Topography is the study of shapes, features and contours of
physical bodies. The results of topographical surveys
can be shown through a range of different designs.

These designs can be a simple hand-drawn map illustrating
landmarks and local features, or in the form of a sophisticated 3D-map showing
elevations, measurements and physical features.

What a topographical
survey can provide

The survey provides an in-depth analysis of a specific area
of land, usually in two or three dimensions. The survey records various points
of interest that are sitting above and below the earth’s surface. The features
recorded will be decided by the client, this can include naturally occurring
physical features such as streams and trees, mad-made features such as paths
and cables or built environment features, including walls and manhole covers.

The level of detail in a topographical survey differs from
project to project because each client has different requirements.

The finished topographical survey, produced in either a
digital or paper format, is then used in the planning stages of a building or
infrastructure project. Having the survey to hand is an important way for
architects and engineers to review the site before starting work. Having this
common knowledge before starting a project helps to avoid costly setbacks and
delays down the line.

Employ the right
surveyor to help your project

It’s important to employer a surveyor who understands the
need of a particular project, as they will be able to identify and suggest
certain features that a client may have overlooked at first.

Whatever the size or scope of the project, and however big
or small your budget is, it’s important for the client to understand the
purpose of the survey before engaging the services of a surveyor.  Doing this will help a land surveyor map
precise features and keep
costs to a minimum
.