In order to provide the utmost in Civil Engineering services, a project must first begin with obtaining accurate horizontal and vertical field data. At Piggush Engineering, we are able to perform high quality land surveying services that are able to accommodate a wide range of field data and record documents. These documents include ALTA Land Title Surveys, Floodplain Surveys, Topographical Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Communication Surveys, Annexation Plats, Consolidation Plats, Easements as well as Subdivision Plats.

ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys are complex surveys that reference a current tile commitment. This survey provides boundary location and the location of any easements, servitudes, or covenants listed in the title commitment burdening the subject property. The current minimum standard detail requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys govern the content required on the survey. This survey is recommended for land transactions in excess of $500,000.

A boundary survey provides a service that shows limits of ownership or interest in real property. This occurs by the Surveyor performing a retracement of how the subject property was originally subdivided and created. Evidence of field data, monumentation, deeds, recorded plats and other record documents aid the Surveyor in determining the boundary location.

Construction staking, also known as site layout, is the process of interpreting construction plans and marking the location where proposed structures will be located.

A final grade survey occurs after construction and the property has been graded per plan to provide proof that the subject property has adequate runoff and drains properly.

A floodplain survey shows the elevation of the land and surrounding structures as it relates to the Federal Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).

A foundation survey is completed once the foundation has been poured and cured. This is done to ensure that the dimensions, location and elevation conform to the permit plat and municipal code before the builder resumes with the construction process.

Create surface files for implementation with the site excavation contractor and their GPS equipment in order to better facilitate the speed and accuracy of the rough grading of proposed site improvements.

Lot pinning is setting the lot property corners without producing a plat of survey.

A preliminary plat is a map of a proposed subdivision. The preliminary plat can include items such as location, utilities, topographic information.

A subdivision plat is required when a land owner is going to divide land into smaller parcels.

A topographic survey maps the contours of the land and shows any existing features on or slightly below the surface (example: trees, buildings, sidewalks, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of a survey depends on many factors, which include the type of survey being requested, location, terrain, size of property and the number of structures on the property.

A boundary survey is recommended before buying, subdividing, improving or building on land.

Building permit requirements vary, so we recommend that you check with your local building department to determine if a boundary survey is required for your project.

A retracement of how the subject property was originally subdivided is performed. Record documents and field data aid in solving the boundary location.

Original property corners are marked with iron rods or iron pipes. In some situations, they could be marked by a cut cross, mag nail, spindle, spike or stone. When the property is surveyed, the land surveyor will set a flagged lath that will mark the approximate location of the monument found or set.

The survey is only accurate provided the conditions upon and surrounding the property remain unchanged. If you are purchasing a property your lender may require a survey to have been completed within a certain amount of time. If you are making property improvements, we recommend contacting the building department to determine if you can use your current survey or if an updated survey is required.

An easement is the right to use the land of another. The title to the land remains in the owner, however use of the land is subject to the easement. The most common type of easement is a Utility easement, which grants all public utility companies the right to use the land for their systems.

Easements may or may not be shown depending on the information available to the surveyor. The land surveyor does not perform a document search on the property. If the client provides a Title report with Schedule B items listed that pertain to the surveyed property, then the easements will be added to the plat of survey.