A Sneak Peek at Land Surveying and Development Services

Posted by Calvada on July 10th, 2017

Hiring a professional land surveying service speeds up the all-important process of measuring land properties and acquiring accurate data that can and will affect their current and future value. Finding a reputable land survey firm ensures the precision and quality of the results and reports that these surveys return, making it an important investment on top of your actual acquisition of the property. Land survey firms lend their services to different types of clients, industries, and sectors, with differing needs, ranging from engineering to real estate development, telecommunications, and even environmental industries. Their services can be classified into major categories including:

  • Surveying and mapping – Under this category are land title surveys and 3D laser scanning. ALTA/ACSM land title surveys can and should only be conducted by an approved and duly certified surveying firm, following a set of uniform and standard code for purposes like construction and similar developments. Land title surveys or due diligence surveys are also commissioned to provide accurate information on country zoning laws, setback requirements, as well as property height requirements. High definition 3D laser scanning, on the other hand, makes use of cutting edge land surveying software and equipment, which provide a speedier and more accurate means of surveying or mapping land. 3D surveys are especially useful for project developers, architects, and builders, particularly when dealing with land that has previously been or is being examined for renovation, demolition, remodeling, or similar purposes.

  • Telecom surveys – The second category of land surveying service is specific to telecommunication industries. Telecom surveys cover various types of land surveys including as-built surveys, construction staking, 1-A/2-C FAA certifications, site walks, legal descriptions and exhibits of lease areas, rooftop surveys, cell site certification, geodetic control, and tower mapping. Telecom surveys may also come in the form of topographic surveys, which are commonly used to map and identify ground contours along with existing features of the land both on the surface and slightly below the earth.

  • Environmental surveys – The third and final classification of land survey falls under environmental surveys, which include tasks like well monitoring, geotracker reporting, boundary and as-built surveys, topographic surveys, earth quantity calculations, and construction staking. It is critical that environmental surveys be done only by qualified and trained professionals who can accurately and skillfully conduct these complex tasks with the help pf high definition surveying equipment, in conjunction with proven surveying methods and strategies, and other helpful tools. 

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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