A Boundary Survey determines the location of property lines using its legal description which involves locating evidence on the ground. This evidence includes monuments found, occupation lines and testimony of property owners. A map or plat is then drafted from the field work to provide a representation of the parcel surveyed and an explanation of how the property corners were established.
Boundary surveys are typically performed to obtain building permits, to resolve property disputes, and for building fences. Easements may also be located, if requested, with this type of survey.
We offer a complete range of Residential Land Surveying Services.
Mortgage Surveys (ILC) and Site Plans
ILC's are used to locate the improvements on a parcel of property. Typically mortgage or title companies require them for the buying and selling of homes. Site Plans can be used by municipalities for construction permitting.
Plot Plans/House Staking
A plot plan is a general property plan used to verify that the proposed work meets the City Zoning codes for any of the following: new homes, additions, fences or walls, decks, pools, garages, sheds, moving buildings or any other exterior construction on a residential lot.
FEMA Elevation Certificate
A FEMA Elevation Certificate is a document often requested by mortgage or title companies or flood insurance companies who want to determine the status of a building in relationship to the flood plain as it relates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The information on the Elevation Certificate may be used to determine flood insurance rates for the client.
Topographic Mapping is the layout of the property and the elevation of the land. A topographic map provides digital information about the land elevation and land features. This type of land survey service is typically used for new construction homes or planned developments. It is an important part of building a new home or structure to ensure that all drainage and pipes will match up with existing utilities.
A topographical map involves identifying natural and man-made physical features including buildings, fences, drainage, driveways, as well as the features of the land. A topographic map survey produces a detailed drawing and may include a boundary survey. Our land surveyors gather elevation points and create as detailed of a topographic map as needed. We will take the time to work with you on your project and ensure that you get the result you are looking for.
ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys are prepared to standards and requirements agreed to and adopted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Inc.
ALTA surveys are prepared for use by attorneys, lending institutions, and title companies for specific needs, peculiar to title insurance matters, which require particular information for acceptance by title insurance companies when said companies are asked to insure title to land
without exceptions as to the many matters which might be discoverable from survey and inspection and not be evidenced by the public records. These surveys are generally required for business, commercial, multi-family housing complex (condominium) or industrial sites.
Aerial Mapping Control
Aerial Mapping is more efficient than traditional methods when surveying large tracts of land. A stereoscopic image of the land is taken from a series of aerial photography to create an accurate photographic model or digital terrain model which is then used for a variety of surveying and engineering purposes.
Surveyors are needed to provide horizontal and vertical control for the mapping process and to locate supplemental information like fire hydrants, manholes, or other information not visble in the photographs.
We offer a complete range of construction surveying services. Construction surveying is the translation of a contractor's set of construction plans into a physical represention on the project site.
Pipeline & Oilfield Surveying
Compass Surveying & Mapping, LLC provides complete pipeline and oilfield surveying solutions.
Global Positioning System (GPS) allows users to accurately map and determine critical information regarding acreage and location of important features of a property. These features may include property boundaries, stand composition, roads, streams and man-made landmarks or features.
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a database linked to a map which allows the user to
input and maintain vital resource information previously stored for reference and modeling.
The use of this GPS / GIS technology has allowed Compass Surveying & Mapping, LLC to provide more precise information to the client.
Subdivision plat is the process of splitting one larger piece of land into several smaller pieces of land. Generally, this plat, or map, is drawn to be used to sell off the smaller pieces of land. These pieces of land are often built upon before being sold, often by the same home builder, giving the look that many are familiar with of a subdivision with many similarly designed homes, each one on a separate lot of land.
The subdivision plat shows the divisions of the piece of land, showing the distance and bearings between each corner of land. These maps may also include new roads that exist between the sections of land, where none did before. Plat maps help to ensure that all properties have access to a road. Without such access, a landowner would have no way to access their land without trespassing across others’ properties. The subdivision platting process ensures that this does not happen.
Subdivision plat maps also include the setting aside a part of the property for easements, parks, areas needed for flood protection, or other public uses. Subdivisions that have been platted correctly ensure compliance with zoning regulations, which often restrict lot sizes or lot geometry.
Condominium maps are maps prepared by land surveyors with the intent of dividing a building into individual units that can be bought and sold.
Why a Client May Need These Services
• To establish or verify property
• To locate above- and belowground
• To determine land contours and
• To record locations of natural and
man-made site features
• To set construction staking
• To verify as-built conditions
Knowledge and Skills Required
• Knowledge of mathematics, science,
and the law
• Skill in use of geodetic methods to
locate geographic points
• Ability to use surveying tools and
• Ability to match appropriate survey
methods to project needs
Representative Process Tasks
• Project definition and planning
• Data gathering from existing
• Data gathering in the field, including
observation, measurement, and
• Documentation of survey data and
• Staking before and during