Five Things You Should Do Before Having an Engineering Survey on Your Site

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If you are developing a plot of land, you will need to have an engineer survey it before you can break ground and start building. Before the engineering surveyor arrives, however, you should take a bit of time to prepare. Here are a few things you may want to do:

1. Identify roads or pipelines you want involved in the surveying process.

Engineering surveys use coordinates to figure out where things are and where things should be built. In many cases, surveys use geodesic coordinates, but that is not the only option. You can also ask the surveyor to orient his or her points in relation to a fixed element such as a road or a pipeline. Ideally, you should identify these elements first so the survey engineer has a clear starting point.

2. Consider security and safety elements before the survey.

While marking elements at the building site, the survey engineer will use a range of markers including pegs, wooden posts, colored flags or similar items. If a child or a teen wanders by your site and pulls these markers out of the ground, you may be forced to repeat the survey.

To prevent this, you should have security elements such as a fence around your site.

3. Choose buildings you want to keep.

If the site already has some buildings on it and you are trying to decide whether you want to keep them or demolish them, you should have the surveyor look at them too. Make sure they are accessible, and let the engineer survey them for performance issues and health conditions. Ideally, the surveyor should be able to give you an idea of whether or not the buildings are worth saving and how much work will be needed to bring them up to par.

4. Get your construction trailer ready but keep it off the site.

Although it can be hard to work on a site without a trailer, you should wait until after the survey is over to place your construction trailer. Ideally, the surveyor should look over the land and help you identify the safest spot for the trailer. This spot should be safe in terms of the layout of the land and also in terms of leaving space for construction vehicles to drive around safely once you start building. Have your trailer ready so that you can place it as soon as the survey is done, so you can get to work as soon as possible. 

5. Gather questions.

Finally and most importantly, make sure that you have a list of questions ready for the individual doing the engineering survey. That way, you don't forget to ask anything. If you have questions now, contact an engineering surveyor today. 


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