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Land surveyors are tasked with the mapping and measurement of an area or a particular environment using special methods and equipment, advanced technology, and mathematics. Their job may seem simple, but there is more to it than conducting measurements. Professional surveyors can measure the surrounding landscape and terrain for development, renovation, demolition, or upgrades. Without them, you could put your project at risk for encroaching on a neighboring property or you could be building on land that has been compromised and you do not know it. Basically, you need land surveyors every time you are planning to build any type of structure, whether it is a road or a residential or commercial development, as well a complex tunneling projects.
Professional land surveyors are licensed and certified by your state or city before they are allowed to work on a local project. They are not only involved in field work. They handle some paperwork and office functions, too. On site, land surveyors will conduct a range of measurements to gather crucial information to complete a detailed map and report of your land. Using advanced tools, methods, and equipment, they will map out features like slopes, heights, and distances to enable builders and architects to develop, design, and build the property correctly.
Where office work is concerned, land surveyors can apply the data gathered from the land surveying activity to create highly detailed maps for the architects, engineers, and builders. With the survey results, those professionals should have a better idea on the layout of the land, so they can design and build the best structure for it. Land surveyors can conduct research on previous surveys conducted on your land, too. In case of a dispute, they can appear in court and serve as credible witnesses.
Certain situations may require you to seek the expertise of a professional land surveyor. For instance, if you are building a house, developing a housing project or subdividing properties, re-establishing boundaries, or you need strata surveys, land surveyors will assess your land to make sure the structure is built exactly where it needs to be built and that it is suitable for the conditions in that land. Likewise, they can ensure that your project follows all local building codes.
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.