Boundary Surveys vs. Topographic Surveys

Boundary vs Topographic Surveys

There are a variety of methods for surveying a piece of land or property in order to obtain information that is useful while owning, managing, or transferring that piece of property. The many forms of surveys can provide you with information on a piece of land’s geographic and legal qualities.

Boundary and topographic surveys are two of the most common types of surveys, and they are nearly always required when buying, selling, or developing a piece of property. This article will compare and contrast the two polls in terms of what they look at and how they might be used.

What is Boundary Survey

A boundary survey is one method of officially determining the boundaries of a property. It primarily focuses on the definition of the land’s corners. Before they buy, divide, improve, or develop on a piece of land, most people do border surveys. Following the conclusion of a boundary survey, a land surveyor will generate a sketch. The survey is preferable since measurements must be as accurate as feasible. The drawing could include:

Dimensions of the property. A lot’s size is determined via measurements and survey drawings. The property’s exact lines are displayed.

The most common purpose of boundary surveys is to resolve legal disputes over new home extensions or landscaping work such as a new retaining wall. They can also be used when buying or selling property to map out the exact location of the property line. Boundary surveys are the main type of land survey for property lines and the legal relation of properties.

A land surveyor can use a boundary survey to determine the exact location of an easement on a piece of property whether you, your neighbour, or the local government has one. For example, you might have an easement that allows the utility provider to work on a 25-foot power pole on your property. A boundary survey would be conducted to evaluate the extent to which the easement allows the corporation to operate.

If you’re planning a home renovation project or addition that will come close to the property line, a boundary survey may be required to ensure you don’t intrude on your neighbour’s land. For example, if you want to build fences around the perimeter of your property, you’ll need a land surveyor to conduct a boundary survey so you don’t build it on neighbouring territory.

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What is Topographic Survey

While a typical land survey is concerned with defining the borders of a piece of land, a topographical survey is concerned with noting the natural and man-made characteristics of the area. Hills, rivers, trees, fences, structures, and other natural state enhancements are examples. A topographical survey depicts the position, size, and height of these improvements, as well as progressive variations or curves in length.

In contrast to boundaries or residential land surveys, a topographical land survey focuses more on elevation than horizontal measures. A GPS survey unit or an electronic EDM instrument are used for the majority of such measurements. The results of the topographical survey are drawn as contour lines on a map of the ground, rather than stakes or other landmarks.

The downside to a boundary survey is that it does not include topographical data of the piece of property. In a state like Idaho, where land features like lava rock or buttes can change the elevation of a property, it’s important to know where these geological features lay on a piece of land.

Topographical surveys also include any existing structures, such as buildings, on a property. Hiring a land surveyor for a topographical survey can help you plan a home, road or other construction project.

A professional land surveyor’s topographical surveys will assist you in properly planning the layout of your building in relation to the land. You can better situate your construction to lessen the requirement for excavation work if you know where the land dips or rises and by how much.

Whether you have a drainage problem, such as a piece of your property that isn’t draining properly, a topographical survey can be used by your land surveyor to see if there are any dips or rises that are causing problems.

Digital representations of these maps and interactive views of the terrain are now possible thanks to sophisticated computer systems. Engineers and architects can alter data in CAD systems to show how proposed changes will modify the topography. Although topographic surveys are not commonly needed by homeowners, they are sometimes necessary.

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