Surveying has ancient origins. Whether it be Egyptian (laying out of the pyramids), early colonial or modern-day, the division of land and marking of boundary corners has been an essential part of society. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln were all land surveyors. The rectangular system, used in Colorado and other western states, is based on the Public Land Survey System proposed by President Thomas Jefferson. In this system, the land is divided into 6 mile square grids called townships, and further divided into 1 mile square grids called sections. Slight corrections must be made as you head north-south and east-west because of the spherical nature of the earth.

Since the time of Thomas Jefferson, technology has made it possible to get highly accurate data for any point on the earth. Modern land surveyors do "detective work", using their best judgement based on experience, education and the laws of the land to reconcile the past with the present and in establishing new property lines. They follow in the steps of the original surveyor to retrace, re-survey and restore the original corners, an important factor in the investigation of resolving boundaries.

  • Boundary Surveys
    • ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
    • Annexation Map
    • Land Survey Plat (LSP)
    • Improvement Survey Plat (ISP)
    • Subdivision Plat - Vacation Plat
    • Condominium Maps
  • Engineering Surveys
    • Topographic Exhibit
    • Plan and Profile
    • Site Plan
    • Volume
    • Control
    • Aerial Mapping
    • Right-of-way Acquisition Map
  • Construction Surveys
    • Plot Plan
    • Building & Improvement Layout
    • As-Built Verification
  • Environmental Surveys
    Brochure (PDF)
    • Remedial Surveying
    • Monitor Well Locations
    • Wetlands Delineation
  • Improvement Location Certificate (ILC)
    • An ILC is not a survey, but a certificate
    • Used in order for mortgage and/or title companies to have some assurance that the improvements to a property are not encroaching into an easement or beyond the deed lines
    • In most cases an ILC will be sufficient to show the relationship of the improvements to the deed lines
    • The preparation of an improvement survey plat or land survey plat, to determine property line location, may be necessary
    • Prepared to meet Colorado Revised Statute Section 38-51-105
    • We have a library of over 45,000 Improvement Location Certificates
    • This allows us to complete an ILC more rapidly and less expensively than our competition

More About Surveying

A Brief History of Surveying in Colorado
Basic Theories of Surveying
Accuracy & Precision
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Understanding Bearings

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