Definition of Services

Aerial Imagery / Photography acquired through the use of an airborne sensor or camera typically from a fixed wing or helicopter platform. Photography is acquired by both traditional file based and newer digital capture technologies.


Aerial Mapping Control
/ Setting of ground control targets that are then tied to surrounding or existing survey control ensuring that ensuing aerial imagery and aerial topography are tied to the same coordinate system as the project.


ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
/ Land Surveys required by Title Companies as part of the process of obtaining land title insurance. The American Land Title Association (ALTA) (http://www.alta.org/standards/standards.cfm) and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) (http://www.acsm.net/alta.html) in conjunction with National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) (http://www.nspsmo.org/) establish minimum standards and guidelines when performing this type of survey.


Commercial Construction Surveys
/ The process of laying out reference points on the ground representing the engineered plan, guiding the construction process.


Consultant Survey Services
/ Survey Services can be tailored to meet your specific project needs.


Custom home layout / The process of laying out reference points on the ground of the architectural and engineered plans guiding the construction process.


Design Surveys
/ The process of collecting/surveying existing on the ground information as part of the design process. The horizontal and vertical dimensions are collected for existing features that may impact the design and ultimate construction process.


Flood Plain Elevation Certification (FEMA)
/ The Elevation Certificate is an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It is to be used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, and to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision based on fill(LOMR-F). (http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/elvinst.shtm)


Golf course layout / The process of laying out reference points on the ground of the golf course architectural and grading and drainage plans guiding the construction process.


GPS Land Surveys
/ The use Global Positional Systems (GPS) survey equipment is one of many tools used by surveyors to collect and layout horizontal and vertical coordinate positions on the face of the earth. GPS surveys are ideal for a small number of points across a large amount of land. Other types of survey equipment used are either optical or laser based instruments.

Land Development Feasibility Studies

Land Splits


Land Surveying
/ Method of making relatively large-scale, accurate measurements of the earth’s surfaces.

Its principal modern uses are in the fields of transportation, building, land use, and communications. Surveying is divided into the categories of plane surveying (mapping small areas) and geodetic surveying (mapping large areas of the globe). The Romans are said to have used the plane table, which consists of a drawing board mounted on a tripod or other support and a straightedge along which lines are drawn. It was the first device capable of recording or establishing angles. With the publication of logarithmic tables in 1620, portable angle-measuring instruments, called topographic instruments, or theodolites, came into use; they included pivoted arms for sighting and could be used for measuring both horizontal and vertical angles. Two revolutionary 20th-century innovations were photogrammetry (mapping from aerial photographs) and electronic distance measurement, including the use of the laser.

Surveying is a means of making relatively large-scale, accurate measurements of the Earth’s surfaces. It includes the determination of the measurement data, the reduction and interpretation of the data to usable form, and, conversely, the establishment of relative position and size according to given measurement requirements. Thus, surveying has two similar but opposite functions: (1) the determination of existing relative horizontal and vertical position, such as that used for the process of mapping, and (2) the establishment of marks to control construction or to indicate land boundaries.

Surveying has been an essential element in the development of the human environment for so many centuries that its importance is often forgotten. It is an imperative requirement in the planning and execution of nearly every form of construction. Surveying was essential at the dawn of history, and some of the most significant scientific discoveries could never have been implemented were it not for the contribution of surveying. Its principal modern uses are in the fields of transportation, building, apportionment of land, and communications.                                                  (www.britannica.com)


Legal Descriptions
/ A written statement describing the extents of a parcel of land without ambiguity. A legal description will typically become a portion of a contract between two parties.  There are two basic types of legal descriptions: Metes & Bounds and Lot and Block.


Lot & Boundary Surveys
/ The determination of the extents of a property or piece of land via record instruments and parole evidence together with on the ground field investigation. The results of a survey may documented within varying types of plats as required by state law and physical on the ground monumentation.

Lot line verifications


Orthophotography
/ Aerial imagery that has been geometrically corrected to remove ground distortion caused by elevation difference.

Project Management


Property Surveys
/ The determination of the extents of a property or piece of land via record instruments and parole evidence together with on the ground field investigation. The results of a survey may documented within varying types of plats as required by state law and physical on the ground monumentation.


Subdivision construction layout
/ The process of laying out reference points on the ground of the engineered plans guiding the construction process. Features include such items as streets, utilities, and building foundations.


Topographic Surveys
 / Measurements conducted on the ground or from the air the results of which are depicted on a map representing the then current locations of and extents of features on the earth. Features may include: mountains, hills, valleys, streams, rivers, lakes, vegetation, buildings, highways, streets, utilities. Elevations of the ground are depicted by contours and spot elevations.