Survey Types

AS-BUILT SURVEY
A boundary line survey is based on the boundary of a subject property with respect to adjacent parcels and is derived from field measurements with reference to permanent monuments. Property corners will be located and designated by landmark type or calculated to a point. When calculated to a point, surveyors may charge a fee to have pins set where no landmark exists. In contrast to a boundary line survey, "as-built" surveys, depict improvements on the property such as buildings, walls, fences, and driveways.

BOUNDARY LINE SURVEY
A boundary line survey is based on the boundary of a subject property with respect to adjacent parcels and is derived from field measurements with reference to permanent monuments. Property corners will be located and designated by landmark type or calculated to a point. When calculated to a point, surveyors may charge a fee to have pins set where no landmark exists. In contrast to an "as-built" survey, a boundary line survey does not depict improvements.

SITE PLAN
A site plan is a drawing depicting conceived or proposed locations for buildings relative to a parcel of land. The plan may be based on estimates of ground measurements, or based boundary as depicted by a current Boundary Survey.

BUILDING STAKE OUT
A building stake out is the setting of hubs with a tack showing the location of a building corner to be placed or the envelope of a building layout derived from plans furnished by the client, architect or builder. This aids the company installing the foundation with proper placement of new improvements.

FOUNDATION LOCATION
A foundation location is the location of a foundation relative to boundary lines after installation.

UTILITIES LOCATION SURVEY
A utilities location survey depicts the location of any and all utilities near or entering the subject property that have been marked by their respective governmental or private agency.

WETLAND DELINEATION SURVEY
A wetland delineation survey is a survey identifying the edge of wetland areas.

MEAN HIGH WATER LINE LOCATION
A mean high water line location depicts the location of the Mean High Water Line at the elevation determined for that area together with its relative location to the boundary of subject property. Note that this survey also requires being referenced to a benchmark.
BENCHMARK SURVEY
A benchmark survey establishes a benchmark which represents vertical datum on the subject property and is referenced to a known and verifiable elevation. Benchmarks are used in building construction, FEMA Elevation Certificate validation and in determining topography elevations.

TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY
A topographical survey (or "topo") is a boundary survey with the addition of contour lines in one foot intervals relative to the contours of the land.

TREE LOCATION
A tree location survey is a boundary survey that depicts trees and their variety of a particular diameter or larger at waist height.

FLOOD LETTER
A flood statement is a letter signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor which provides the flood zone determination for a given parcel.

PILE TIP CERTIFICATION
A pile tip certification is a determination of the depth of pilings driven into the ground that are used in building foundations.

F.E.M.A. ELEVATION CERTIFICATE
A FEMA elevation certificate is a determination of the flood zones, elevations of structure features, low and high natural grade adjacent to the structure, building type and latitude and longitude information of subject property as regulated by the guidelines of FEMA and represented on FEMA Form 8131 that is signed and sealed by the licensed surveyor.

ALTA SURVEY
An ALTA Survey is a boundary and improvement survey with the addition of a more detailed range of information adopted by the American Land Title Association and National Society of Professional Surveyors as regulated by A.C.S.M. and shown in the ALTA/ACSM Standards.

SUBDIVISION PLAT DEVELOPMENT
This is the development of a plat of survey reflecting the subdividing of land into various lots and blocks for conveyance usually at the direction of a licensed engineer or site developer. Service may include setting field monuments depicted on the plat such as pins or stakes and identifying utilities, roads and drainage.
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