If you’re planning on undertaking a construction project, it’s critical to have an in-depth understanding of your property. Our team of experts has decades of experience working on complex surveying projects with clients throughout Colorado. One of our specialties is topographic surveys: a form of surveying that provides additional data not available via traditional boundary surveys.
Difference Between Topographical Survey and Boundary Survey
Topographic surveys and boundary surveys are both useful surveying tools that provide builders and property owners with critical data. Boundary surveys are concerned with defining the exact property lines of a particular parcel of land. This type of survey can help determine if improvements or structures are infringing on another person’s property.
On the other hand, topographic surveys provide additional data on the terrain and elevation of the property, its structures, and its other features. A topographic survey takes all components of the property into consideration, including bodies of water, rocks, changes in terrain, structures, fences, and more.
In many ways, a topographic survey is much more in-depth than a traditional boundary survey. Still, it may not be required if all you need to identify is the corners and boundaries of your property.
Reasons Why You Need a Topographic Survey
Topographic surveys are required if you want to have a comprehensive understanding of your property and its potential construction challenges. There are a variety of different reasons that our clients seek topographical surveys. In many cases, this form of survey is used by architects to determine the best way to design a structure.
In some instances, a topographical survey may determine that certain parts of the property aren’t suitable for a structure. But this form of survey isn’t only used in the process of designing large structures. It can also be used for engineers and builders to determine the best locations for drainage and other critical elements.
In many instances, local authorities may also require this form of a survey before any significant construction works begin. It could be included in your local building codes.
In the case that a property is being redeveloped, a topographical survey is often required to help determine new challenges at the building site. In many cases, the topography of land changes over time, which means that redevelopers will need to understand critical shifts in elevation and other elements to effectively redevelop the property.
Topographic surveys are used to help builders and property owners avoid expensive issues. By thoroughly identifying critical components of a property, construction crews can prevent costly errors and changes.
If you’re unsure if you need a topographic survey, get in touch with our team to discuss your project and its requirements.
In addition to traditional topographic surveys, we also provide clients with advanced topographic exhibits. These exhibits offer a physical display of the topographic data discovered in the survey. They can be useful for illustrating the various components of a property and its structures.
Utilizing topographic exhibits can help you avoid costly mistakes during the construction process. If you’d like to discuss a topographic exhibit for your property, get in touch with our team to discuss your project.
As-built surveys are conducted during or after a construction process to confirm components of the structure are in their intended locations. An as-built survey can help builders understand if there are any vital variations from original plans or intentions. This form of survey is very prevalent in the construction industry. It’s a useful tool for determining if builders are implementing plans effectively.
In many cases, we perform as-built surveys throughout the construction process.
Digital Terrain Modeling
We can provide our clients with advanced digital terrain modeling of their properties. Instead of a traditional survey, a digital terrain model provides a digital depiction of the topographical aspects of the property. This is another excellent tool for illustrating the topography of a building site.
If you’d like to discuss how you can use a digital terrain model to display the topographical components of your property, make sure to get in touch with our team.
Contact Our Team for a Free Quote
Power Surveying Company, Inc. draws on over 70 years of experience in the surveying industry. As experts in the topographic surveying niche, we’re able to provide our clients with unique insights into their property and its terrain. If you’d like to speak about your project, get in touch with our team to discuss your various options.
We’re always happy to provide free estimates on topographic surveys for our Colorado-based clients.
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