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Understanding Land Survey Drafting For Engineering Projects

Civil Engineering projects involving construction and architecture infrastructure, require state of the art technologies like civil3D, AutoDesk, AutoCAD, and Revit, etc. This software help produce detailed and high-quality outputs. To get land survey projects done, an engineer needs a team of professional drafters, who deliver detailed construction CAD drawings, topographical profiles, and any other specifications required.

Different kinds of land survey draftings are done to get a complete picture of the survey performed by the land surveyors. These are some of the common surveys performed by land survey professionals.

ALTA Survey: 3710670926?profile=RESIZE_710xAn ALTA survey is specifically designed to satisfy the particular needs of lenders, corporations, and title companies for the development of commercial properties. A digitized version is prepared for the assessment and we do it from the sketch provided to us by the surveyor. An ALTA survey shows the boundaries of the property, location for improvement, fences, utility lines, roads, etc., along with the location of any easements. One should consider doing an ALTA survey when,

  • Buying a piece of vacant land.
  • Wanting detailed information about the land owned. 
  • Buying or selling commercial real estate.

AS-Built Survey:


Often, there are variations in a building and it’s little different from the original plan. Variations may occur accidentally that is economically unfeasible to correct. An As-built survey is to record these variations. We collect the plot record and the sketch provided to us and provide you with a digitized version of the survey in DWG format. As-built surveys have the potential to be extremely valuable to the owners and the operators of infrastructure facilities and stakeholders in large infrastructure projects. 

Construction As-built surveys may be required at different points during the construction process to monitor the construction as it’s occurring. As-Built surveys can be used when purchasing an existing building to verify what is being purchased and the landlines indicated in the purchase agreement.  

Boundary Survey:


To formally define the boundaries of a property, one needs to do a boundary survey. Generally, one commission boundary surveys before buying, dividing, improving, or building on the land. After getting the survey point A boundary survey is a legal document, therefore it needs to be meticulous. Boundary surveys are required when:

  • Determining the legal boundary position.
  • Calculating the area of your land for planning purposes.
  • Confirming any detail or log existing any physical boundary positions at a specific time for records or for future boundary re-establishment purposes.

Building Department Survey:


A building department survey provides data on the number and valuation of new housing units. The data are collected from local building permit offices and are reported on a voluntary basis. The surveyor will carry out a visual inspection. They will inspect the inside and outside of a building.

According to the structure of the property, in the building survey, the surveyor will comment on the situation and advice to go for a structural survey if any structural issue is there.

Cell-Site Survey:


Cell signal may vary greatly from one location to another location. Knowing the layout of the building and existing cell signals can really help to fix the problem. 

  • It shows you where the strongest signal is located.
  • You can determine where you want to place the broadcast antenna or design an antenna layout.
  • You can show the customer an accurate representation of their signal coverage.

Topographic Survey:


A topographic survey gathers data about the elevation of points on a piece of land and presents them as contour lines on a plot. The purpose of this type of survey is to collect survey data about the natural and man-made features of the land as well as its elevation. 

The data obtained at the property by the land surveyor will determine what the topographic survey looks like.

Sub-division Plan:


A sub-division plan involves the division of property into smaller lots. Land sub-division creates separate certificates of title, ready for sale. Land or property is subdivided because:

  • To provide a legal title to an existing development with limited or no potential for further development.
  • Creating lots on a bare land strata development.
  • For large-scale development, where substantial work is meant to carry out. 
  • Creating several new lots from one or more lots. 


Land survey drafting can be a daunting task and should be done very carefully. Land surveyors need CAD drafting to design and update maps which consists of the complete layout of the project. The best recommendation would be outsourcing your land survey projects for AutoCAD 2d drafting and other requirements. It’ll be much cheaper and give you the fastest turnaround time.  

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