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Construction : Preliminary Investigations Location and Site Selection

Construction : Preliminary Investigations Location and Site Selection | CPD Accredited | 10 CPD Points/Credits

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Study method
10 hours · Self-paced
No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Preliminary Investigations Location and Site Selection

In construction projects of all sizes, each phase carries equal importance. However, getting things off to the strongest possible start can and will influence everything that happens thereafter. It’s the decisions made during these early stages that will determine if the project succeeds and to what extent. Initial investigations and considerations must be afforded total priority for as long as necessary, to ensure the right decisions are made. In many contexts, it is often said that location is everything. In construction management, quite simply nothing matters more than these initial location considerations.

Explore the functions, the mechanics and the importance of strategic preliminary investigations with this targeted tutorial. Learn how to select locations in accordance with building types, zoning, topographical considerations and key climactic issues. Study a breakdown of the professional environmental impact study (EIS), how to work with geological/topographical data, site hydrology and factors that may affect exploration of potential sites.


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Standards Office

Course media


Preliminary Investigations Location and Site Selection


  • Describe the classification of different types of buildings for planning and design.
  • Understand the Criteria for Location and Site Selection.

Programme Content


  • Types of Buildings
  • Zoning and Other Factors
  • Environmental Impact Study (EIS)
  • Basic Requirements
  • Climatic Considerations
  • Topographic Considerations
  • Topographical Data
  • Geological Data
  • Structure of Rock
  • Construction at Rock Sites
  • Hydrology of the Sites
  • Factors affecting Site Exploration

Course Benefits:

  • Full Tutor Support
  • Self paced, no fixed schedules
  • Available to students anywhere in the world
  • 24/7 Access to the LMS ( Learning Management System )
  • Easy to understand quality e-learning study materials

Course Material

All course materials are included in the course price. All your study material will be available on our learning management system for which you will get access once you are enrolled. The material can be downloaded and printed as well.

Our distance learning course materials are specially written for home study and contain a wealth of knowledge in easy to understand language. We use variety of media to help you learn. Your course may use any of the following different media which you can use from home or where ever you choose to study:

  • Online course materials
  • Question papers
  • Additional Supporting Material
  • Useful Links

Course assessment

You will be continually assessed throughout the course. Your assignment will be marked by your tutor and independently moderated. The feedback on your assignment will then be sent to you. On receipt of this, you may wish to contact your tutor to discuss the feedback.

Tutor Support

When you enrol on a course with Brentwood Open Learning College you are allocated your personal tutor. Tutor’s help and support will be available throughout your studies with the college. He/she will assess your work and will provide you with regular feedback on your progress.

Who is this course for?

  • Managers, supervisors and team leaders
  • Construction workers seeking for CPD
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Staff working in construction industry and wishing to enhance their CVs


No prior knowledge is required to take this course.

*Note: This CPD Unit is offered on special discounted price on REED only and does not include awarding body accreditation charges. At the end of the unit, learner can claim CPD Accredited certificate by paying £35 accreditation fee and postal charges (£9 for UK students, £15 for outside UK).

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Alex Dodd asked:

Does this course come with a certificate on completion.


Dear Alex, On course completion, we will send you the course completion certificate through email. However, if you need the hard copy of the certificate then you have to pay £35 for Uk and £40 for the non-UK students.

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