What is Environmental Land Survey and How Does It Work?

Certain construction projects will require specialized surveying methods conducted by professionals who are certified for their skills and training in conducting a certain type of land survey technique. Environmental land surveys are among the specialty land surveying services that seek to understand and identify the potential impact of specific environmental factors on construction developments and real estate. Likewise, they aim to determine and understand the potential effects of real estate and construction developments on the environment. Not all land surveyors will be able to conduct proper environmental land surveys. Hence, you need to find seasoned land surveying companies that are licensed and have a good track record of conducting reliable environmental land surveys in your area.

Environmental land surveys are conducted for various reasons, including flood risk assessment, environmental screening, and assessment of contaminated land, asbestos surveys, and fire risk. Flood risk assessment is conducted to determine the likelihood of a proposed or existing building to flood and the severity of the incidence, in case it occurs. Contaminated land surveys are conducted to determine the threat level on proposed or existing structures. Land may be contaminated if it is close to an industrial or waste dump or it was previously used for that purpose. In this case, environmental land surveys are conducted in due diligence before anything can be built or modified on the property.

Surveys for the environmental industry may include as-built surveys, construction staking, earth quantity calculations, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, geotracker reporting, and monitoring wells. Environmental screening is one of the crucial purposes of environmental land surveys. In this case, the survey can provide an insight on environmental risks that may occur to a proposed or existing real estate development. Through screening, you should be able to determine damage caused by undermining and if the property is susceptible to contamination or ground gas.

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