High-Definition Land Surveys Fueling Decisions in the Construction Sector

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It’s never good to be in the dark about the property you’re planning to buy and develop. Whether it’s a previously owned parcel on a plane or remote terrain with potential dangers, a detailed land survey is fundamental to achieving project success.

A survey not only helps you make an informed, confident decision, it also helps in mitigating risk, minimizing delays and land disputes, and ensuring the project finishes on time, within budget, and according to plan.

Today’s firms, including Diamond Land Surveying, have an arsenal of ground and aerial technologies to get the visibility they need to complete accurate terrain maps. This includes a mix of radar, laser, and camera scanning technologies to gather information about land and water features within and around the site. Surveyors may also look into potential safety hazards, like if the site is a flood zone or if the seller’s deed reflects the correct measurements of the property.

Geospatial Data Driving Decision-making in Construction

From mapping disease outbreak locations to planning a master-planned community, spatial thinking has endless real-world applications. In construction, it’s used to study the potential of a parcel of land, ensure accurate boundaries, determine value, understand topography, and divide properties. All these, and other complex location-based knowledge, will aid in the decision of whether the land is worth buying or building on.

Geodetic engineers gather, manage, analyze, and visualize data and pinpoint how it relates to other things in a geographic context. For instance, engineers will add other layers of related data to the digital map, like average income, nearby parks and land-use areas, traffic circulation, schools, public utility grids, and other demographic details to analyze the potential livability of a neighborhood. They may even dive deep into historical data by adding GIS layers of earthquake faults, rivers, and history of storms and flooding.

Using diverse data capture, managers can make different projections about the project. More than that, by knowing the different relationships between natural features and human activity, project managers can better oversee and mitigate business and construction risk.

Improving Construction Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness

Computer-based land surveys have dramatically transformed the way project teams collaborate and communicate. Managers also use GIS data to improve real-time schedule monitoring and integrate this data with cost estimates for material requirements. Managers in the headquarters and construction site get real-time information about the schedules of prefabrication, transport, and erection of structural elements.

These land survey technologies are also useful in identifying the most efficient transport routes to the site and inform suppliers and vendors using an Internet-based GIS model. This way, managers can control the arrival of supplies, as well as manage obstacles and costs associated with logistics.

In today’s construction sector, spatial thinking powers millions of decisions; you can’t “stay in the dark” about a piece of property — not when you have access to innovative systems.  Technologies, like GIS and LiDAR, not only put construction data in a geographic context, but also transform the life cycle of construction. They are helping project heads better visualize and holistically manage all phases of development planning.