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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.

Professional Land Surveyor Qualifications in The State of Florida

Becoming a professional land surveyor takes hard work and dedication to the craft. In order to obtain a professional surveyor and mapper license, all applicants must be approved by the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers prior to taking any examination for Florida licensure through the process of examination and or endorsement. First time applicants for licensure are entitled to take the licensure examination, after approval by the Board, to practice in the State of Florida as a professional surveyor and mapper if you are of a good moral character and have satisfied one of the following requirements:

Licensure by Examination

If you are applying for the first time for licensure by examination, you are entitled to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination, the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) examination, and Florida Jurisdictional examination, after approval by the board. To apply to practice in the state of Florida as a professional surveyor and mapper you must be of a good moral character and have satisfied one of the following requirements:

Option 1
The applicant has received a bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher in surveying and mapping or a similarly titled program, including, but not limited to, geomatics, geomatics engineering, and land surveying, from a college or university recognized by the board and accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The applicant must also have a specific experience record of 4 or more years as a subordinate to a professional surveyor and mapper in the active practice of surveying and mapping, which experience is of a nature indicating that the applicant was in responsible charge of the accuracy and correctness of the surveying and mapping work performed. Work experience acquired as a part of the education requirement may not be construed as experience in responsible charge.

If the applicant has received a bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher in surveying and mapping or a similarly titled program, including, but not limited to, geomatics, geomatics engineering, and land surveying, from a college or university recognized by the board but is not an ABET accredited program, then the course criteria must be met.

Option 2
The applicant has received a bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher in a course of study, other than in surveying and mapping, at an accredited college or university and has a specific experience record of 6 or more years as a subordinate to a registered surveyor and mapper in the active practice of surveying and mapping, 5 years of which shall be of a nature indicating that the applicant was in responsible charge of the accuracy and correctness of the surveying and mapping work performed.

The applicant must have completed a minimum of 25 semester hours in surveying and mapping subjects or in any combination of courses in civil engineering, surveying, mapping, mathematics, photogrammetry, forestry, or land law and the physical sciences. Any of the required 25 semester hours that were not completed as part of the four-year course of study may be approved at the discretion of the board. Work experience acquired as a part of the education requirement does not count as experience in responsible charge.

Licensure by Endorsement

If you are applying for licensure by endorsement, you are entitled to take the Florida Jurisdictional Examination, after approval by the board, to practice in the state of Florida as a professional surveyor and mapper if you have satisfied one of the following requirements:

Option 1
You hold a valid license to practice surveying and mapping issued prior to July 1, 1999, by another state or territory of the United States; have passed a national, regional, state or territorial licensing examination that is substantially equivalent to the examination required by Section 472.013, Florida Statutes; and you have a specific experience record of at least eight years as a subordinate to a registered surveyor and mapper in the active practice of surveying and mapping, six years of which must be of a nature indicating that you were in responsible charge of the accuracy and correctness of the surveying and mapping work performed.

Option 2
You hold a valid license to practice surveying and mapping issued by another state or territory of the United States where criteria for issuance of the license was substantially the same as the licensure criteria that existed in Florida at the time the license was issued.

Continuing Education Requirements to Maintain Your License in Florida

To maintain an active license in Florida, licensees must complete at least 24 hours of continuing education courses during each two-year period. All continuing education courses must be offered by a Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers provider and must be approved by the board to receive full credit.

To ensure you are working with a licensed professional surveyor and mapper in the state of Florida, the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers has included an easy to use license search database to help you ensure you are working with the best in their field.

Understanding Florida’s Flood Zones

Florida is well documented as a geographical region that can experience significant weather and flooding issues. Therefore, it is always strongly recommended that commercial property owners brush up on their understanding of flood zones and the impact they can have on flood insurance and overall flood risk.

Flood zones and elevation requirements are implemented and regulated through various government programs in order to ensure that property owners are protected from the threat of material and financial loss due to flood conditions. Since flood zones can change, it is important to fully understand FEMA guidelines and current flood maps.

Flood hazard areas in Florida can be identified on the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map as a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). SFHA are defined as the area that will be inundated by the flood event having a 0.2 percent to 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. The 1-percent annual chance flood is also referred to as the base flood or 100-year flood; while the 0.2-percent annual chance flood is referred to as the 500-year flood. Outside of these zones are the higher elevation zones which fall outside of the 0.2-percent annual flood probability know as Zone C or Zone X.

These Flood Hazard Areas are broken down and labelled within seventeen different zones:

Zone A
Zone AO
Zone AH
Zones A1-A30
Zone AE
Zone A99
Zone AR
Zone AR/AE
Zone AR/AO

Zone AR/A1-A30
Zone AR/A
Zone B
Zone C
Zone V
Zone VE
Zones V1-V30
Zone X

Flood surveys and elevation surveys are two popular services provided by Stoner & Associates. These surveys are required to ensure that all new buildings adhere to proper flood, elevation, and building requirements. This service is also provided to individuals that have been required to purchase flood insurance at the request of a lender. Elevation certificates for construction properties are available and help determine if a property is located within a designated flood zone.

In order to determine whether a property is located within a flood zone, the property must have flood certification. While some are hesitant to spend the money to acquire such a certification, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that flood insurance savings earned by following its flood guidelines average $90,000 over the span of 10 years. To search if your property may be in a FEMA designated flood zone visit the FEMA Flood Zone Map link for more information. To learn more about acquiring a flood survey and/or elevation survey for your property call us at (954) 585-0997.

Famous Historical Land Surveyors

Land surveying has played a vital role in the formation of all nations and the United States is no exception. In fact, did you know that one of the largest original land holders in the state of Georgia, Nobel Jones, was the state’s original and sole surveyors during the formation of Georgia? To this day Nobel Jones’ family is still the only “original” Georgia families that reside on the over 800-acre property (Wormsloe Plantation) they were allotted during the original settlement of the state.

Nobel was not the only famous land surveyor in US history, however. Many prominent figures in the formation of our great nation also spent a portion of their career within the surveying industry. Here are a few of the most notable figures that may surprise you:

George Washington - One of America’s most famous (and earliest) land surveyors is George Washington himself. The young future president got his bright start at the age of 17 in 1749. It was not long until he was appointed to be the Surveyor General for Virginia. Washington actually played an essential role at this time, because surveying the land promoted expansion westward.

Thomas Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson was appointed to work as the Albermarle County surveyor in Virginia in 1773. He also promoted surveying by sending Lewis & Clark on their expedition to explore the land gained through the Louisiana Purchase.

Abraham Lincoln - George Washington and Thomas Jefferson weren’t the only president to work as a surveyor. The nation’s 16th president got his start as a self-educated man in Kentucky. He worked as a storekeeper and postmaster in addition to surveying land and studying law at the same time. It is clear that Lincoln was a man with a great deal of talent and many skills, seeing how much time he spent participating in different types of work before he became president.

Daniel Boone - As an American pioneer and explorer from Kentucky, Daniel Boone resolved settler’s claims to land. He was known to have spent much of his time traveling around the American frontier. In spite of the fact that he had no formal schooling, Boone went on to become an expert tracker by the time he was a teenager. In the years following, he took to surveying.

Henry David Thoreau - Though most might know of Thoreau as an author, he actually became a surveyor in the 1850s before he published his books. Being a surveyor allowed Thoreau to use his career to facilitate his hobby. Thoreau used his observations to journal his ideas.

Benjamin Banneker - As a self-taught African American mathematician and surveyor, Benjamin Banneker was remarkably successful. In 1789, Washington even appointed Banneker to be part of the team surveying the future site of Washington, D.C. The project took about two years.

William Clark & Meriwether Lewis - Lewis and Clark were tasked with some of the most intensive land surveying in American history. While Lewis had a reputation as more of a planner, Clark was an expert surveyor and mapmaker. Together, the partners traveled across the land then known as the Louisiana Purchase, making their way to Oregon to scout it out.

When Do You Need an ALTA Land Survey?

An ALTA Survey is a survey prepared by a licensed surveyor in accordance with detailed standards adopted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The ALTA Survey is a land title survey that assesses the boundaries, the location of the improvements on the property, including buildings and other structures, fences, utility lines and installations, trails, paths and roads, etc., as well as the titles and improvement locations of a property and the location of all access areas.

When acquiring commercial real estate, it is important to conduct due diligence to ensure there are no surprises that will affect the value or use of the property. One aspect of the due diligence process is considering obtaining an ALTA Land Survey. The following are two main reasons for obtaining an ALTA Survey:

  • To specifically locate both record and non-record matters that affect the property, which can be imperative for evaluating what terms to proceed with the land acquisition. This is important when the preliminary title report contains many or hard to locate easements, or when the ground appears to be complicated.
  • To satisfy the title insurer’s requirements for the issuance of ALTA title insurance coverage for Survey Risks.

When purchasing commercial real estate, title companies may require an ALTA Land Survey prior to issuing title insurance covering the Survey Risks such as (1) encroachments, boundary line disputes, or other matters that would be disclosed by an accurate survey of the commercial property; and (2) easements or claims of easements not shown in public records.

An ALTA Land Survey will identify:

  • Buildings, fences or other improvements from adjacent properties that encroach onto the property being acquired;
  • Buildings, fences or other improvements located on the commercial property being acquired that encroach onto adjacent properties;
  • Buildings, fences and other improvements located on the commercial property being acquired that encroach onto existing easements (utility, access, etc.) located on the commercial property being acquired;
  • Existing record easements that might have an adverse impact on the use of the property being acquired; and
  • Potential easements or claims of easements that may not be disclosed in the public records but indicated by facts on the ground that might adversely impact the commercial property being acquired.

It is recommended to request an ALTA Land Survey at least 30-days before the need for title insurance, as this survey will provide information necessary to the issuance of title insurance. In addition, the ALTA Land Survey must be completed prior to the closing of escrow. It is best to speak with a professional land surveyor as early on in the process as possible, in order to maximize time.

At Stoner & Associates, we are experts in the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys specifications, including the optional Table “A” Requirements.  We can advise you on these confusing requirements and help you design a survey that will meet the lender’s requirements, without adding unnecessary and expensive requirements.

Most importantly, we have worked with legal professionals and know that you need accuracy and reliability.  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 the survey drawing, certifications, and title commitments.

For more information regarding the ALTA / ACSM land title surveying services offered by Stoner & Associates, please call us at (954) 585-0997 or request a quote.

Property Easements, What You Need to Know

An easement is an interest in property that allows another person the legal right to use or own parts of the property owner’s land for a specific purpose. Essentially, it gives the someone the right to trespass on your land as long as it follows the easements restrictions. Understanding how easements may affect your commercial property and the value of the property can prevent major issues down the road for the landowner.

Typically, an easement is created for specific purposes and can be given to anyone, including neighbors, government agencies or private parties. Because easements concern real property, they are governed by real property law. When acquiring commercial real estate, it is important to conduct due diligence to ensure there are no surprises that will affect the value or use of the commercial property. An aspect of this due diligence process is obtaining a Boundary Survey. During the process of preparing a Boundary Survey, the surveyor works in unison with the purchaser’s attorney and title company to ensure that exceptions (easements, access, zoning, etc.) listed in the title policy are accurately plotted on the survey drawing. The following are various types of property easements to consider:

  • Utility Easement - A utility easement is a common type that allows the local utility companies the right to use parts of the land. These easements are necessary for the existence of electricity, telephone, television, water, and sewer systems on the property. Typically, there are already existing utility easements on a property at the time of purchase. Utility easements generally will not affect the value of a commercial property unless it imposes tight restrictions on what the property owner may and may not do.
  • Public Easement - In some areas, the general public has the right to use certain areas, streets, and paths. In these cases, a public easement would give the public the right to use a part of the property. This may be the case in the event of protected land, such as a reservation or park. Public easements often come into play when the government dedicates certain areas of land for public use.
  • Private Easement - A private easement is one the property owner sells to another individual. Prior to purchasing the property, it is important to inspect any private easements listed on the title. Review copies of the actual easement documents to learn where they are and what uses/restrictions they require. Private easements may limit what you can build or install on your commercial property based on the terms.
  • Easement by Necessity - Sometimes easements are unavoidable. In situations where access to a piece of land must go through your commercial property, an easement by necessity may come into existence. The property owner does not have the right to stop these easements, as this would encroach on the neighbor’s legal rights. Where land gets divided, easements by necessity occur the most often.
  • Easement by Prior Use – Occasionally, previous landowners have easements from divided pieces of property but forget to include them on titles and deeds. If a landowner forgets to include an easement in the deed, they must prove the existence of the easement by prior use. To establish this type of easement, the commercial property owner needs to show common ownership of two properties at one time, a severance of the properties, easements before and after the severance, notice of the easement, and that the easement is necessary.

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 the ALTA / ACSM land title surveying services offered by Stoner & Associates, please call us at (954) 585-0997 or request a quote.

The History of Land Surveying

Did you know that Land Surveying is one of the oldest professions in the world? Let’s look at the history of land surveying and how it has influenced modern land surveying.

Land Surveying

Ownership of land has always been and is still today a very significant part of the lives of everyone in the world. Whether it was used to establish which ancient tribe owned which land segment or the boundaries of major cities as they formed across the globe, the history of land surveying is incredibly interesting.

By definition, Land Surveying is the process by which land is surveyed and measured using mathematical means.
The first examples of land surveying date back to the ancient Egyptians in Giza during the constructing of the Great Pyramid in 2700 BC. There is evidence that the Egyptians used basic geometry to draw boundary lines when the Nile overflowed its banks.

The Romans were the next civilization to advance on the initial land surveying techniques of the Egyptians. Historical evidence shows that the Roman Empire was the first civilization to employ an official land surveyor within their Empire. They used simple tools to create straight lines and angles. The land surveyors had a range of jobs in the Empire and some of their work is still evident today.

One of the best-known players in land surveying history was Napoleon Bonaparte – who was trying to conquer the world. He always ensured that he had very precise maps produced that were drawn down to scale both at 1:2500 and 1:1250. The cadastres he had, a comprehensive land recording of the real property's metes-and-bounds, were widely used.

Modern Land Surveying

As time has progressed, land surveying tools and techniques have advanced and the role of land surveyors is much broader than it was in the past. These days land surveyors have access to much more accurate tools such as GPS (global positioning systems). Of which, any large project will need GPS-based surveying in order to be in compliance with state, federal and sometimes local laws.

Total Stations are also very commonly used in today’s land surveying. A total station is an electronic/optical instrument that uses electronic transit theodolite in conjunction with electronic distance meter (EDM). It is also integrated with a microprocessor, electronic data collector and a storage system allowing for a more precise land surveying process. Total stations are mainly used by land surveyors and civil engineers, either to record features as in topographic surveying or to set features such as roads and boundaries.

A newer technology on the scene that is in its infancy are the use of drones. Drone surveys, aerial surveys, UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) surveys, and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) surveys are an increasingly popular method of surveying form the air. Mapping with drones is done using Photogrammetry which is the science of making measurements from Photographs. Multiple overlapping photos of the ground below are captured as the aircraft flies autonomously along a flight path that we specify beforehand.

At Stoner & Associates, we have a long-standing company history within the surveying industry and are very knowledgeable with the latest equipment and techniques available to provide accurate surveys. Most importantly, 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.

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.

New Year – New Construction Projects Ahead

With the beginning of a new year we are pleased to work on many new construction projects. The following are just a few in our pipeline:

McJunkin Farms - Loxahatchee Road , Parkland , FL

Lakewood Road Apartments – Lake Worth, FL

Dania Beach Energy Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL

NW 68th Ave Canal Headwall – Sunrise, FL

With any new construction project comes a set of required services involved in order to develop the new site properly. The first important item is having a Boundary Survey performed. Whether the site is already vacant or there is scheduled demolition in the works, this type of survey can provide the full picture. Aside from existing improvements, the Boundary Survey will likely require additional information such as a more comprehensive utility inspection, including underground, as well as topographic data and or possibly locating elements of improvements.

At Stoner & Associates, we provide the most common surveys that are necessary for any new construction projects, including:

  • Boundary Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • As-Built Surveys
  • FEMA Elevation Certificates
  • Construction Layout Surveys

For new construction projects in South Florida, during the initial permitting stage, the building department verifies that the planned construction complies with the local zoning codes, proper building setback and greenspace requirements as well as the drainage capabilities. With the aid of these surveys and site plans in hand, the process can run smoothly.

As the new construction begins, the contractor will require Construction Layout Surveys or “stakeouts” of proposed improvements although some contractors choose to perform minor layout services themselves if allowed by law.

Additionally, the building department may require periodic As-Built Surveys to ensure that construction is following the planned horizontal and vertical positions. Site grading may require a Topographic Survey to find current ground elevations or stakeout proposed vertical positions. Towards the completion stage of the project, a final Boundary Survey and FEMA Elevation certificate is generally required in order to receive a Certificate of Occupancy.

At Stoner & Associates, we confirm all details regarding the scope of services for any new construction project and look forward to learning about your next new construction project for 2020.

Why Land Surveying Is Important

Surveyors  play an important part in  all real estate transactions; from determining property boundaries to mapping elevations for land  development, a licensed surveyor is the only legal entity authorized to perform vital components in most real estate endeavors.

What Is Land Surveying

When you ask most people about land surveyors and what they do the common response that comes to mind is mapping boundaries for roads, properties and more. The fact is land surveyors work on a variety of projects from planning and constructing new or improving existing infrastructure, land development, various construction projects such including buildings, highways, bridges, sports fields, agriculture, etc. to monitoring and environmental assessment.

Why Is Land Surveying Important

The truth is, without land surveying, real estate transactions would not have clear boundaries, roads would not have proper elevation and drainage, underground utilities would not be possible and much more. Some of the most important components that surveyors bring to real estate and infrastructure projects include:

  • Provide visible boundaries
  • Prepare sites for construction
  • Map out drainage
  • Map out underground utility grids
  • Help identify flood zones
  • Map out irrigation and sewer lines
  • And more.

Commercial Surveyors help to survey the land that the following are constructed on:

  • Bridges
  • Airfields
  • Ports
  • Highways
  • Railways
  • Irrigation
  • Sewer lines
  • And more

For these and other areas, it is critical to understand that there are many different zones that allow for different land uses to be conducted. There also may be overlays such as vegetation protection on the land as well as minimum and maximum land size for subdivisions, building heights and plot ratios that are important to know. Having the boundary lines and topographic heights accurately measured for a project ensures you can address and accommodate all of these issues while still completing the project.

A qualified land surveyor will survey the site to provide information including the location of features such as buildings and building heights, the land slope, road features and vegetation along with utilities that maybe present.

At Stoner & Associates, we are South Florida’s leading land surveying company. Let our team survey you’re your upcoming project, call us at  (954) 585-0997 or request a quote.

A Close Look a Topographic Surveys

A Topographic Survey is a survey that collects data on the elevation points of an area of land and presents them as contour lines on a plot. In general, a topographic survey will provide data on the natural and man-made features of the land, in addition to its elevations. The characteristics of a topographical survey can these common elements:

Natural & Man Made 

A Topographic Survey is commissioned to define the natural and man-made objects situated on a parcel of land.  A Topographic Survey can be combined with a Boundary Survey to reflect property lines in addition to the physical features. 


Topographic Surveys generally reflect the elevations of the land, when measured at a specified interval.  The elevation data can be combined with the location of physical features to determine drainage patterns and spatial relationships for objects located on the land being surveyed.


Any visible improvements on the lot can be identified and shown on the Topographical Survey. Utility lines, streetlights, pipe markers, electric boxes, and any visible evidence can be shown on the drawing. Items that are buried or located underground are marked by third-party companies and the surveyor can include their markings on the drawing.


Contour lines show where the peaks and the valleys of the land lay. For instance, if there is a significant slope on a property, the contour lines on the drawing will show every time there is a drop in vertical feet. In general, the smaller the cumulative drop, the more detailed the survey becomes.


When a stream or a wooded area is located, their attributes are identified by the land surveyor and data regarding the location of those attributes is obtained. The surveyor will locate individual water areas, trees and bushes, as well as the outer perimeter of a brushy area.

For more information regarding the topographic surveying services offered by Stoner & Associates, call us at (954) 585-0997 or request a quote.

What’s Involved in a Utility Map

Utility Map, also known as Underground Utility Location Survey or Utility Mapping, shows the positioning and identification of buried pipes and cables beneath the ground. The procedure involves detecting things like sewers, electric cables, telecoms cables, gas and water mains.

The purpose of this particular type of survey is the horizontal location of underground utilities by means of locating above ground marks set by a Utility Locator. The location of the marks are obtained by a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) observations and conventional methods.

The survey data that is collected is imported into a drawing file using line types corresponding to the surveyed utility. Drawing files can be used as reference files and/or overlaid in Google Maps system.

A Utility Survey Typically Includes:

  • The location of reference points for test hole/soft digs
  • Location of elevation of said mark

Why are utility maps important?

Whenever breaking ground is needed for a project, Utility Maps are important to utilize as they show accurate positions of the buried utilities that can be encountered. Utility Maps also help in preventing digging into or damaging any utilities that may cause harm to the public or your workforce.

For more information on Utility Mapping Services offered by Stoner & Associates, call us at (954) 585-0997 or request a quote.

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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