Boundary Surveys

What Does a Boundary Survey Involve?

The main objective of a boundary survey is to determine the location of land ownership lines. The initial phase includes land records research and expertise. Research is conducted using local, county and state agencies and offices for the sole purpose of locating deeds, plans, maps, wills and other documents. This ultimately helps define the location and rights associated with the land being surveyed. The vast majority of research is conducted at the Registry of Deeds, where the current parcel and abutting parcel deeds are traced through their history to construct a “chain of title”. This will enable the surveyors at Renner & Associates to understand the original description of the landl, as well as determine “junior-senior rights” (if any exist) associated with adjoining parcels. Once  the land records research is complete, the surveyor can, in turn, construct a picture of what the parcel of land should look like according to the language found in deed descriptions and other documents obtained during the research. This is referred to as the “record boundaries” of the parcel.

Land Surveying Field Reconnaissance

The next phase of the boundary survey involves a thorough field reconnaissance for the purpose of uncovering any boundary landmarks, like pipes or rods, monuments, walls, fences, structures, etc. This is an actual survey investigation of the parcel, and requires a advanced knowledge of the types of evidence, land use patterns and local history and above all expertise in surveying. Reconnaissance is conducted in light of the “record boundaries”, and professional surveyors, like Renner & Associates will hunt tirelessly until the corner is found.

Land Surveying Field Survey

A field survey is then conducted to find the details obtained during the reconnaissance survey. Many methods are used, including conventional total station traverses (a network of sight lines strategically placed throughout the parcel) and Global Positioning Surveys (GPS). Renner & Associates Surveying LLC utilizes a full array of conventional and GPS instrumentation, and continually monitors equipment for accuracy and reliability. The methods and type of equipment used depends on factors such as land area, tree cover and required positional tolerances.

Land Surveying Boundary Survey

Boundary surveys are more than a set of accurate land measurements.  In fact, boundary surveys are a thorough retracing of the title, and analysis of the physical evidence of boundaries, completed to state board specifications, established legal principles and local care standards. It is a land investigation, which defines the location, dimensions and area of a parcel of land, along with all rights the parcel enjoys or to which it is subject.

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