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Boundary Surveying

A boundary survey formally defines the boundary of a property. Surveyors can assist in the creation of new properties as well as determine the location of existing ones. This can only be done by a licensed professional land surveyor. A boundary survey may be needed in order to settle a dispute about the location of a property line, when building a new fence, when buying or selling a piece of property, or as part of a development project.

The cost of a boundary survey is influenced by many factors, including: the size of the property, access to property corners, age of the property, how the property was created, where the property is located, what evidence is found supporting the location of the boundary, and how that evidence fits with documents of record such as the deed for the property. 

Elevation Certificates

These are required by both government agencies and insurance companies to comply with building code regulations and assess flood risk. An Elevation Certificate lets these parties knows where a given structure is vertically in reference to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) as determined by a flood study and published by FEMA. In addition to Elevation Certificates, other FEMA-related services may apply to your specific situation such as LOMA’s and LOMR’s. We are here to help you determine what will fit your need, eligibility, and requirements.

Topographic Mapping

A topographic map is one that depicts the features of the ground. It can include things like trees, buildings, utilities, sidewalks, streets, driveways, etc and can be either 2 or 3 dimensional. Land surveyors specialize in providing highly accurate topographic maps that are generally used to assist in the design and development of property. This is done by collecting data that represents what you see on the ground with high-precision surveying instruments. These may include levels, total stations, GPS units, and even UAV’s. A competent surveyor will select some combination of instrumentation that suits each situation. Once this data is collected, it is used to develop the required mapping. This mapping may or may not include boundary survey information and should reference a datum that can be re-produced by other professionals.  

ALTA Surveys

An ALTA survey is a standardized survey typically used by the title and lending industries. These are sometimes required by title companies, particularly if a lender requires an extended coverage policy. They may also be the survey of choice for design professionals that work in several markets over different regions of the country and want a standardized delivery. An ALTA survey contains certain elements at a minimum – such as boundary, easements, the locations of buildings, and improvements along the boundary – and may also include many other items such as detailed utility information, the location of improvements, information about the zoning of the property, and the presence of wetlands. The client determines which of these additional items they require by selecting them from a provided table.

Construction staking and Modeling

A construction survey helps facilitate builders in the proper location of new improvements. Surveyors and Engineers typically work close together, in that, the Engineer designs the project and the Surveyor places the design on the ground.  Modeling is the three-dimensional grading plan created in a CAD-based system that is placed into GPS controllers attached to heavy equipment.  These models can help automate the grading process for large sites and minimizes conventional stakeout.

Entitlement Assistance

We are experienced in helping you navigate the different layers of government process required to split a piece of property, change a boundary line, or plat a subdivision. Each project is unique with its own unique set of circumstances. We pride ourselves on not just doing what a client thinks they need, but making sure they are aware of all potential options and the pros and cons of each. We have established relationships with other land use professionals such as engineers, architects, landscape architects, planners, attorneys, builders, contractors, and developers. Let us help you create a team that will allow you to see your vision become a reality, efficiently and worry-free.

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