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What Land Surveyor’s Use in the Field

As commercial land surveyors, we carry around a great deal of equipment to get the job done right. When out in the field, quite often we are mistaken for photographers because of the tripods, but the rest of our gear quickly dismisses that thought. We deal with precise measurements, so it’s crucial to have the right tools on hand.

Theodolite – A theodolite is a surveying instrument with a telescope for measuring horizontal and vertical angles. Some land surveying crews use transits and total stations as well, which are used for the same purpose.

Surveying Tripod – Be sure not to use your theodolite without your tripod, because it needs a place to sit as well. The survey tripod is a sturdy tripod that is designed to move as little as possible for accurate measurements.

GPS Units – Global Positioning System (GPS) is a navigation system that is used to determine an exact location, velocity as well as time 24 hours a day, in all types of weather conditions throughout the world. This device is typically used for the following:

  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Survey / Layout
  • Topography & As-Built Surveys
  • Grade Management
  • Site Work
  • Mapping
  • Utilities

UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft without a human pilot on board that includes a ground-based controller and a system of communications between the two. This allows for high accuracy aerial mapping for any location and can produce ortho-photos, overlays, 3D models, basic measurements along with as-built design comparisons.

Hand Tools – Besides the main equipment, a surveyor will need a host of other equipment to do the job well. Rope and measuring tape are great for rough measurements and marking, while items like picks and saws help clear debris to properly survey.

Clipboard – All the data needs to go somewhere, right? A clipboard and pencil are necessary to take measurements or notes down onto paper, or a good PDA would suffice as well.

At Stoner & Associates, we are experts in the area of boundary surveys, surveys specifications and various easements. Most importantly, we know that you need your survey to be completed on time for the closing date.  We work hard to be part of your team and to answer any and all questions pertaining to various easements, the survey, certifications, and title commitments.

For more information regarding commercial property easements and surveying services offered by Stoner & Associates, please call us at (954) 585-0997 or request a quote.



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