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What is a Surveyor?

A surveyor is a trained, licensed professional who provides precise and accurate descriptions and maps of the surface features of the earth. Surveyors determine the exact location (surveying) and measurement of points, lines and contours of the Earth’s surface and prepare maps or reports showing specifications. They use instruments and the principles of geometry to find these exact measurements. 

To locate features precisely and accurately on the earth’s surface, surveyors use legal research, study physical evidence, check the accuracy of the information gathered using mathematical computations, map the project using computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) systems, prepare maps, prepare reports, compose legal descriptions of the survey, and coordinate results with the work of engineers, architects, real estate professionals, attorneys, and clients. 

Surveyors provide a vital service to the private community and real estate industries, providing a basis for confidence in property lines, utilities, topography, and other features. Using this information, surveyors support the work of engineers, architects, and other professionals.

Why do I need a survey?

  • Buying or selling property
  • Cutting timber
  • Locating existing improvements (buildings, driveways, garages, sheds)
  • Determining the true size of a parcel
  • Building a fence or other structure ar property line
  • Installing or relocating utilities
  • Obtaining new financing for your property
  • Involved in a boundary dispute
  • Determining encroachment on your property by a neighbor
  • Developing a property
  • Building new infrastructure
  • Building a commercial or residential structure or addition to an existing structure
  • Locating and mapping easements, rights-of-way, or zoning restrictions (set-backs, road frontage, etc.)
  • Mapping cemeteries
  • Locating flood plains
  • Providing an elevation certificate
  • Peace of mind
Shawnee Professional Services - Survey
ALTA Survey

ALTA Surveys

ALTA Surveys are performed to specifications as set forth by the American Land Title Association. They are required by many businesses, financial institutions and title companies to ensure that the survey service is performed to a recognized national standard. Shawnee has performed literally hundreds of these types of surveys, tailoring each survey to meet the individualized needs of our clients.

Optional items available in an ALTA survey:

  • Names of adjoining property owners
  • Easements that may encumber/benefit the property
  • Zoning and setback requirements
  • Flood Zones that may affect the subject property
  • Location of any water boundaries
  • Evidence of cemeteries
  • Possible encroachments across boundary lines or easements
  • Access to public street or right-of-way
  • Adverse possession claims effecting the property

TYPES OF Surveys

  • ALTA/ACSM Surveys
  • Land Boundary Surveys
  • GIS & Designs
  • Cellular Communication Site Surveys
  • Control Surveys for Aerial Photography
  • Utility Corridor Surveying/Mapping
  • Geodetic Control Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Environmental Surveys
  • Hydrographic
Illinois surveyor - Shawnee Professional Services

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