What exactly is Land Surveying?

This is a question that many people may ask.  You may wonder, ‘What are those guys (or gals) doing with that odd equipment and why to they leave those flags all over the place?’  or any other question you may think of.

In short, land surveying is the technique and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the angle and distances between them.  These points are usually, but not always, on the surface of the Earth, and are often used to establish boundaries of ownership and create land maps.  Once these points are analyzed, the surveyor can determine how these points relate to any deeds and maps and present this information to the client.  To accomplish their objectives, land surveyors use elements of geometry, engineering, trigonometry, mathematics, physics and proper interpretation of real property law.  There are also many different types of surveys that can be performed.  Everything from surveying in coal mines, construction or road stake out, heirs divisions or just the “simple” process of subdivision development.

So if you ever took geometry and trigonometry in high school and said “I’m never going to use this stuff.” That is not something that surveyors can say.  Although there are many other elements that go into land surveying.

If you have any other questions about land surveying, please let me know at office@byrdsurvey.com and I will be glad to help out.

On February 2nd, 2012, posted in: Land Surveying Info by

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