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Types of Land Surveys 



a boundary survey meeting specific standards and requirements as set forth by American Land Title Association (ALTA) and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), that incorporates elements of the boundary survey, mortgage survey, and topographic survey. This type of survey is sometimes required by many title insurance companies, most often used for commercial properties.


As-Built Survey

a post construction survey conducted several times during a construction project to verify, for local and state boards (USA). That the work authorized was completed to the specifications set on the Plot Plan or Site Plan, showing all major changes in relation to the completed project. Provide important information that is needed during construction and afterwards. After construction, As-Built Survey serve the owner as ready reference information about what was actually built. They can also serve as demolition drawings and as records of land use. It updates any revisions made.


Boundary Survey

a survey of a parcel of land as described by a metes and bounds legal description or a lot, block and plat book legal description. It also shows any existing structures as they relate to the property boundaries.


Elevation Certificate

This document identifies the flood and non-flood hazard areas in which a particular property is located. The form also indicates the type of building, elevation of the building and adjacent grades, and elevations of any machinery or equipment serving the building. These factors are also used in determining the flood insurance rate.

The Elevation Certificate is used by insurance agents for the purpose of quoting your property flood insurance rates and for construction process.

Often when applying for a home loan, the purchaser is told by the lender that he or she is required to buy flood insurance. Because the cost of flood insurance can run into thousands of dollars per year, it is advisable under these circumstances to have a Licensed Land Surveyor perform a Flood Elevation Certificate Survey.


Final Survey

a survey of a parcel of land (preceded by a Spot survey) usually required for local and state boards (USA), as a final record showing all improvements made or any change that modifies the tangible portions of the finished work.


Foundation Survey

a survey done to collect the positional data on a foundation that has been poured and is cured. This is done to ensure that the foundation was constructed in the location authorized in the Plot Plan. Site Plan, or Subdivision Plan.


Form Board Survey

a survey where the proposed construction forms are staked out for the builder.


Property Line Stakeout

setting wood stakes (or iron pins) along the property lines of a parcel of land.


Spot Survey

survey of a building under construction showing the foundation as it relates to the property boundaries.


Topographic Survey

a survey of a particular parcel of land showing elevations of points throughout the boundary at a given interval.

An accurate and detailed Topographic Survey is a great benefit for many types of projects. Architects, Engineers, Urban Planners, and others depend on the Topographic Survey as the basis for their work. Whether the project is an addition to an existing structure, new building construction, road, water and sewer design, or hydraulic studies for flood plain determination, it all depends on having an accurate depiction of the site as it exists.

The Topographic Survey allows Engineers to determine volumes of materials needed for fills, the amount of cut required on a site and provides the information needed to tie the grading of a new site into its surroundings in the most economical way, by balancing the cut and fill. After excavation, Topographic Surveys are used to determine the volume of material removed or placed on a site. Depths of underground utility lines can be determined prior to construction, as well as their grades, allowing the design to conform to local municipalities standards and to avoid conflicts and potential disruptions to service.


Wetlands Delineation and Location Survey

a survey that is completed when construction work is to be done on or near a site containing defined wetlands. Depending on your local state or federal regulations wetlands are usually classified as areas that are completely inundates with water more than two (2) weeks during the growing season.


Construction Layout

From custom homes, entire subdivisions, road layout to major building expansions and new site construction, our team has the knowledge and experience needed to help make a job run smoothly. Our construction layout team has experience in all aspects of construction layout and will work with clients / contractors to make sure layout is performed accurately and in a timely fashion.


Subdivision Platting

If you are attempting to develop a large parcel of land, you may be required to Plat the property. This is a process of dividing real property into three or more lots, parcels, tracts, tiers, blocks, sites, units or any other division of land. It also includes establishment of new streets, easements and alleys, additions and re-subdivisions. On average, the platting process takes approximately one year to complete.


Special Purpose Survey

A Special Purpose Survey may needed if you run into certain situations that don't require or don't allow conventional types of surveying. These surveys are defined as. surveys which are performed for a purpose other than the purposes encompassed by the definitions set forth by the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, where unusual conditions make it impracticable or impossible for the performance of one of the types of surveys set forth by said board.


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