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What Is A Topographic Survey:

A topographic survey, also known as a land survey or a ground survey, shows the shape of the land. It uses contour lines, a line that represents a specific elevation measured from Mean Sea Level, to display the three dimensional features of the property onto a two dimensional surface. A topographic survey includes both natural and man-made features. It's common to show hills, streams, lakes, and vegetation along with major buildings, fences, roads, transmission lines, and property boundaries on a topographic survey. The difference between a topographic survey and it's cousin, the topographic map, is that a survey shows more detail for a smaller area than a map. A topographic survey is used for a variety of uses including planning and zoning, site layout, engineering and architectural design, and construction.

Example of a topographic survey.

More Information:

Gamba & Associates, Inc.
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Tel: 970/945-2550 Fax: 970/945-1410 www.gambaengineering.com
113 Ninth Street, Suite 214 P.O. Box 1458 Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81602
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Last Modification: April 20 2005