Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Why Would I Want to Call a Land Surveyor?

We list land surveying as one of our specialties on our website, here’s the low-down on what it is and why you might want it.

Pretend you’re a major mall retail developer and you want to make some changes.  Before you talk to an architect, you’ll want to know exactly what you own and where the property limits are.  You’d want a drawing to summarize these details called a Boundary Survey or perhaps an ALTA Survey.

Now pretend you’re a project manager with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and you’re getting ready to widen a road.  Who do you want on the engineering team – why a land surveyor of course.  Our survey team will go out “shoot” or photograph the entire designated right-of-way, and maybe even “fly” the site to ensure that all sidewalks, interchanges, monuments and signage are in place and located.  If you were a DOT employee, your constituents would want accurate mile markers or road stationing. 

What if you were a Town Planner and you were considering a new water treatment facility.  Well you would certainly want a topographic site survey.  This map would provide ground contours to within a foot, along with spot elevations for accurate design.  Additionally this survey might help you determine utilities owned by the municipality.

Now you’re a school administrator and your school has raised enough money to build a new Sports Facility Storage Shed.  Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, you’re gonna call a land surveyor.  Why?  Because you’ll need some assistance assessing the best place for the shed on the school grounds so that it will not interfere with any underground or overhead utilities.

And so, you are likely a property owner.  Have you been thinking about building a new fence?  Our team of surveyors could ensure that you are building the fence on your property and make you aware of any recorded easements that may impact the location of where you would like to build your fence.

Ultimately, Land Surveying is the art of location…an important aspect to engineering excellence.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Green Your Home for Summer

Although some parts of the country are unfortunately still seeing snow, for most spring has finally sprung!  As you begin your spring cleaning chores, this is a great opportunity to discover new ways to help save energy (and money) during the upcoming hot summer months.  Many of these strategies are simple, economical and will reduce your energy consumption all season.

Ensure that your electronic devices, like computers, are placed at least a couple feet away from your air conditioner’s thermostat. These devices often produce extra heat that your thermostat can detect, causing the air conditioner to run longer than needed.

Your oven and stove produce a large amount of heat when cooking.  Grilling outside, microwaving your meals or using a toaster oven reduces the amount heat produced in your kitchen at dinnertime.