statistics in a fraction of the time.
Far from stifling the role of the surveyor, software should enhance and improve what he/ she can offer. Feedback from our clients say it does just that; the right technology forces consistency across multiple surveys and surveyors, which in turn dramatically improves the quality of data extracted across building portfolios and estates. To date, the changes in mobile surveying technology have been device manufacture driven. However, now this technology is in the hands of more and more surveyors, it will be interesting to see how the industry will drive the technology forward.
Edwin Bartlett, Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Kykloud - www.kykloud.com