Civil Engineering – Land Survey Services

In-House Land Survey Services Now Available

Civil engineering and land surveying is one of the oldest professions recorded. Equipment, knowledge of the land and surveying/engineering software is used for both two dimensional and three-dimensional modeling to be used for official property lines and correct mean sea level elevations of the land being surveyed.

Land surveying is critical to all elements of design and is a significant part of what civil engineering can provide. The property boundaries and topographical elevations are used by Architects, Civil Engineers, Geologist, Biologist, etc. for land development planning and construction design. We use the most up-to-date equipment and software to help keep our knowledge beat out the competition.

The results vary from job to job and many times boundary discrepancies can be solved and elevation busts can be found upfront.

Depending on what is needed for the project, the cost can vary from a simple topographic survey to a complicated Record of Survey for Boundary work where you set new monument corners.

Contact us today to learn more about our in-house civil engineering and land survey services. Serving San Diego, Southern California and North Carolina.


Should land be surveyed before buying?

Having a land survey conducted before the land changes hands is simply due diligence. Do not rely on anyone else’s word, such as the landowner or a real estate agent’s, when purchasing land. This is a big purchase, and it should not be done unless you know exactly what you are buying.

Why are land surveys done?

These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and they are often used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership, locations (building corners, surface location of subsurface features) or other governmentally required or civil law purposes (property sales).

Does a survey have to be recorded?

The actual findings of the survey, the history of that particular land, and how the findings are presented may Not require any record to be filed.

Does buyer or seller pay for land survey?

During a sale, the person who wants the survey is the person who pays for it. There’s no hard and fast rule designating who pays for the property survey in a home sale—it often comes down to who wants one. If the buyer wants it, the buyer pays. If the seller wants it, the seller pays.

What happens when a surveyor visits?

A property survey is a detailed inspection of a property’s condition. The surveyor inspects the property and tells you if there are structural problems like unstable walls or subsidence. They will highlight any major repairs or alterations needed, such as fixing the roof or chimney chute.

How can I get my property lines without a survey?

Visit the county recorder’s office or the assessor’s office. Ask what maps are available for public viewing that include your neighborhood and street. Request a copy of any maps that show clear dimensions of your property lines. Use the maps for reference when measuring your property’s total boundary line on each side.

What will a land survey show?

The survey will also include a written description of the property, the street address, the location of buildings and adjacent properties, and any improvements a homeowner can make to the land. A property survey also includes things like right-of-ways and easements.

How long is a survey valid for?

The short answer is that the structural parts of the surveys will be valid for many years to come. The property price (or valuation) in the Homebuyer’s Survey and Valuation report is only valid for up to 90 days.

How many types of land surveys are there?

Seven Types: We will discuss seven types of land surveying and provide recommended tools for each: ALTA/ACSM, Boundary, Construction, Location, Site Planning, Subdivision, Topographic.

How do I permanently mark my property lines?

If you’d like to create your own boundary markers, consider stacking old tires that are filled with rock and spray painted, using rebar topped with a PVC pipe, planting Iris tubers next to stakes so they are clearly visible, installing tall pressure-treated wooden posts, or planting spruce pine trees or a hedge at least 4 feet high to outline the edge of the property.

What is the difference between a land survey and a boundary survey?

The type of survey that we order for closing is called a “Location Survey.” A Location Survey shows the location of the improvements on the property in relation to the apparent boundary lines of the property. … A “Boundary Survey” is used to identify a property’s boundary lines.

What color paint is used to mark property lines?

Purple Paint: The orange-lettered signs announcing private property boundaries are no longer the only hue warning hikers or hunters that they may be trespassing. Land owners can now use purple paint to delineate property lines under a law that took effect two years ago but assumed new prominence at the beginning of 2013.

How do you mark a tree on a property line?

If a tree located is directly in the path of the line, a vertical painted bar or 2 chops marks will be on the side of the tree the line enters and another marking will be on the opposite side of the tree where the line exits. This is called a fore and aft marking.

Have more questions?

Contact us now at 858-229-2493 or Serving San Diego, Southern California and North Carolina.