Topographic surveys involve the determination of the shape and location of both natural and artificial features upon the ground. These surveys are often used for purposes of developing a piece of property. They serve to aid in the determination of the best suitable building areas and any surface drainage that may effect the property.
Measurements, both horizontal and vertical, will be taken of the site and the site improvements to a precision compatible with the particular problem or project involved. Wherever possible, the elevations will be referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum or some other locally recognized datum. Topographic elevations will be taken to the nearest .01′ for hard surfaces and .10′ for ground shots.
A plan of the site will be drawn showing the site and the major site improvements, contours with spot elevations, lot lines, buildings, dimensions from the buildings to the lot lines. It will also show property corners whether found or set and other improvements requested by the Client such as interior stone walls, wetlands, brooks, rivers, flood zones, underground utilities, observed encroachments and any other information deemed pertinent.