Geospatial Solutions for Tall Buildings

Geospatial Solutions for Tall Buildings

Geospatial Solutions for

Tall Buildings 

The skyline of our major cities in the UK are changing with a growth in the development of high rise buildings. London alone has 366 tall buildings and another 541 planned or under construction. From a construction and surveying perspective, the development of tall buildings in densely populated urban environments such as greater London has its challenges. From ensuring each level is constructed safely with vertical alignment around the centre point, to the monitoring of strain, load and wind conditions as each level is constructed. Not to mention the precise setting out of piles, structures and glass facades and providing valuable monitoring data on shrinkage, strain and elastic shortening.

At Murphy Surveys we recognise the logistical and structural challenges posed by high rise, complex multifaceted construction projects. Using the latest technology, sensors and expertise, we’ve worked on a range of high rise projects, using construction techniques supporting modular, prefabricated construction or rising factory or slip and jumpform concepts. We provide critical surveys and data that underpins key decision making throughout the construction lifecycle of a high rise, tall structure, providing geospatial certainty needed to work with absolute confidence.

Tall buildings

Design & Planning


• Full end to end consultancy from the initial strategy, design and planning stages to construction and facilities and asset management

• Building Information Modelling (BIM) for visual scheduling, phasing, analysis and collaboration

• Rights of light analysis to understand the impact and access to light of neighbouring buildings prior to construction

• Subsurface investigation to understand the potential impact of what’s beneath the ground and effectively plan around existing utilities infrastructure




• Guaranteeing the position of piles, structures and glass facades with our site engineering services

• Safeguarding the structural integrity of the building during construction including the raft foundation slab through monitoring load, strain and wind pressure

• Protecting the structure and daily operation of neighbouring assets

• Ensuring the accuracy of structural inclination against design and vertical alignment around the centre point

• Recording of structural parameters and informing engineers and designers on strain and weather, wind and temperature causing temporary building deformation, recording acceleration, vibration and dynamic movement

• Minimising the environmental impact of construction through dust noise and vibration monitoring

• Preserving underground integrity through geotechnical surveys during basement construction, i.e. pile in-place-inclinometers, extensometers and piezometers




• Reporting the rate of shrinkage, strain and elastic shortening through the 24/7 monitoring and analysis of axial shortening, distortion and deformation

• Safeguarding the structural integrity of aging buildings through health monitoring and photo and video inspections (aerial / UAV)

• Ensuring the calibration and daily functioning of Tuned Mass Dampers

• Validation and verification of building warranty through as-built surveys

• 3D immersive virtual reality for marketing residential and commercial space

• Creation of a digital twin and BIM for effective and efficient facilities management

• Asset protection and FM using RD tagging and tracing methods

For more information please contact:

Matthias Gropp
Head of Monitoring
0203 598 3775

London high rise skyline