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Topographic Survey

What is a Topographic Survey

The Topographic Survey plays a crucial role in the success of a construction project. In fact, it is usually the first step done in the development of a property, way before the construction starts. It is a survey that gathers data about the elevation of points on a piece of land and presents them as contour lines on a plot. It is used by architects, engineers, and building contractors to determine how the land will have to be shaped and molded to provide a suitable base for the planned construction.

The purpose of a topographic survey is to collect survey data about the natural and man-made features of the land, as well as its elevations. This data can then help identify areas where construction may not be possible or where grading will be required in order to make it possible. Surveying Consultants’ professional land surveying team utilizes the latest surveying technology in order to produce accurate and reliable topographic surveys that use time and resources efficiently. Contact us for more information.

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3 Characteristics of a Topographic Survey

A topographic survey takes a 3D world and makes a 2D representation of it. The characteristics of this survey can vary, but some of the most common elements include:

A contour line shows the peaks and the valleys of the land. It can be interpreted to show where there are depressions and rises in the ground. For example, if there is a significant slope on a property, contour lines can be shown on the drawing to represent every time there is a drop of 5 vertical feet. A drop of 3 feet, 2 feet or even 1 foot can be shown as well, it is all based on the data that the land surveyor obtains while at the project. The smaller the cumulative drop, the more detailed the survey becomes.

Vegetation and Physical Attributes
A land surveyor can help identify a stream or creek, or an easily identified wooded area. They also obtain data regarding the location of those attributes. The surveyor can also locate individual trees and bushes, the outer perimeter of a “brushy” area, and more info at the request of the client.

Any visible improvement on the lot such as overhead utility lines, street lights, electric boxes, and pipeline markers is also identified and shown in a topographic survey. Items that are buried or located underground can be marked by the surveyor as well.

The data obtained at the property by the land surveyor will determine what the topographic survey looks like. The more data the land surveyor obtains, the more detailed a topographic survey can become.

Surveying Consultants Conducts Topographic Surveys

Whether you need topographic surveys in Bluffton, Hilton Head, the greater Beaufort areas of South Carolina or Savannah, Georgia, you can depend on our professional surveyors to produce accurate data to aid in the success of your construction project.

Our experience and expertise in land surveying, along with our state-of-the-art equipment and software, guarantees our surveying team’s excellent output.

We can help you with your topographic survey needs. Visit us in our office at 17 Sherington Dr # C, Bluffton, SC 29910 or…

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17 Sherington Dr # C, Bluffton, SC 29910