Surveying Services

Terra offers complete Registered Professional Land Surveying services in Middle Georgia and South Atlanta including:

ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys: Generally known as an “ALTA Survey”, the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey is considered the “gold standard” of land surveys to commercial real estate professionals. ALTA/NSPS (American Land Title Association and National Society of Professional Surveyors) land title surveys are deeply detailed, including important property information such as property lines, boundaries, real property, easements, encroachments, liens, and land ownership data. The goal of ALTA/NSPS land title surveys is to provide consistency and uniformity to the title industry.

In order to really understand what a Land Title Survey is about, one needs to understand the land tenure system in the United States and the role of title insurance. That takes some time and effort, but the singular most important fact is that in the United States, there is no guarantee of  ownership of real property. A deed is, in fact, not proof of your ownership of real property, it is only evidence that you might own it. Read more

Boundary Surveys document the parameters of a parcel. Boundary surveys will locate existing property lines and define true property corners of a parcel of land described in a deed. They also indicate the extent of any easements or encroachments and may show the limitations imposed on the property by state or local regulations. 

Topographic Surveys or Contour Surveys are used to establish elevations on the parcel. They may be required as part of real estate transactions, civil engineering design, and construction projects. They show elevations and grading features for architects, engineers, and building contractors.

As-Builts: An As-Built Survey is used to locate construction improvements. Local or state zoning boards may require a certain number of as-built surveys during the course of a construction project to verify that improvements are complying with applicable regulations, as well as with any proposed plans already on file.

Construction Staking also known as “Construction Layout,” or “Site Layout Survey” is the process of analyzing and interpreting architectural and civil engineering plans and calculating appropriate offset survey points and elevations. It also involves placing stakes to mark the location and elevation of proposed grades, detention ponds, utility structures, curb and gutter, buildings or any other improvements as shown on the approved engineering design drawing or architectural plans. These stakes are set for each stage of construction, from rough grading to project completion.

FEMA-Flood Elevation Certificates: A flood elevation certificate is a document that is produced for the purposes of properly classifying properties that fall within FEMA flood map zones and used to determine flood insurance policy rates. A community’s permit file must have an official record that shows new buildings and substantial improvements in all identified Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs)are properly elevated. This elevation information is needed to show compliance with the floodplain management ordinance. FEMA encourages communities to use the Elevation Certificate developed by FEMA to fulfill this requirement since it also can be used by the property owner to obtain flood insurance. Read more

Property Line Staking is often required to build a fence, outbuilding or other improvements. Property line staking is an important assignment that every land owner should undergo to protect the value of the property.