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 »

Wetland Delineation: What It Is and Why It Matters

At Blaze Design, Inc. we do our best to serve society by conducting detailed, accurate land surveys each and every time we’re out in the field. After all, people all over Vermont and New York depend on us to keep their homes clear of flood plains, unstable terrain, and other environmental hazards. Every now and… Read more »

Commercial vs. Residential Boundary Surveying

  When it comes to conducting a commercial survey, it isn’t so much that the type or quality of work is any different from a residential survey. Instead, the difference lies in the fact that often times, a commercial survey can be much more intensive, and subsequently, more expensive. Why? Because these different types of… Read more »

The Importance of Land Surveying Today

Population growth is reaching unprecedented levels across the world. Having breached 7.1 billion, the concentration in world population is centered in the East, such as China and India. Domestically speaking, the population growth is gobbling up residential and commercial land faster than ever.   The population of the US surpassed 300 million for the first… Read more »

What is the 100-Year Floodplain?

A 100-year floodplain or flood zone is a zone that has a one percent chance of flooding on an annual basis. There are areas on maps specifically signaled to be 100-year flood zones because that area should expect a flood at least once every 100 years — thus the one percent chance. These are areas… Read more »

Why Telecommunication Land Surveys are Essential

It’s interesting to note that many farmers make more money leasing farmland to cell phone companies who build cell phone towers on their rural land than they do farming. Well, we live in a digital world, and times have changed radically since the old days when people had to run to their phones to pick… Read more »