Principal and Survey Manager, Mirko Ferreira, explains the key elements of a quality topographic and boundary survey and what you should know.
The First Step: The Topographic Survey
The topographic survey is the foundation for the entire project. The quality of the survey is crucial for a successful project. An incomplete survey can lead to design issues and unexpected construction change orders and delays. Topographic surveys are used by architects, realtors, contractors and homeowners. Various other disciplines of engineering such as structural, soil and civil also require surveys as part of their process. Due to our longstanding relationships with architects, other engineering disciplines and our own in-house civil engineering team, we have developed a highly detailed survey that provides all the necessary requirements and information for design work. We also monitor the ever-changing requirements from municipalities to ensure the survey you receive meets the current standards.
Boundary and Topographic Surveys: “Partners,” hand-in-hand
Boundary surveys are typically performed alongside a topographic survey. In addition to a detailed topographic survey, a boundary survey is needed to ensure the limits of the project. Replacing fences, building additions, ADUs or a new house all require a boundary survey. Municipalities also require certifications during the construction phase which are all tied to the boundary location. A complete boundary survey is essential – not completing a full boundary survey can be detrimental to a project. At Lea & Braze Engineering, we pride ourselves on our boundary research and resolution. We make sure that the project goes to completion.
The Importance of the Title Report
A title report is required to plot any easements which affect the property. The title report will list these easements. Clients provide the report because we are not legally tied to the parcel, and thus are not able to obtain a title report. Plotting easements is important because they can affect the design of the parcel. Building over an easement is risky. We will let you know where they are on the property.
“Due to our extensive experience and long-term relationships with other disciplines, including our in-house civil engineering department, we are able to get a detailed survey to meet all needs. Attention to detail is paramount in our surveys and in all the services we provide.”
– Mirko Ferreira
Principal and Survey Manager
What is the Lea & Braze Engineering Difference?
In one word: Detail.
We have worked on a wide variety of project types over the decades that include single-family homes, subdivisions, commercial, and/or mixed-use. These projects include (but are not limited to) affordable housing, condominiums, technology campuses, public street improvements, schools, parks, and multi-million dollar estates.”
“Due to our extensive experience and long-term relationships with other disciplines, including our in-house civil engineering department, we are able to get a detailed survey to meet all needs,” says Mirko Ferreira, Principal and Survey Department Manager. “We are current with all municipality standards and take pride in the aesthetics of our survey. Attention to detail is paramount in our surveys and in all the services we provide.” To learn about our survey process and services, visit our website.