Topographical Land Survey Introduction
We know topographical surveys can be hard to understand, so we explain everything in this post
Article By: Tom Ayre
Last Update: October 2018
A topographical land survey (also called a land survey, topographical survey or topo survey) is a crucial part of any construction project. They note the exact location and specifications of exterior features of your property. These include human-made features (boundaries, neighbouring buildings, walkways etc.), plus smaller details (manholes, drains, fences, lamp posts, etc.) and natural features such as trees, ponds and ground contours. Land Surveys can encompass other types of surveys such as Measured Surveys, Monitoring Surveys, Setting Out Surveys and more.
Land surveyors are usually the first professionals on site; whether a project is a new tunnel, a bridge or house, contractors need surveyors to record and produce detailed drawings of the land and surrounding area.
Hate that new building you drive past every day?
Even if it’s not to your taste, every new build has been carefully planned. Furthermore, a surveyor was instrumental in allowing the architect to plan the structure to be built efficiently and fit in with the local area! Designers and engineers also rely heavily on topographical surveys. Without accurate measurements then architects, they cannot plan their projects accurately and safely, which means they can’t guarantee that they will actually be built.
Land surveyors don’t just stand outside; we also work in the office behind the scenes. We use sophisticated CAD software such as AutoCad and Microstation which allow us to map site measurements and create high quality, fully scaled 3D drawings of the project. When out in the field, our surveyors use the latest Leica technology such as Total Stations and GPS Equipment to map out an area. Our surveyors are fully trained on all necessary equipment so they can complete the job to a high standard for our clients.
Surveyors hold a very important role when it comes to a construction site – without us, the planning process would be difficult, if not impossible! It is so important to first make contact with a dependable survey company so you know your project is in good hands from the very beginning.
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We hope this was a useful introduction to topographical land surveys. If you have any questions, leave a comment – we’re always happy to assist!