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Engineering Projects

Why land surveying is essential.

Posted May 4, 2016

We’ve all seen them – someone standing on the side of the road as you drive by with a tripod and a transit – but what are they actually doing? These folks are part of a network of surveyors and engineers who provide site surveys to establish boundaries, determine distance and location, and create maps. The data from these surveys is used across a variety of industries, from mining to roadways and residential design to construction.

To spread the word about the surveying profession and help you determine whether you require the assistance of a surveyor, we asked some of SynTerra’s own surveying team to share the details with you.

What is the core function of a surveyor?

To accurately determine three-dimensional points in space as well as the distances and angles between them.

Why would businesses contract surveyors to assist with their projects?

To prepare topographic maps, property and permit boundaries, building locations and dimensions.

What is the biggest challenge a surveyor faces in the field?

Staying on the cutting edge of ever-evolving technology. It is imperative that we generate the most accurate surveys in the shortest amount of time for the best price. To do so requires constant adaptation.

What do you want others to know about the surveying profession?

A good survey is the building block of any project. All engineering calculations performed will only be as accurate as the source data acquired. Surveying information becomes outdated as land is developed and properties change; thus, the age of the survey is as relevant to accuracy as the equipment and performance of the surveyor. Therefore, it is imperative to have a recent, well-performed survey as the backbone of project development.