Our surveyors work in the office and the field. It is a job that is rooted deeply in mathematics, geo-location (fancy for GPS), and even measuring distances in the sky.
Though the process is lengthy and has many steps, here is an accurate break down a day in the life of a land surveyor:
The survey company receives authorization by the property owner or a potential buyer to perform a survey by means of a signed work order form.
Client provides property information to the Surveyor. Surveyor performs research needed to make the necessary calculations.
The survey field crew goes to the property and measures the house and any permanent, non-movable improvements.
The crew searches for subdivision survey monuments (iron pipes, rebar, cotton spindles, railroad ties, crosses, etc.)
If a Surveyors Real Property Report is being performed, a minimum of 2 survey monuments are found, but they are not verified to be correct.
If a boundary survey is being performed, ample survey monuments are found to verify the correct location of the property corners for our property.
The survey crew will then use a total station or similar instrument to measure distances and angles to verify the location of the house and improvements on the lot.
With a boundary survey, all of the property’s corners are then either verified to be correct or reset if necessary and are visibly marked.
The information from the field crew is given to a drafter who uses the information to create a “drawing” of the property. Information is used from the subdivision plat and title work to establish lot dimensions, building lines, and easements.
The facets of the project are reviewed by a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor.
The final copies are delivered to the client and/or title company along with an invoice. If a title company is involved, costs for the survey can typically be included in the buyers closing costs.
It’s a meticulous job, but we take it very seriously and never miss a detail.
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