There are plenty of reasons you might want to conduct an engineering survey of your own property. You might be considering building an extension or some other small structure, for example, and need to know the elevation of your land before you begin. Leveling--figuring out the relative elevation between two points--is widely considered to be the simplest form of engineering survey, and there are two main ways you can figure out levels on your own at home without a great investment.
Before you invest your time, money and energy in acquiring this equipment and learning how to use it, however, it's important to consider whether you might be better off hiring a professional land surveyor. The relative elevation between two points is a vital statistic for anyone hoping to build a trailer home or pier, and you should be able to calculate this yourself. You can also quite easily figure out whether or not your new raised beds are flat, or satisfy your curiosity about the height of hills on your land. If, however, you need to know something more technical than that--such as the absolute elevation above sea level of any particular point in your property, which is necessary for flood plain determination or to get an elevation certificate--your best bet is to call in the professionals. In these circumstances the cost of their services will be more than accounted for by the potential losses you could incur if you make a mistake, and many aspects of land surveying are highly technical work requiring trained expertise.Share
28 July 2016
Hello and welcome to my construction blog. My name is David and I would like to tell you about the process of designing and building a new home from the ground up. I had always dreamed of building my own home and last year, that dream became a reality. I had been saving money for many years so I could afford to buy the materials and employ the contractors needed to construct my home. I learnt so much during the process, I decided to start this blog. It was a wonderful day when the final piece of my home was put into place and I am now very happy.