5 Types of Land Surveys & What They Are Used For

5 Types of Land Surveys & What They Are Used For

surveyor with surveying equipment

Did you know that there are a number of different types of land surveys available to property?

Depends on your property intentions your consulting surveyor can assist you in determining the right type of survey for your needs. We’ll also share with you some aspects of surveying that you might not have thought about before, and the positive impacts they can have on your development and the world.

Read on to find out more, with 5 different types of land surveys below.

1. Cadastral Surveys

Cadastral surveying is a type of land survey that establishes the boundaries and dimensions of your property.

This helps landowners and property developers know exactly what area they’re working with, as well as defining land ownership by law. It creates new boundaries and identifies existing ones. Establishing this early on can prevent much time, stress and money further down the track by any boundary disputes or community opposition.

2. Hydrographic Surveys

A type of land survey that isn’t actually on land?

Hydrographic surveying maps and measures the ocean, rivers, creeks – any kind of waterway. This helps provide important navigation, storm water & hydraulic information for land owners, governing agencies, developers and investors.

3. Mining Surveys

As an extension of land surveying, mining surveyors build on their existing skills with additional knowledge required for working underground.

They provide invaluable information to mining companies about mine and tunnel dimensions and space. This has a large impact on safety for miners and the industry. With their expertise in measuring and mapping below ground, their skills can also be used to find underground resources.

4. Topographic Surveys

A topographic surveyor carries out land surveys that specifically focus on defining any natural and man-made structures in the area.

This can include identifying existing trees, creeks, hedges, and areas of sloping land, for example, to help architects and engineers work around those natural obstructions and to those conditions.

Man-made structures can include things like existing buildings, barriers, fences, or landscaping elements. Again, engineers or property developers will need to factor these structures into their plans.

5. Environmental Planning Surveys

With climate change affecting the planet and every aspect of our environment, the importance and relevance of environmental surveyors is very real.

These men and women generally work in research projects, studying and monitoring aspects of areas and wildlife, and developing environmental impact statements and reports. Developers can work ethically with environmental planning surveyors to ensure that their plans have the lowest possible impact on the environment.

Sustainability is also a very important aspect of any development, and surveyors can provide you with the information you need about your property for you to make better choices about your water, energy, and waste management practices.

6.  Aerial  Surveys

Did you know that surveyors also undertake surveys from above? Yes that’s right. For large scale projects aeroplanes (manned aircraft) and drones (unmanned aircraft) are used to survey urban infrastructure, mining & industry, agriculture, environmental compliance, defence and even media and advertising

Get in touch with Arnold Development Consultants (ADC) if you’d like more information about different types of land surveys and what they’re used for, or to find a qualified registered surveyor for your project.