Building Surveyors are more usually associated with existing building stock. We are also referred to as Building Pathologists, diagnosing and making recommendations for treatment of issues like cracking, mould, water ingress, timber rot and other defects. Making judgement on such issues is on the back of distilled knowledge of building materials, components, external impacts and forces.
Building Surveyors are educated in varying degrees of architectural design and detailing, structural engineering, construction studies, material science (chem and physics), soil mechanics, building defects, dilapidations, costing and building services. After all, in order to know what ails a building, we must understand how they are put together.