An ALTA survey meets minimum standards that have been jointly prepared and adopted by the ALTA/ACSM (American Land Title Association/American Congress on Surveying and Mapping). Used mostly for commercial purposes, an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey includes boundary lines, location of building(s) including improvements, the identification of easements (including access rights by utility companies).
Completed with both residential and commercial construction, As-built surveys are completed throughout a construction project to ensure improvements have been completed to the specifications set in the current Boundary Survey and show that construction is following zoning regulations.
A subdivision plat reflects the subdividing of land into various lots and blocks for conveyance. The products in this service include a boundary survey and improvement survey and the preparation of a preliminary and final plat. This service may also involve staking utilities, roads, and drainage.
A FEMA elevation certificate is a required form that verifies the elevation data of a structure on a given property relative to the ground level. The Elevation certificate is used to ensure compliance with local floodplain ordinances and is also used by insurance agents and companies in the rating of flood insurance policies.
Horizontal and Vertical Control are developed to create a framework in which other surveys can be adjusted. These surveys are used for accurate mapping for the construction of underground utility systems, roads, power lines, tunnels and any other projects which require high precision.
A Utility Easement grants to all public utility companies the right to use that strip of land for their systems. Easements can also be for other uses such as access and drainage. Easement can be dedicated by the property owner by adopting a plat. Or an easement can be granted through the execution of a written easement, which is similar to a deed. Easements can also be granted to prohibit certain activities.
Route surveying is comprised of all survey operations required for design and construction of engineering works such as highways, pipelines, canals, or railroads.
Construction Staking, also known as a Site Layout Survey, is the process of interpreting construction plans and marking the location of proposed new structures such as roads or buildings. Construction staking is performed to ensure a project is built according to engineering design plans. The staked reference points guide the construction of proposed improvements on the property, and will help to ensure the construction project is completed on schedule, on budget, and as intended.
Topographic Surveys measure the elevation of points on a particular piece of land, and presents them as contour lines on a plot. They are used to identify the existing features including trees, buildings, streets, walkways, manholes, utility poles, and retaining walls.
A Condominium Survey includes a boundary survey and results in the preparation of the plat and supporting plans which depict the boundary, uses of certain elements of the property and units, and horizontal and vertical dimensions of the units to be sold. The plans become part of the legal documentation upon which future conveyances of units depend. The Professional Land Surveyor makes sure that the plat conforms to the legal requirements of the governing documents.
Boundary/Improvement Surveys can be used by property owners for the construction of a fence or other improvements. Property corners will be located and verified or reset, as well as improvements and encroachments on the property will be determined. This type of survey will comply with the "Minimum Standards for Property Boundary Surveys" for the State of Missouri.
The Spot survey includes the boundaries of the property shown, and a rough estimate of where the home sits within the boundaries. Improvements such as sidewalks, driveways and fences are included in this report. Sometimes this report is the minimum requirement of the lender.
Legal descriptions are the preparation of a parcel of land that has been newly separated from a larger parcel, or the combing of several parcels. The legal description is written so that the location of a boundary and its origin can be followed using bearings and distances.