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30th Anniversary of Stoner & Associates, Inc.

Stoner & Associates, Inc. is proud to celebrate 30-years of providing quality surveying services throughout Florida. Since its founding in 1988, Stoner & Associates has experienced a tremendous growth and expansion of services designed to meet their clients’ specific needs while holding true to the mission of Experience, Excellence, Service and Technology.

The company was founded in Davie, Florida by James Stoner back in 1988. As a proud second-generation Land Surveyor, James has over 45-years of surveying experience in South Florida. Initially beginning his surveying career at Williams, Hatfield & Stoner, Inc where he worked his way up the ladder to become Vice President of the Surveying Department and then on to founding his own company thereafter.

“Stoner & Associates, Inc. growth has been driven by our strategic approach to deliver critical surveying services in a timely and accurate manner, making Stoner & Associates a trusted partner to both the private sector and government,” said James Stoner, President. He added, “We always apply the highest standards of accuracy and data collection to the surveys that we produce. It is our goal to provide accurate results and excellent products that meet or exceed our client’s expectations.”

The company’s milestone comes alongside a significant personal milestone for Mr. Stoner who is also celebrating his 65th birthday this year. His passion for Surveying has transitioned into the next generation making Stoner & Associates a true family run business. Mr. Stoner is joined in celebrating both of these milestones with his son Douglas, a field crew supervisor and his daughter Leigh Anne, who is the Internal Operations Manager along with the wonderful staff and crew of Stoner & Associates.

Technology Is Transforming - The Surveying Industry

As technology is rapidly changing how we live our day to day lives; technology is also playing a significant role in transforming industrial techniques across multiple industries.

Just as with other industries, surveying and mapping has rapidly evolved through new technological advancements that have revolutionized the field over the past few decades. Some of these advancements include robotic total stations, electronic distance measuring, lasers and ultrasonic tools along with drones and the advancement in GPS technology.

With the implementation of global positioning systems (GPS); the accuracy and speed in which surveys are performed has been transformed within the industry. As time and technology advanced over the past decades, GPS itself has significantly evolved from a handful of NAVSTAR satellites to a global constellation now referred to as Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) used to pinpoint positions anywhere in the world. These technological advancements have not only lead to faster and more accurate surveying but have improved cost efficiency and safety in the field.

With the assistance of other technological advancements in the field, GPS has revolutionized and will continue to revolutionize the industry for years to come. However, unlike other industries where technology is replacing workers, the need for experienced surveyors is still in high demand due to the complexity and expertise needed to properly implement these tools and deliver results that will stand the test of time. This has lead to great growth and demand in the industry over the past few decades.

While there are many benefits that technology has delivered in the field of surveying; the main benefits can simply be broken down into four key components that are essential in providing quality surveying and mapping services in 2019; speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and safety.

What You Should Know When Looking to Hire a Commercial Property Surveyor

So, you need a land surveyor; how do you find a qualified one? What should you expect in your survey?

There are many questions like these that you may be asking yourself and these are good. However, finding a qualified commercial property surveyor goes well beyond the “basic” questions. To help you make an informed decision; we have developed a list of questions and qualifications you should consider during your search for a professional commercial property surveyor.

Questions to Ask:

Are you licensed and insured?

This is common with most incorporated survey firms; however, having the right coverage is much different from project to project.

Do you have experience in completing the type(s) of survey(s) I need?

This is one of the most important questions you can ask due to the wide range of commercial survey types and the equipment needed to properly and accurately complete them. Experience drives accuracy, speed and overall quality of the final report.

What equipment will be used for my survey?

This is an extension of the experience needed; You want to ensure that your survey firm is operating with the latest technology and equipment available to provide an accurate and precise survey for you.

Availability and Timeframe?

In today’s fast paced world, time is money and having to wait for a survey to be completed can cost you in the long run. Therefore, it is important you have a proper understanding on the length of time the survey you are requesting should take. An experienced survey firm should be able to give you an accurate time table which you can utilized to complete your overall planning.

Other Qualifiers to Consider:

  • Training & Education
  • What Professional Affiliates or Certifications Do They Have
  • Are They Familiar with the General Area of the Survey
  • Can a Price Estimate Be Provided
  • What Is Included in the Final Report

If you are looking for a qualified commercial property surveyor, Stoner & Associates, Inc. is here to help. We will answer all these questions and more. Call us today to discuss your project at 954-585-0997.

5 Common Land Surveying Myths Debunked

Commercial Land Surveying can be a complicated business, and for that reason there are quite a few misconceptions about what it is and why it is needed. To help out, we have debunked five of the most common surveying myths:

Myth 1: Your land has been surveyed in the past and therefore you don’t need a new survey

It is true that all cities, towns or municipalities have mapped out all properties for tax purposes. However, this does not guarantee that the commercial property has been previously surveyed. Furthermore, even if it has, there is no guarantee the survey is accurate. With the advancements of technology in land surveying, only an up-to-date survey will guarantee accuracy of the proper boundary marks of your property.

Myth 2: If there are currently visible survey stakes there is no need to have another survey

Although survey stakes may be present on what you think is the proper property line; it could be quite possible that the past survey stakes may not be intended for marking your property line. Therefore, it is recommended to have a licensed Professional Surveyor determine where the property line begins and ends.

Myth 3: The fencing around the property designates the property line

This is not always the case. Often, previous property owners will utilize tree lines and other physical structures to connect the fence line to cut down on cost during installation. Therefore, the only way to truly know the correct property line is to have a professional survey performed on the property.

Myth 4: Surveys are too expensive and not worth the money

Property is often one of the largest investments anyone can make in one’s lifetime. Therefore, preserving that investment often plays an important role in a commercial real estate transaction such as insurance, maintenance, etc. However, most people don’t often think of surveys as an investment in your property; when the truth of the matter is, not having a proper survey on your property can cost you thousands of dollars.

Myth 5: Neighboring property owners cannot encroach over your property line

Property encroaching is a common issue within the survey industry. This issue can incur on both your end and or the adjacent property without a property boundary survey. Which is why investing is a professional commercial property survey is essential for preserving your property and its value.

There are many more myths and misconceptions about commercial land surveys and property boundaries it would be nearly impossible to list them all. However, if you have questions or would like to discuss other concerns, our team is here to assist you with all your commercial property survey needs. Call us today to discuss your project needs or questions at (954) 585-0997.

Land Surveying Expert Witness, When to Hire A Qualified Surveyor

When most people think of an expert witness they think of an accountant, a medical professional, forensics or a mental health expert. However, expert witnesses are used in a wide scope of legal issues which also includes issues related to land boundaries, surveys and more.
In certain litigation cases, a surveying expert witness can be an invaluable resource to either side. They can provide expert knowledge and expertise by first identifying, introducing and authenticating documents and other information within the case that is relevant to boundary disputes, elevations and more. These experts can speak to the relevance of certain information and how it should be applied to correctly position boundaries, elevations and other elements in order to draw a conclusion or final opinion on the matter.

Why Land Surveyors Make Great Expert Witness

Our judicial system relies heavily on the use of expert witnesses to inform judges and juries on the facts regarding specific components of a case. Therefore, in order to present a solid argument for either side, an expert witness is brought in to dispute erroneous or disputed components within their profession.

A land surveyor can utilize a wide range of tools and knowledge to address boundary and elevation issues that other construction, real estate or commercial property experts have limited knowledge of. A land surveyor can present detailed information that lends credibility to the overall presentation in the case.

In What Kinds of Cases Do Land Surveyor Typically Provide Litigation Support?

Land surveyors are used in cases throughout the United States to address a wide array of issues; most of which you may have not even considered relevant to their level of expertise. They often lend their expertise and support for accident scene documentation, construction disputes, project errors and omissions, and all types of encroachment issues related to boundaries or easements to name a few.

If you are looking for a qualified land surveyor, Stoner & Associates, Inc. is here to help. We will answer all these questions and more. Call us today to discuss your project at 954-585-0997.

About Stoner & Associates, Inc.

Since 1988, Stoner & Associates, Inc. has continually provided the highest level of quality service to each and every project. Staying true to the company mission statement of Experience, Excellence, Service and Technology: These are the watchwords that we apply to each of our clients' projects. Today, the company services the greater South Florida area including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties. Allowing the team of professionals to deliver critical surveying services in a timely manner to both the private sector and the government. For more information on Stoner & Associates, Inc., please call (954) 585-0997 or visit www.stonersurveyors.com.


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