Professional land surveyors and civil engineers provide a wide variety of useful services to property owners and potential buyers in Texas and beyond. One specialized type of service is a topographical survey, the purpose of which is to highlight manmade and natural land features. While there are other types of surveys that also give you some insight into the various landmarks and stakes on your property, a topographical survey goes into more detail with the character of the land, showing contour lines and various changes that have occurred in that land over a longer period of time.
With this in mind, here are just a few of the biggest benefits associated with topographic surveying in Texas:
- It educates you before you make any changes to the land: Before you decide to build a new structure or do any significant earthmoving, it’s important that you have an understanding of the nature and character of the land in the area. A topographic survey will give you keen insight into all the most important features on, around and underneath the land so you don’t make any avoidable and potentially damaging mistakes.
- It offers you a clear image of the land: The information you get from a topographical survey can be extremely important to builders, homeowners or any business owners who are looking to expand or renovate properties. The resulting survey gives you clear images of the land and its character that you can sit down and analyze before making any building plans. This is why it’s one of the first steps taken before a construction project can start.
- It provides you with a history of the land: A topographic survey can be highly useful because it can tell you if there have been any significant changes made to the land over the time it’s been in use. This information is often hidden from plain sight. Based on this information that gets revealed about any past uses of the land, it can help you better plan out your structures or uses of the land to make sure those uses are appropriate for the land itself.
- It shows where existing features are located: Topographic surveys give you exact locations for any features that already exist on the land, including those that are below the surface of the land. Examples of features that might show up on your survey include utility poles, streets, buildings, manholes, retaining walls, trees, walkways, plumbing infrastructure and utility lines. They can also clearly delineate easements and boundaries, which can help if you ever find yourself in a property dispute.
- They help you better plan your construction project: By getting a better understanding of the topography of the land, you’ll be able to plan out your construction project in a way that ensures it will be durable for years to come.
These are just a few of the biggest benefits that come with the use of topographic surveying in Texas. For more information about the services we provide, contact D.G. Smyth & Company with your questions.