A site assessment will be taking records of baseline soil. It will also be taking into account available water resources or its location for the purposes of weighing up design options. Sun and energy resources conventional and renewable will also be taken into account. Typical site assessments include assessment reports and soil web surveys. They will also include a ‘sector map’. Site assessments form the basis of a comprehensive design tool. This design tool is utilized as a foundation for all future designs on a given property. And a base map is a graphical representation that takes into account all assessment data, boundaries, soils, water features, hardscapes and existing canopies and plants.
A site assessment consultation does not need to be conducted on site. It can be carried out remotely via Skype. Through this portal, it is still possible for the site assessor to make demonstrations and even remonstrations, if necessary, with his relevant documentation, all drawn up. A site assessment workbook can be drawn up to help the client prioritize his goals and set ecological objectives. On the commercial or industrial front, due consideration can be given with assessment report recommendations, associated documents and a customized plant list, should there be a requirement thereof.
Consultancy fees are usually once-off. And should a site assessor need to visit a client’s purchased land, travel plus expenses may need to be factored in. Already, a user-friendly system is in place. Clients can visit their consultant’s website and process a functional request for work form which then gets submitted to the consultant’s desktop. On receipt, a baseline proposal or recommendation, or draft criteria could be drawn up and submitted to the client for perusal. But ideally, on site and direct face to face consultations appear to be the way to go.