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Topographic Surveys London & Home Counties

XP Surveys are a team of experienced land surveyors working across Greater London and the Home Counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and Sussex.

We are known in the property development and architecture profession for our detail, accuracy, and rapid turn-around of topographical and other site surveys. If you’re looking for a quote for topo surveys today, hit the Contact Us button below or use our Instant Quote Tool to the right.

 

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What Are The Benefits Of A Topographical Survey?

A topographical survey is useful for architects, engineers and developers as they can assess the potential of the land and plan property developments that take into consideration any technical or planning limitations, and mitigate any potential risks.

On a construction site, a topological survey shows detail such as where earthworks need to be removed or added, where flood prevention measures are required, where existing underground utilities are located and where trees need to be retained and protected.

A topographical survey can also help home and landowners accurately calculate the value of the property or land by accurately providing the size/area.

What Equipment Do XP Surveys Use For Topographic Surveying?

We use the latest technology to accurately capture land data and features – this includes the Trimble X7 3D Laser Scanner and the Leica TS16.

Knowing the vital accuracy and detail needed by architects, our experienced surveyors use the best equipment available. Read more in our insight to the Topo survey equipment we use.

What Output File Formats Can Be Supplied?

Just let us know what program you or your architect works in and we will supply you with your survey drawings in the desired format including 2D AutoCAD, Revit and ArchiCAD.

The Topographical Survey Process

To carry out a topographical survey, the site is visited by a land surveyor who sets up specialised measuring equipment. Accurate to within 2mm, this technology records the heights and distances between land features, giving the surveying team the coordinates and data required to create a complex map of the land. At XP Surveys, this is created using specialist CAD technology that can output the map in AutoCAD (.dwg), Revit (.rvt) or portable document format (.pdf).

What Does A Topo Survey Cost?

As you can imagine, every piece of land is unique, so each topographical survey is a bespoke project. The size of the land and the number and type of natural and artificial features it contains will influence the cost as this increases the time it takes to measure, record and map.

Topo Surveyors generally work on an hourly rate for their on-site work plus a fee for producing the drawings.  At XP Surveys our Topographical Survey costs are based on the size of the area surveyed together with a ‘difficulty factor’ based on the number of features within the land.

For example, an open field will be quicker and therefore cheaper to survey than a forest of trees with a number of outbuildings.

There are ways in which you can minimise the cost of a topographical survey. For a start, knowing exactly the level of detail and what features you want or need to record will avoid paying unnecessarily. You can also use tools such as Google Earth to create a satellite image of the land, using this to indicate the extent of the land and the features required.

XP Surveys specialise in Topo surveys in London and the Home Counties. Use our Instant Quote feature to get a fast quote tailored to your topographic survey location and needs.  Our instant quoting tool allows you to specify the level of detail you need.

Measured Survey vs Topo Survey

measured survey differs from a topographical survey in that it’s a survey of the structure, services, and external and internal features of a building, or collection of buildings.

A measured survey is used for various purposes: to evaluate the property for sale or leasing, to plan internal spaces, and to provide a starting point for refurbishment or redevelopment for architects and property professionals.

Putting it in simple terms, a topographical survey relates to land (bottom image) while a measured survey relates to buildings (below).

Measured Building Example:

Topographical Land Example:

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