A Look at Some of the Different Types of Land Surveys








Did you know that not all survey services are alike? There are several different kinds of surveys and they each serve a specific purpose. The following list is by no means comprehensive, but it outlines some of the most common types of surveys that can be conducted:

ALTA / ACSM Survey

This type of survey is typically conducted for use in the buying and selling of real estate. ALTA / ACSM stands for American Land Title Association / American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. It is one of the most detailed types of surveys and includes all of the physical features and characteristics of the land being surveyed.

Boundary Survey

Just like it sounds, a boundary survey is utilized to determine property lines. To do this, surveyors may need to conduct research on the history of a property and find paperwork and deeds associated with the property, in addition to performing a physical survey.

Construction Staking

This type of survey is used to interpret engineering design plans in preparation for building a structure.

Location Survey

A location survey is similar to a boundary survey, but this type of survey involves marking out all additions or improvements made to a property. This helps to determine that all local zoning laws and property boundaries have been adhered to.

Right-of-Way Survey

Right-of-Way (ROW) surveys help property and utility owners to determine the access rights and access points on a particular property.

Topographic Survey

Topographic surveys are used to identify and map the existing features on the surface of the earth, including contours, utilities, and other physical features (ditches, roads, water, etc.).

There are many different types of surveys and it is important to know the difference in order to determine which type of survey may be needed for different applications.

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