Land Surveying

S&ME’s professional surveyors have broad experience providing land surveying services to public and private sector clientele. All of our survey projects are managed by registered professional land surveyors, with the support of in-house technicians. Our field survey crews are equipped with electronic data collectors, including Global Positioning System (GPS), which enable them to perform a variety of land surveys. All field information is reduced to coordinate geometric files for design and layout calculations, or transferred to graphic files to facilitate computerized drafting in AutoCAD or MicroStation. Our surveyors can effectively produce the following surveys:

  • Route Surveys
  • Boundary and Cadastral Surveys
  • Land Development Surveys
  • Horizontal and Vertical Control Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Boundary and Monumented Land Surveys
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Geodetic
  • Public Lands (Rectangular) Surveys
  • Photogrammetric Control
  • As-Built Surveys
  • Construction Staking
  • Mortgage Loan Surveys
  • Machinery Positioning and Alignment
  • River Crossing and Hydrography
  • Underground Utilities and Appurtenances

Boundary and Retracement Surveys

We provide boundary and retracement surveys to determine and mark the boundaries of a specified parcel of land. Services include providing legal descriptions and exceptions (such as easements) for the parcel. Our staff will search for evidence such as existing property corner monuments, block corners, subdivision corners, and section corners. Once a sufficient amount of monumentation and other evidence are located, a series of measurements is performed and compared to the legal descriptions for the parcel.  After the determination of the boundary location, property monuments are placed at each corner.

ALTA/ACSM Surveys

S&ME provides ALTA/ACSM land title surveys in compliance with the standards adopted by the ALTA/ACSM American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. These surveys show improvements to any site, along with any easements, rights-of-way, and other elements impacting the land.

Right-of-way and Route Surveying

S&ME prepares right-of-way and route surveys for numerous state and local agencies. This includes determining property lines and right-of-ways along the proposed routes and preparing legal descriptions for right-of-way dedications of land parcels.  We routinely perform surveys of underground utilities for both private and public sector clientele. Our experience encompasses a broad range of project types from minor utility relocations to major public works programs. Our professional staff is experienced surveying major urban renovation and streetscape projects.

Construction Surveys

S&ME performs a variety of construction-related surveys including construction layout, staking, lines and grades for roadways, bridges, drainage structures, utilities, and building pads and foundations. We have provided construction surveys on a variety of physical terrains including urban, suburban, and rural settings.  Typical services include providing the construction crew with the specific relationship of the construction stake to the actual point of construction, coordinating with the contractor to accommodate any specific needs due to existing field conditions, and communicating clearly with the contractor about the distance of offsets and reference points for grades.

Topographic Surveying

Our staff has performed topographic surveys on a variety of physical terrains. Typical features include showing existing terrain land features and any improvements to the project. The topographic survey includes drainage patterns, locations of rock outcroppings, hills and other natural features.  These surveys also show utility locations including SUE (Subsurface Utility Engineering), detention ponds and other features, including tree location surveys when requested. Topographic contours can be shown at any interval to determine changes in land topography. Our staff gathers topographic information for overall site grading and elevation. This data is then used for a variety of construction and development purposes including placement of site improvements, or for volume determination.