If you are looking for a land surveyor for your construction project, having knowledge of and experience in using the latest technology should be your top criterion for selection. Modern day land survey is much more than the traditional way where land boundaries were determined by strides and established by a marked stone placed strategically on the ground. Technology has provided means by which land surveyors can not only establish boundaries but offer guidance in construction both above and below ground level.
Land survey is a critical part of the construction industry, whether for small projects like construction of homes or for larger infrastructural projects spanning entire countries. It is therefore important that when selecting a land surveyor for your construction project, you get the best possible professional who can do an excellent job within the shortest amount of time possible. In order to do this, your land surveyor must be familiar with these four major technologies of the industry.
Robotic Survey Systems
This has been used by land surveyors for years and continues to evolve and improve with time. Robotic land surveying equipment increases the accuracy of land surveys exponentially, thereby reducing and almost eliminating the chance of human error. It also increases the efficiency of the land survey process, thereby saving time on the project. For instance, a two-man team using this equipment can locate 200 points in just one day. Robotic equipment allows work to continue at night, in foggy conditions and during heat waves that may have affected a surveyor's ability to work
Global Position System (GPS)
This tool works through triliteration, where positions of various objects are located using simple geometry. In land survey, GPS is an improvement on the use of reflectors which were used for determining distances based on the light they would return. GPS is more accurate and much faster than using reflectors. It depends on satellites, using them to find coordinates and exact measurements of distances using the radio signal's traveling time as indicated on the GPS receiver.
3D Laser Scanning
This uses lasers attached to devices to make millions of measurements of an object at a time. The data collected in then used to generate a 3D virtual model of the actual object. It is useful in measuring existing buildings and structures as well as creating realistic digital rendering of potential buildings. 3D laser scan outputs are useful in advising architects and contractors on the viability and design preferences of a particular construction project.
It is important to ask your land surveyor about which tools they are going to use before deciding to hire them for your project.