ALTA Survey ? Determine the Present and Future Situation of Your Land

Posted by Calvada on August 4th, 2016

Land surveying has become one of the biggest needs in the construction industry. With commercial and personal purposes for constructing a building, you need to know how much can the land take. Working with land surveyors, you also come to know what kind of work your land needs and how best to get it done.

Land surveying determines aspects like improvements and rights-of-way and other factors that impact land ownership. The future of the land can also be determined with this data. One of the most widely adopted land surveying methods follows the ALTA surveying standards. It is usually done for commercial purposes, and there is a uniform code set for conducting the surveys. ALTA surveys provide a number of benefits to the current or potential land owner.

  • Risk Assessment: ALTA surveys ensure that they check the land out for any potential hazards and how to be prepared for the same. For instance, if the land is on top of a known fault-line, it might not be feasible to construct tall buildings or large commercial buildings on the plot. It will also let you prepare by adopting anti-earthquake measures.
  • Boundary Demarcation: You’ll get all the information you need about the boundaries and the easements of the property. This information is required to for zoning laws and to understand the setback requirement.
  • Improvements: ALTA surveyors understand the land better that the constructors. They can help you decide how the land can be utilized in the future and give suggestions as to what the land is best suited for such as roads, fences, trails and more. This will further determine how you need to construct on your property.
  • Information: Sometimes the land can reveal more about the property than you would have imagined. You might need to conduct further investigations on the property or the land in case of adverse property rights before you invest in construction.
  • Ownership: As an owner, you are entitled to know everything about the land for as long as you own it. ALTA surveying might bring out a lot of improvements, easements, encroachments and other aspects of the property that you might not be aware of. It also evaluates the benefits of owning the property so you know exactly how much it can cost in the future.
  • Construction: Apart from abiding by the country zoning laws and setback requirements, ALTA surveys figure out the height requirement of the property as well. This is extremely beneficial in the future as you will know exactly how much the land can withstand.

Working with ALTA surveys will guarantee you more accurate data and faster results than regular surveying. The information is also highly detailed and can be presented to banks for insurance proofs, claims, security and more.

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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