Land Surveyors in Los Angeles and Their Responsibilities

Posted by Calvada on January 27th, 2016

Land surveyors are professionals you can hire to measure land and mark boundaries. The basic duties of a land surveyor include measuring properties that are being purchased or sold, locating utilities, roads, and buildings for developers, and measuring the exact limits of a mining claim. Locations are marked on maps that are then collectively referred to as 'surveys'. It is always prudent to hire land surveyors in Los Angeles when embarking on a new construction or developmental project in the city. 

Surveyors play an extremely important role in land development in Los Angeles. They are involved in all stages—from planning of land subdivisions to the construction of roads, landscaping, and utilities. The primary measurements they produce are used by architects to make the most the landscape during the design process, and by engineers to safely plan structures.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics further defines the duties of land surveyors in Los Angeles as well as their responsibilities. According to the bureau, surveyor duties include recording the directions, angles, and distances between two points on the ground based on certain benchmarks as the starting point. A surveyor may use a transit for some jobs, but he or she can also rely on newer technologies—such as global positioning system (GPS)—to ascertain specific locations. 

Seasoned land surveyors in Los Angeles can meticulously delineate boundaries of interest using public records sourced in land offices, as well as by conducting on-site surveys to provide a more legal description of the property. A device that displays geographic information lets them create layered and highly detailed maps of the results to reveal and pinpoint soil conditions, all easements, and the existing structures on the parcel of land. Surveys are recorded and filed in public repositories for later reference. 

A practicing land surveyor can provide property interpretation, evaluation, and description, define property corner and line locations, determine vertical and horizontal control, and come up with accurate topographic land survey data. They can help in creating construction layouts for projects where easements, rights of way, and easements may play a huge part in the layout and location. It is recommended that you hire a licensed land surveyor, with at least two decades of surveying experience in Los Angeles. 

About the Author: 

Armando Dupont, a professional land surveyor started his career in surveying in 1977 and has extensive experience in managing personnel and projects. His experience includes: topographic mapping, boundary surveys and analysis, construction and control surveying, preparation of tract and parcel maps, earth work calculation and quantities, targeting and control for photogrammetric, and land title surveys in accordance with the American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Mr. DuPont founded Calvada Surveying, Inc. in 1989 and is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the State of California.

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