Construction staking consists of placing stakes on the ground where proposed features are to be built. The proposed feature location is taken from the construction plans. Typically our team will be provided a copy of the approved construction plans along with a digital copy of the plans and we will be able to lay out curb stakes, building stakes, grade stakes or anything that is indicated on the construction plans.
Our team delivers fast and efficient land surveying services. We provide free estimates to help you plan your boundary survey cost and establish a timeline for your project. If you are a builder, please call and ask about our special builders price packaging.
What Is a Construction Layout Used For?
Construction layouts are used to guide the building process and avoid costly errors when interpreting project blueprints. They’re used to indicate:
- Electrical features
- Sewer lines
- General building structures, including homes and office buildings
- Marked corners
- Property lines
There are two construction layout types:
- Site layout staking: A precise method that directs physical construction
- Rough staking: This method shows site improvements, including slopes and grading
A homeowner or contractor uses the result to streamline the construction of whatever they’re intending, make sure it meets setback requirements, and stays safely on the property.
Why Do I Need a Construction Layout?
Ordinary circumstances where you may need a construction layout include:
- Small lots where setbacks are close to buildings
- Landscaping or building construction near a lot line
- Buildings that are being erected near easements
Construction layouts are a vital part of any building operation, especially for more sophisticated development projects. Usually, construction companies have several subcontractors who need to work together to complete a job.
By first staking out a site, you’ll have a clear understanding of your construction element dimensions, where they need to go, and which subcontractor is responsible for ensuring the component is executed correctly.
If you hire an unlicensed surveyor or fail to use a construction layout, you may encounter unexpected challenges, causing project delays and added expenses down the road. In addition, surveying and building construction are exceedingly precise. Being off by a few feet or, in some cases, a couple of inches, can lead to severe issues for your subcontractors.
What Is the Process for a Construction Layout?
A construction layout is the capacity to specifically earmark below- and above-ground structure locations.
The aspect of surveying where a team transfers a layout from construction drawings into the ground is called setting out. It demonstrates edge slabs, boundaries, walls, and other location points. It also provides the structure’s extent, level, and angle.
This phase typically begins with the water, electrical, storm drain, sewer lines, and other underground features. Once this is complete, the above-ground elements are staked, including the interior grid lines, and building corners.
A standard construction layout provides contractors with a precise, reliable working tool that incorporates horizontal dimensions, elevation measurements, and other planning data.
Be Sure to Use an Experience Certified Land Surveying Company
Hiring an experienced licensed and certified land surveyor with experience with construction layouts like the project you’re developing is essential.
For example, if you’re developing a subdivision and hire a surveyor who has only worked on single-family homes, you may be leaving your company exposed to complications during execution. Be sure the surveying company you’re hiring has references and can deliver accurate results.
Why Choose Scalice Land Surveying P.C. for a Construction Layout Survey?
Scalice Land Surveying P.C. is a company that specializes in a wide range of surveying services, including boundary surveys, site plans, FEMA elevation certificates, and topographic survey reports.
Our teams can complete construction staking in faster and at a more competitive price than our competition. We do this through research diligence and by utilizing the latest equipment and technology. Additionally, our survey crews are experienced, professional, and efficient. Please contact us today for pricing and to schedule an appointment.