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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.

By: Adam Hoffman

February 14th, 2018

Common Ways to Deal With Encroachments

land | CT | Real Estate | property line | encroachment | neighbor dispute | property deeds ct | Connecticut | boundaries

Dealing with encroachment issues can be stressful for homeowners, but there are ways to handle these concerns that can provide a higher level of resolution than others. Additionally, there are legal remedies if the homeowners are not able to settle the issue themselves. Any homeowners who cannot solve encroachment issues to the satisfaction of all the parties involved should certainly seek legal advice. But fortunately, most boundary and encroachment disputes never have to come to that.

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By: Adam Hoffman

August 3rd, 2017

FEMA Elevation Certificates: Get When Buying Flood Insurance

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | flood insurance

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By: Adam Hoffman

July 31st, 2017

Laser Scanning of Existing Buildings for BIM and Deep Energy Retrofits

3D Laser Scan | Projects | land surveying

Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Structures

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By: Adam Hoffman

May 19th, 2017

What's new at GHA

#technology | drones

Whats new at GHA & Hodge?

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5 Reasons To Hire a Civil Engineer.

Does Your Next Project Need a Civil Engineer? Here are 5 Reasons Why you Should Hire One.

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By: Adam Hoffman

May 11th, 2017

Surveyors little helper...

Hodge surveyors met a new friend yesterday.

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By: Adam Hoffman

November 21st, 2016

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Civil Engineer?

Civil Engineering

A Civil Engineer often carries out the design of construction projects such as land development, subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) or house building. Instinctively, since the design is not as tangible as the construction itself, people tend to try to save money on that part in order to keep more for the actual construction. As a rule of thumb, the design part of a project consists of approximately 5-20% of the budget while the actual construction uses the rest of the budget.

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By: Adam Hoffman

November 16th, 2016

The Importance of A Quality ALTA Survey

land surveying

If you are planning to acquire real estate or do some site improvements, you obviously have a lot to think about such as budget, location, and design. One of the most important papers you can own is your land survey. Having a proper ALTA survey done on your land could help you get peace of mind about your investment. 

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By: Adam Hoffman

October 20th, 2016

The Most Common Storm Water Management Problems and How to Solve Them

Civil Engineering | land surveying

A proper water management system is one of the keys to success of any construction projects. That is why it is a big challenge for any projects to be designed with a sustainable stormwater management solution.

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By: Adam Hoffman

September 21st, 2016

What is the Difference between Civil Engineering and Architecture?

Civil Engineering

In the construction industry, development projects usually require the knowledge and understanding of civil engineering and architecture. These are important disciplines that deal with the process of creating structures, such as buildings, airports, churches and houses. Both professions have critical functions that are essential in any construction job and they rely on one-another to accomplish a given task.

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By: Adam Hoffman

September 19th, 2016

What is a Utility Easement?

land surveying | Civil Engineering

Even though you own the property on which your home rests, the utility companies in the area might have the right to use parts of it. When you purchased your home might be a utility easement on the property. This is the case for many properties that are connected to a city power grid, sewer or water system.

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Does Your Next Project Need a Civil Engineer? Here are 5 Reasons Why you Should Hire One.

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