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Land Surveying in Today's World

Land Surveying

Land surveying is an ancient profession. The Pharaohs of Egypt employed land surveyors to re-establish boundaries each year after the annual flooding of the Nile River. George Washington's first job as a teenager was as a land surveyor for the Colony of Virginia. Today, land surveyors at Adkan Engineers use instruments, techniques, and technologies beyond the wildest dreams of even 19th century surveyors.

Two hundred years ago, the word "survey" probably meant a simple "stake and flag" boundary survey, conducted with tape measures and sighting instruments. Over time, technological advances have transformed those instruments (Theodolites) and enabled entire new areas of land surveying.

Today's Theodolites not only measure lines of site, arcs, and distances with an exceptional degree of accuracy. In many cases, they are faster and easier to use than a tape or chain. They also incorporate GPS and can record the data into digital format so that it can be used in the office for Auto-Cad engineering applications and digital-mapping geospatial applications.

Adkan Engineers' surveyors are capable of carrying out all of today's state-of-the-art surveys. A topographic survey provides architects and engineers with a view of the raw land underlying their projects. A cadastral survey is essentially a title survey. It utilizes and builds on property records to establish, re-establish, and verify real-property boundaries. It finds and records existing easements and monuments. The results are usually recorded legally and used to create a map, or plat, for the client.

An A.L.T.A. survey (American Land Title Association) is the most rigorous type of cadastral survey. The surveyor must follow a detailed set of standards and procedures in its preparation. These surveys are designed to uncover all recorded and un-recorded easements, encroachments, structures, roads, and utility lines which could create a risk for the title insurer or lender. A.L.T.A. surveys are most needed in high-density urban areas and are often required there. They are also often required when a project involves a high price tag or public exposure. Adkan Engineers has much experience in these types of surveys, having done over 160 of them.

The work of land surveyors today goes far beyond simple border surveys. Empowered by the new technologies, GPS, and large databases of property records, today's surveyors routinely perform far more complex tasks. In doing this work, they are connecting with an increasing number of entities such as government agencies, real-estate databases, and geo-spatial data collections. The result is a far greater knowledge base for the world we live in.

The Importance of Getting A Land Survey Before Purchasing a House

Land Surveying Before Buying a Home

Why Are Land Surveys So Important For Home Buyers?

The importance of getting your home's property surveyed cannot be overstressed. With all the paperwork and red tape involved in purchasing a home today, you might not know what condition the property of your home is actually in. Previous documents might have inaccurate information and might not reflect changes that have occurred to the property in recent years. A land survey will determine the actual condition of your property and state it to you clearly. You will get a clear and concise idea of what condition the property is and know its actual boundaries.

Did you know that most banks used to require that a home buyer have the home's property surveyed before it would give out a home loan? This would protect both the home buyer and the bank from unforeseen expenses and verify the title and deeds of the property. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases of your life. Don't take a chance that could end up costing you a fortune later on, by skimping on a land survey. Know what you are getting upfront by having your property surveyed.

How Can A Land Survey Protect My Home and Save Me Money From Future Unforeseen Expenses?

A land survey will determine the boundaries of your property and have them clearly marked for you. This way you can know where you can build a fence, add an extension, pool or driveway. Going over your boundary to a neighbor's property is not only illegal it can cost you money. The costs of demolishing a fence or extension can be costly and governments can levy fines. A land survey can also spot potential hazards such as flood prone areas, unmarked gas or cable lines and industrial waste that is on your property. Finding out where such items on your property are can be a lifesaver. It can prevent injury, illness and even death.

What are the Costs of a Land Survey?

The cost of a land survey varies depending on the size, terrain, and records of the property. Having a map done of your property in addition to fieldwork will add to the expense of the land survey. Obstructions in the property such as debris, bodies of water and uneven terrain will also add to the cost, since these items will have to be navigated around or cleared away before survey work can take place on the property.

What Kind of Surveyor Should I Hire?

You should always hire a licensed and preferably insured surveyor. This way you know that a competent surveyor is performing survey work on your property. Licensed surveyors should be familiar with the local building and zoning laws in your jurisdiction and can alert you of any problems with local or state laws in your property. This can save you time and money later on if legal issues or disputes arise.

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