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Design Topography Surveying

A topographic survey locates all surface features of a property and depicts all-natural features and elevations. In essence, it is a 3-dimensional map of a 3-dimensional property showing all-natural and man-made features and improvements.

A topographic survey is often the first step when buying, developing, or evaluating land. It shows the exact location of human-made and natural features, but unlike most surveys, its focus is vertical and horizontal. Which helps you see everything that is above ground and below. The purpose of a topographic survey is to determine changes in elevation on a parcel of land, providing us with a wealth of information regarding the property. In many cases, a topographic survey is essential in planning land use, as not all areas are suited for all projects. 

Most people want to have as much information as possible before beginning a project, and topography is no exception. Elevation significantly impacts land usability, and missteps in that department can be your downfall. However, if you find the issues before it’s too late, there’s often a simple solution (such as relocating building locations, adding proper drainage, leveling the ground, etc.). While it’s always a good idea to conduct a topographic survey, there are some instances where it’s necessary.

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