Topographic Survey

Topographic Survey

Topographic Survey

When designing new construction, specialists need to understand a property’s terrain. Without knowing the land on which they’re constructing, builders may encounter severe problems that halt production. To avoid these issues, schedule a professional topographic survey.

Topographic surveying examines topographic data for a specific parcel of land. Our reports pinpoint land structure locations, as well as analyze elevation and contour details. We use innovative technology to create comprehensive topographic maps for builders, architects, and engineers.

What Is a Topographic Survey?

A topographical survey defines a plot of land’s surface features and terrain. The survey is a 3-dimensional map that depicts changes in elevation (contour lines) and the depth, height, location, and size of all land features.

Land features on a topographic map can be natural or artificial. They include:

  • Trees
  • Buildings
  • Streets, sidewalks, and driveways
  • Utility holes
  • Retaining walls
  • Service poles
  • Drainage features

Also known as contour surveys, topographic reports were once only used for military purposes and infrastructure building. Today, architects, engineers, and contractors utilize these types of land surveys to develop properties and designs.

Boundary Survey vs. Topographic Survey

Boundary surveys prioritize horizontal measurements. Topography maps focus on elevation.

A boundary survey will define property lines, measure total acreage, and identify possible encroachment issues. A topographic report is a surveying tool that details contour lines, spot elevation, and features that could impact the construction process.

When Is Topographic Surveying Needed?

Most building permits require a topographic survey. Whether it is a homeowner installing an addition or a contractor breaking ground on a new project, a topographic report is necessary.

Topographic mapping is most commonly used when mapping out:

  • New construction
  • Remodeling projects
  • Landscaping designs
  • Drainage plans
  • Road and bridge construction or improvements
  • Utility designs

People investing in real estate may schedule a topography survey before signing off on a transaction to ensure the property fits their intended use. For example, an area with terrain unsuitable for a pool may deter a new home buyer from purchasing a property.

What Does a Topographic Land Survey Include?

The governing jurisdiction determines the amount of detail the topographic report requires. Standard plans will outline:

  • Existing and proposed improvements
  • Terrain and elevations
  • Visible utilities
  • Tree locations
  • Proposed grading
  • Lot coverage calculations

Topographic surveys are most often used by architects, engineers, and builders to determine a strategy specific to that plot of land. Our team works closely with these professionals to ensure your report includes all essential details.

How Is Topographic Surveying Conducted?

Our topographic mapping technicians start by gathering property information. This typically requires a visit to your property to collect on-site survey data. When performing fieldwork, our crew uses high-quality GPS equipment to gather data quickly and efficiently.

Once we obtain all necessary property information, we create digital topographic map data and digital elevation models. Our computer software provides interactive views to visualize how a plot’s topography will impact the proposed construction.

Finally, our technicians send drafts to quality assurance. Once given the stamp of approval, we send finalized topographic surveys directly to our clients’ email inboxes. All of our professional surveys are insured by the New York State Licensure.

Why Choose Scalice Land Surveying

If you want your New York topographic report done right, trust Scalice. We get the job done quickly and offer competitive pricing. Our specialists use high-grade technology to produce comprehensive site plans in record time.

As a full-service surveying company, we are happy to assist our clients with all of their land surveying needs. From civil engineering to FEMA Elevation Certificates, you can trust our reliable technicians to deliver first-rate surveying services. If you need multiple surveys, we are happy to offer customized packages at discounted rates.

We offer free topographic estimates to New York private and commercial property owners. Once you are on board, we require a 50% deposit before scheduling services. After that, you can sit back and relax while our trained surveyors handle the rest.

Get a Free Topographic Surveying Estimate

Don’t let a topographic survey stand in the way of your next construction project. Instead, allow New York’s reliable topographic surveyors to handle your terrain and make sure your property meets all state and local requirements. Contact Scalice Land Surveying to schedule your free topographic surveying estimate now.

Michael J. Scalice, PLS is a licensed land surveyor with 20 years experience in the state of New York. Michael is a proud member of The New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors.

Contact us today at (631) 957-2400