It all starts with an accurate set out on day one and is the critical map for a successful build.

What is a Set out:

The Site Supervisor will carry out the “Setout” on the site. The process involves transferring the building design from a set of approved Architectural plans and literally marking them out onto the existing flooring slab like a map.  


Different colours are sprayed, matching to a legend for each trade to reference where their works is required.

Why is it important?

The set outs are the foundations to every project and are required to ensure the structure is located in the correct position and all services alignments are maintained. This crucial first step must be completed with millimetre precision and the upmost importance to ensuring a well-constructed build with every accurate detail executed.

The process:

The site Supervisor will study the drawings in detail and ensure they understand every detail and the requirements of the build. Every project is unique and often will each host their own constraints and challenges, therefore the supervisor is responsible at the time of reviewing the site and commencing Setout’s, to raising any concerns to the Project Manager.

Once we have taken site possession of the tenancy,  we will begin the project by creating the RL (reference line) at the decided height or elevation above the point adopted as the site datum, for the purpose of establishing levels. Our team are seen here setting up a laser level and marking out the RL at the 1m and 1500mm high from the existing slab.  

The architectural drawing file is referenced in CAD file format to work out the starting point when making their first mark. Often this point would be the centre of entry doors or a feature spot in the retail sales area of a shop fit out project marking the first grid line. The location of the line is accurately marked, and lines will be put down from the starting point working out to the boundaries of the tenancy, in accordance with project drawings and specifications.

Measurement’s are double checked, and areas are labelled for ease of reference for all on site.