The Expense of Obtaining an Accurate Land Survey Is Actually a Bargain
Costs for complicated construction projects can quickly add up. The pressure to save money can lead some builders to use an old, outdated land survey or to hire a survey team that is too inexperienced for the scope of the project. However, when it comes to land surveying, accuracy is everything and relying on incorrect information can cause major problems that result in costly construction delays.
During my recent conversation with T-O Engineer’s own Ladd Cluff, PLS, a project surveyor with more than 27 years of experience, I learned why it is so important to have an accurate and detailed survey. He also discussed some of the larger and more complicated survey projects T-O Engineers has completed for our customers.
Understand Your Land
It’s common knowledge that a land survey is a drawing that shows the exact location of your property. However, not everyone knows that surveyors can help you understand your land by providing you with detailed information about the dimensions and location of any buildings or site improvements as well as the topography and natural features of your land. This is crucial information to have in the planning phase so construction can proceed without conflicts or surprises due to boundary, legal, or structural issues.
The High Cost of Bad Data
For a land survey to be beneficial, it must be accurate. The quality of the survey reflects the surveyor’s professional experience and qualifications. It’s even more challenging to complete an accurate survey in a timely manner for large construction projects like widening a roadway, building a bridge, or building a new subdivision. In addition to a qualified survey lead, these projects also require an engineering firm with the ability to efficiently coordinate a network of registered surveyors as well as the implementation of a thorough review and quality assurance process. When it comes to these larger, more complicated construction projects, relying on flawed data can result in costly rework, delays, and harm to the builder’s reputation. Instead of thinking of obtaining a survey as an expense to avoid, think of it as cheap insurance that protects your investment by helping to prevent these kinds of problems.
These projects are a few examples that show the T-O Engineers Survey Team has the necessary experience, resources, and expertise to help you successfully complete any project on time and on budget.
I-84 and Meridian Road Interchange
More than 133,000 vehicles travel through the Meridian Road Interchange each day. It was with this in mind that the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) planned for an accelerated schedule when they replaced this aging interchange in Meridian, Idaho. This $60 million project included replacing the existing diamond interchange with a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI), widening a four-mile section of the interstate to four lanes in each direction, and widening Meridian Road to three lanes in each direction along with adding sidewalks and bike lanes.
With our Survey Services Manager, Steve Frisbie, PLS, as the survey lead for this project, the T-O Engineers Survey Team provided their expertise to help ITD successfully complete this project on time and within budget. Our team successfully executed a survey of the entire project location and much of the surrounding area to establish the boundary framework of the public land survey system, develop the existing I-84 and local road right-of-way and alignments, and performed a topographic and existing features survey for use by the hydraulics and roadway design teams. Right-of-way plans, fee acquisition descriptions, easement acquisition descriptions, and condemnation exhibits were also prepared. After construction, final right-of-way monuments were set and a Record of Survey was prepared and filed. In addition, T-O also completed a survey of all utilities to verify existing locations, prepared new utility plans, and coordinated the relocation of all utilities with ITD, Ada County Highway District (ACHD), the cities of Meridian and Nampa, the Meridian Irrigation District, Intermountain Gas, Idaho Power, CenturyLink, and 11 other private utility companies.
Nine Mile Dam
The T-O Engineers Survey Team was originally hired by Avista to survey Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington, as part of a bridge replacement project. The project scope was soon extended to include surveys of the 58-foot-high Nine Mile Falls Dam as part of the company’s efforts to upgrade its hydro-electric facilities.
Avista’s plans included building a new warehouse, construction of new water and sewer lines, and reconstruction of the dam’s powerhouse. As a result, they asked our survey team to perform a complete survey of the 113-year-old dam and surrounding property. This project required a boundary survey to document property lines and rights-of-way, topographic surveys for civil and structural engineering design, construction staking and utility surveys along with as-built surveying and mapping. The T-O team also prepared three dimensional models to determine the excavated concrete quantities within the dam.
Learn More About Our Land Surveying Services
Our team of professional land surveyors have decades of surveying experience and an excellent reputation for their accuracy and timely delivery. They will help you navigate even the most robust and complex project and are committed to delivering a quality land survey that provides you with confidence in knowing your project can be completed smoothly.
Visit our Surveying page to learn more about our land surveying services and for information about some of our other interesting surveying projects.