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What is an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey?

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

As a professional lender or title company, you may encounter ALTA (American Land Title Association) surveys. Entities use ALTA surveys to gather information required to issue property titles or mortgage insurance. Since an ALTA/NSPS land title survey can take weeks to complete and cost several thousand dollars, typically they are used for commercial properties. ALTA/NSPS 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.

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What Do You Need Before a Boundary Survey?

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

A boundary survey is a method for ascertaining the exact limits of a piece of property. Most homeowners probably have a general idea where their property lines are, but it’s vital to determine where these lines lie accurately before doing any work near the boundaries of a property. Without an accurate survey, you may unintentionally violate your property lines and be held liable for any resulting damages.

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What Do Surveyors Need to Know About Drone Usage?

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Technological advances affect every industry. From real estate apps to high-definition scanning in the oil and gas industry, the modern world has a solution for almost any problem a worker might encounter. One such innovation is the drone — a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines came into effect August 29, 2016, that make drone use widely approved and available for commercial applications.

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How Did Oil and Gas Surveying Change This Year? And What’s Ahead!

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Land surveyors play an important role in assisting the oil and gas industries. A surveyor must determine exactly where a company should drill for best results, how pipelines should be correctly laid out, and to ensure any demand for a section of land is properly regulated.

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What Is a Plat Survey?

Posted on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

A plat is an officially drawn map of a land area that defines the boundaries between different parcels of property to scale. A plat survey is used to create this map as accurately as possible. Generally, the divided sections of land are described in metes and bounds. This is a system using features of geography, distances between points, and directions to mark the different boundaries. These boundaries are described from a starting point and circled around the area until they reach back to that same point.

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How Digital Records Help Different Kinds of Surveys

Posted on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Research is an important part of the land surveying process and is best done during the planning stage. A surveyor should check any past surveys for a section of land or property, no matter how old they might be, because they can reveal important information that might not be readily apparent now. This can include information relating to any past issues or repairs to the land that may come up again.

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Subdivision Development: What Surveyors Need to Know

Posted on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

A new subdivision can be a fantastic, economically friendly addition to any city. A subdivision reconstructs the land, dividing it into smaller parts to organize the space for development and/or sale. Most often, subdivisions become housing areas, with apartment buildings and cul-de-sacs, parks, and other suburban facilities.

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Common Surveying Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Posted on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Land surveyors are licensed professionals with advanced training. However, that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes once in a while. Land surveying is a highly technical process that involves knowledge of mathematics, technology, and specialized equipment. Of course, you can't rule out the margin for human error. No matter how talented a person is at his or her job, there will always be a mistake or two when the human element is involved.

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How Has 3D Laser Scanning Helped the Surveying Industry?

Posted on Wed, Sep 02, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

You've probably seen land-surveying equipment out in the world before – those strange-looking, brightly colored tripods often seen at construction sites. Land surveyors map out and measure the land and surrounding environment of construction sites and other types of property. They use mathematics, technology, and equipment to create an accurate portrayal of the property. Their surveys are used to draft blueprints, map dig locations, and collaborate with engineers. Land surveying is actually one of the oldest professions in the world.

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Four Ways Surveyors Can Showcase Their Profession on Social Media

Posted on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Sometimes your job can get a bad rap. When surveyors make a mistake or a small percentage are unethical in their practice, it reflects poorly on the industry as a whole. Luckily, the age of social media has the ability to turn the stereotype around. Surveyors can now take their individual reputations into their own hands by using social media to convey transparency in their practice and to show people what they really do on a day-to-day basis.

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