• Boundary Surveys
  • Legal Descriptions
  • Construction Staking
  • Condominiums
  • Subdivisions
  • Topographic Mapping
  • Retracement Surveys
  • Utility Surveys
  • GIS Mapping
  • Site Planning

TYPES OF SURVEYS  (Taken from the NSPS web site.)

Boundary Surveys?

Boundary survey is for the express purpose of locating, describing, monumenting and mapping exact boundaries and corners of a given parcel of land. This involves record and field research, field measurements and computations with the findings shown on a survey plat that is given to landowners. A description may also be required for purposes of recording a new deed.


is a very detailed one usually of commercial property and often required by lending institutions. The request for this survey must be in writing and accompanied by all deeds, plats and easements affecting the subject property, as well as all adjoining properties. A list of items to be located as noted in the ALTA/ACSM publication can also be included.

Foundation survey

is required by some lending agencies, title companies or escrow agents before disbursement of construction loans. This type of survey locates existing foundation on the property to guarantee to lenders that the foundation is actually on the property and not encroaching on easements or building lines.

Lot survey

is a survey of a lot in a recorded subdivision. Corners should be marked in accordance with existing state standards, and the owner receives a drawing depicting what corners were set and what corners were found.

Subdivision survey 

is for division of any lot or tract of land into smaller lots, with monumentation and a subdivision plat conforming to governing ordinances including boundary descriptions for new deeds as required.

Topographic survey

locates natural and manmade features such as elevations, contours of land, streams, buildings and fences. A combination of boundary and topographic surveying is used for design and construction of roads, subdivisions, pipeline and buildings.

Surveyors as expert witnesses

Federal, state and local laws play a large part in surveyors’ careers. A licensed surveyor can clarify and add credibility to a court case. Being an expert witness or forensic surveyor requires extensive knowledge about surveying and many years of experience.



In the State of Michigan the Surveyor are not required to record the Survey.  Even though the statutes requires it to be recorded, it is left up to others to record and when it should be recorded.