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Types Of Land Surveys

The Eight Types Of Surveys Include:


Boundary Survey

A survey for the purpose of locating the corners, boundary lines and/or easements of a given parcel of land. This involves record and field research, measurements and computations to establish boundary lines in conformance with the Professional Land Surveyors Act.


Topographic Survey

A survey locating topographic features (both natural and man-made) such as buildings, improvements, fences, elevations, trees, streams, contours of the land, etc. This type of survey may be required by governmental agencies, or may be used by engineers and/or architects for the design of improvements on a site.


Site Planning Survey

A combination of boundary and topographic surveys for preparation of a site plan to be used for designing improvements or developments.

ALTA/ACSM Survey or Extended Title Ins. Coverage

A survey made for the purpose of supplying a title company and lender with survey and location data necessary for issuing American Land Title Association or Extended Coverage Title Insurance.


Control Survey

Precise location of horizontal and vertical positions of points for use in boundary determination, mapping from aerial photographs, construction staking, and other related purposes.


Court Exhibit Survey

Analysis of various legal descriptions and survey maps; field locating of record, existing monuments, and physical features; and mapping showing this information for the purpose of presenting a visual exhibit to be used in a courtroom.



Adapted from: “How the Professions Serves the Public”, published by California Land Surveyors Association, Inc. © 2002

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