Surveying and Job Site Safety

One of the first steps before beginning any construction project is typically land surveying. This part of the process is essential for the safety of the present and future of the building and its surroundings. If you’re planning on building a home or office, it’s vital to have a professional land surveyor measure, map out,… Read more »

Buying New Land? Have a Land Use Planning Survey Performed

There’s so much that goes into buying new land to build a home or commercial structure on. We wish it were as simple as buying the land, signing on the dotted lines, and starting the building process, but unfortunately it’s far from it. With so many factors to consider, such as drainage, stability concerns, traffic… Read more »

When You Need a Topographic Survey

A topographic survey offers an ideal way to identify and map the surface features of the terrain in a given area. This very accurate system accounts for all of the existing objects in the area, from major features like trees, buildings and streets to every smaller item including manholes, retaining walls and utility poles. These… Read more »

Drones: Possibly a New Tool for Land Surveying

The surveying industry has forever been changed by the newest trend on the market – drones. For years, it has been common for land surveyors to use laser scanners to measure properties of all sizes and collect the data needed for assessment, construction and permitting. The invention of drones with laser scanners, however, has made… Read more »

Land Surveying Projects in the Winter Is an American Tradition

The New Year is not just an exciting time for people hoping to change themselves with their resolutions; it is also an exciting time for businesses nationwide. A New Year means a new start, an opportunity to start fresh and unencumbered. There is only the future ahead of you and the worthwhile projects that will… Read more »

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Land Surveyors

This Thanksgiving, are you thankful for America? We recently celebrated Veterans Day; of course, you’re thankful for America, but did you know that America wouldn’t be America without the skills and dedication of land surveyors throughout its history?   It’s important to educate the public on the importance of the land surveying industry – why… Read more »

The Four Norths

In order to obtain accurate measurements across a wide variety of topographic features, surveyors look to not just one, but four norths, each of which denotes a different direction and point of reference. Many people outside of the profession don’t realize just how flexible the term “north” really is. Rather than referring to just one… Read more »

New Technology is Changing the Face of Survey Work

Not long ago, survey equipment was largely limited to tape measures, levels, and stakes. Surveyors hit the field in multi-man teams, working in tandem to delineate property lines and identify topographic features. Survey work entailed a slow, albeit effective process of measuring and marking the land for future projects.   Today, survey equipment is virtually… Read more »

USGS Recruits Citizen Volunteers for National Map Corps

Since its conception in 1879, the U.S Geological Survey has devoted itself to mapping the vast lands that constitute the United States of America. After over a century of survey work, the USGS is still plugging away, using new technologies and techniques to produce more accurate, comprehensive maps of the nation. With over 3 million… Read more »