What is the Purpose of a Perimeter Survey?
Did you ever wonder what the distance was around your property or piece of land? A perimeter survey can determine the measurement around your property and is conducted by a professional surveyor to ensure that an accurate report is conducted and recorded.
What Exactly is a Perimeter Survey?
If you didn’t know before, a perimeter survey is a specific type of survey that measures the distance along the boundary lines of your land. A perimeter survey is important to find out the exact location of your property lines and you can also discover if there is any encroachments on your property. Although it might sound like a simple survey where you just need to measure the length of your boundary, in reality it includes many other assumptions and calculations. While the surveyors use this approach, they have to analyze, calculate and measure a wide range of factors which includes but not limits to:
Unresolved conflicts with existing property deeds & maps
Lines of occupation: fences, walls, hedges, yards, and natural elements
Tools & Techniques
Professional land surveyors use different tools & techniques in perimeter surveys that include both conventional and modern technologies. However, most of the surveyors prefer to use the conventional surveying tools & techniques that include bearing and distance or compass and tape. Although they are considered primitive tools, they still remain an important assett to a land surveyor.
Ahough there are some minor adjustments and improvements in the compass and tape, they still follow the same age-old concept and technique. In addition to them, surveyors will use GPS technology in a perimeter survey which is one of the greatest advancements in the surveying industry. Both of these two techniques, if carried out by a professional, can result in a detailed analysis of your property with a small margin of error. Typically, a surveyor would prefer to use the bearing and distance technique when working over a smaller distance and use GPS technology on larger distances.
About Adam Hoffman
Hoffman began his surveying career back in 1978 when he worked for his uncle, Bernard Godfrey. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College, he worked his way from rod-man to transit-man and eventually party-chief. In 1988 when Adam received his Land Surveying license, he and Mr. Godfrey formed Godfrey-Hoffman Associates. After 12 years of a great partnership, Mr. Godfrey retired which left Mr. Hoffman with the entire business.