What is a Topographic Survey and when is it needed?

Topographic Surveys are used to identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features on the surface of the earth or slightly above or below the earth's surface (i.e. trees, buildings, streets, walkways, manholes, utility poles, retaining walls, etc.).  If the purpose of the survey is to serve as a base map for the design of a residence or building of some type, or design a road or driveway, it may be necessary to show perimeter boundary lines and the lines of easements on or crossing the property being surveyed, in order for a designer to accurately show zoning and other agency required setbacks.


Topographic Surveys require "bench marks" to which ground contours are related, information regarding surface and underground utilities, determination of required setbacks, etc.

From Weblog

October 10, 2016

Adobe Associates, Inc. recently acquired two drone aircraft, the INSPIRE 1 and PHANTOM III. Our pilots, Jeff Jaggars and Dan Langley are eager to utilize this new technology on a host of projects throughout Sonoma, Napa, and Lake County.  Whether it is evaluating the location of fence lines, calculating vineyard acreage, or drafting site maps, aerial imagery captured with drones has proven to be an effective tool to capture orthorectified photography of a project site.

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