Rock Run Surveys grasp new trends in engineering, mapping and surveying. This is how we help you plan, design and build better.
We offer the following services:
Boundary & Lot Surveys
Metes and Bounds Descriptions
FEMA Elevation Certifications
3D Terrestrial Scanning
Aerial Drone Mapping
Photo Ground Control
A boundary drawing is a legal document that shows the bearings and distances that make up the boundary of a lot. This drawing can only be created after a boundary survey has been completed on the subject property. A boundary drawing can include details of the lot including structures, large improvements, corner monumentation, land area to name a few, and is signed and sealed by a licensed land surveyor.
The location drawing has several purposes. Typically these drawings are created during the sale of a property. They occasionally can be used during the submission for construction permits for decks and fences. A location drawing includes the boundary outline, improvements on the lot and is signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor. These drawings are dimensioned to the nearest foot or more and are not as accurate as a boundary survey drawing. These drawings contain notes including, "Is not to be relied upon for the establishment or location of fences, garages, buildings, or other existing or future improvements;" and "Does not provide for the accurate identification of property boundary lines, but this identification may not be required, for the transfer of title or securing financing or refinancing."
Location drawings are not a boundary drawing.
Topographic surveys can collect detailed site information, help identify drainage issues, and provide elevations and contours. This services can aid in the design of engineering drawings, lot plans, and as-builts. Site topo can be tied to the current datum or existing site datums. Methods for collecting topo include conventional total station surveying, terrestrial scanning, and aerial drone capture.
The FEMA elevation certification is commonly required by insurance companies if a home is impacted by a flood zone. FEMA flood maps determine approximate elevations of the flood zones, and the purpose of the elevation certificate it to certify the elevation of the structure and compare it to the flood zone. Certification also includes identifying the building type and number and size of any necessary flood vents.
A lot stake out is useful in identifying the precise location of lot lines when determining if trees, fences or other items are encroaching. A lot stakeout is also very helpful when installing a fence or improvement that may be near the property line. In order to complete a lot stakeout survey, the subject property and adjoining property's deeds and records are researched and the lot lines are drawn. Field work is completed to determine if property markers have been set and to tie down property markers on adjoining lots. Once the field information is located, it is paired with the property records. A licensed land surveyor will make lot line determinations based on this evidence and information. Once the determination is made, the lot lines can be staked out to physically show the location of the boundary line. A boundary drawing can be included but is typically an extra cost. (See Boundary Drawing for more info.)
A boundary survey is required to determine the precise location of lot corners. In order to complete a boundary survey the subject property and adjoining property's deeds and records are researched and the lot lines are drawn. Field work is completed to determine if property markers have been set, and to tie down markers on adjoining lots. Once the field information is located, it is paired with the property records. A licensed land surveyor will make a lot line determinations based on this evidence and information. Once the determination is made, the missing property corners are set with an 18" rebar and a cap identifying the surveyor who set it. The found corners will be staked and flagged to mark their location. A boundary drawing can be included but is typically an extra cost. (See Boundary Drawing for more info.)
No one likes to disagree with their neighbor, but sometimes it happens. These disputes can go on and on, but the best way to resolve it, without moving, is hiring a surveyor. A dispute can be tough to deal with especially if the arguing neighbor is knowingly in the wrong. As a surveyor it is important to respect both parties and tread lightly in these situations. If you are disputing another surveyor, can reach out to collect any survey data the other surveyor is willing to provide, but typically only after we complete our research and field resonance. We try to build our conclusion before we review theirs. If there is a difference we work with the other surveyor to determine if a piece of information is missing by either party and what corrective action needs to take place to resolve the issue. If the neighbor removes property markers after the survey We can provide the documentation of our field locations and the fee for marker replacement, if legal action is required.
3D point clouds and terrestrial scanning is a new and emerging trend in surveying. The applications for scanning covers multiple engineering disciplines including architectural, civil, structural and environmental. It is useful for precise measurements on monitoring projects, detailed design projects, visual rendering and much more. 3D scanning is used for the creation of visual effects, video games, and real world mapping. We can export scans into multiple formats that work with many different designing software including Microstation, Autocad, Navisworks, Recap, Revit, and Unreal Engine 5, just to name a few.
With the new technology arriving on drones, drone surveys are quickly picking up speed and many companies are jumping in. The only problem is, many of these new companies are not surveyors, licensed to complete the work. Survey experience is required to establish good ground control and checks before the flight is performed. Many drone companies provide "survey equipment" but they don't always provide the software and experience to adjust the survey control. This leads to bad volumetic data, errors in contouring, and many more problems. The level of accuracy on uncalibrated control actually decreases with each flight. Start off on the right foot and have your site flown correctly the first time. The site data can be viewed in multiple software platforms including Microstation, Autocad, Navisworks, Recap, Revit, and Unreal Engine 5, just to name a few.