A topographic survey plots the natural and man-made surface features of an area of interest using standardized cartography. Presented in a standardised digital format, it’s the starting point for any further site development, planning and investigation.
Benefits & Applications
- Recognised standards. Our topographic surveys are undertaken according to RICS guidelines (Measured Surveys of Land, Buildings and Utilities, 3rd edition, 2014) ensuring a recognised and trusted standard of delivery.
- Standard deliverables. Because our topographic survey results are provided in standard CAD formats (DXF/DWG), they are straightforward to share and use as a base for further work – e.g. planning, design and modelling.
- Cost-effective surveying. Our state-of-the-art one-person total stations and RTK GPS equipment allow us to use small teams for rapid data collection, delivering highly cost-effective products.
- Integration with laser scanning. We will often supplement our projects with laser scanning and/or drones to provide us with operational efficiencies, meaning a 3D record of the site is available should it be required.
Topographic surveys have many applications, including:
- Plotting of greenfield and brownfield construction sites
- Civil engineering planning
- Environmental restoration projects
- Drainage analysis
- Demolition sites
- Mining and excavation
- Highways developments
- Landfill sites
- Schools and hospitals
Each survey is carefully planned to ensure we optimise our methods of working to gather the best dataset to support the client’s needs. As standard practice, we will often incorporate laser scanning and drones to capture a permanent 3D record of the site.
So if more information is necessary in the future, it is likely it has already been captured, preventing the need for another costly site visit.