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What Is a Topographic Land Survey?


A topographic land survey is a type of land survey that provides an accurate depiction of the surface features, elevation changes of a property. As well as location and condition of existing utilities. This type of survey is essential for property development, as it helps identify potential issues, such as drainage problems.

A topographic survey identifies natural and man-made features on your property, such as hills, streams, and buildings. This type of survey is crucial for compliance with zoning regulations. At South Texas Surveying, we offer accurate and reliable topographic surveys to help you achieve your property goals. Contact us today to learn more about our topographic survey services and how we can help you optimize your property for success.

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Getting a Topographic Survey


When it comes to property development, a topographic survey is essential to ensure that the land's features are appropriate for the intended use. At South Texas Surveying, we understand that many different circumstances may require our clients to get a topographic survey. Whether you're planning to build a new home or develop a commercial property, our team of experienced land surveyors can provide you with accurate and reliable topographic survey services. Contact us today at (281) 699-8756 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve your property development goals.

Upgrade Your Topographic Survey with Our Blue Top Service

Are you in need of a topographic survey for construction? Why not enhance your experience with our Blue Top Service, designed to make life easier for you and, your builders and landscapers.

Our Blue Tops are distinct markers set on site at crucial points and set at the exact elevations established by your engineer or architect to show the design grade. These markers are placed strategically throughout your project area, they provide clear, unambiguous reference points that aid builders and contractors in executing the design grade. With our Blue Top Service, we eliminate guesswork. The standout blue or pink color of our tops are easily readable, helping to reduce errors and promoting efficiency in construction.

Think of our Blue Top Service as the ultimate upgrade to your topographic survey work. Not only do we conduct a precise survey, but using our Blue Top service sets the stage for a smoother construction process. It's about saving time, reducing errors, and making it as straightforward as possible for your builders to carry out their work. Take your project to the next level with our Blue Top Service, because when it comes to land surveys and construction, every detail matters.

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How is a topographic survey different from other land surveys? -

Regular surveys generally depict permeant features in relation to the boundary on your survey. While a topographic survey provides the same boundary information while also providing finish floor elevations along with spot elevation at grade breaks and other natural features. 

Why Do You Need a Topography Survey? +

Architects and engineers rely on topographic surveys to design buildings and other improvements, topographic surveys are also used to plan drainage ditches, grading, and other features. In addition, government agencies may require topographic surveys to comply with regulations, such as construction codes or environmental restoration projects.

What are the typical costs associated with topographic surveys, and how do they vary by project size and complexity? +

The cost of topographic surveys is site specific. Depending on factors such as project size, location, complexity, and the level of detail required. Generally, survey fees can range from a few hundred dollars for small, simple sites to several thousand for larger or more complex projects. 

How long does it take to complete a topographic survey, and what factors affect the timeline? +

The duration of a topographic survey depends on the project size, complexity, and surveyor availability. Smaller projects may take just a few days, while larger or more complex surveys could require weeks or even months. Factors such as weather conditions, land accessibility, and permitting requirements can also impact the timeline.

What types of projects typically require topographic surveys? +

Topographic surveys are commonly used in a wide range of projects, including residential and commercial developments, infrastructure projects, environmental assessments, and land-use planning. Engineers, architects, landscape designers, and other professionals often rely on topographic surveys to guide their work and ensure compliance with local regulations and zoning requirements.

Can I use an old topographic survey for my new project, or do I need a new survey? +

While older topographic surveys may still have some value, it is generally recommended to obtain a new survey for your project. Site conditions, land features, and regulations may have changed since the previous survey, potentially impacting the accuracy and relevancy of the older data. A current topographic survey will provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, helping to ensure the success of your project.



With over 40 years of experience surveying Texas properties


At South Texas Surveying, we specialize in providing reliable and fast commercial land surveying services. As a bonded and insured company, we specialize in ALTA/NSPS land title surveys, Category 1A Condition II surveys, residential surveys, topographic surveys, construction surveys, platting services, and elevation certificates. Our expertise spans diverse property types, such as acreage tracts, apartment complexes, shopping centers, hospitals, office buildings, industrial sites, cell towers, and more.

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Reliable & Fast Service


We prioritize our clients' needs, providing accurate and efficient surveying solutions for commercial land development projects. With over 40 years of experience, we are committed to delivering reliable and excellent services to our clients. Contact us today to learn more.

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Testimonials

Amanda Johnson

Civil Engineer

The topographic survey provided by South Texas Surveying was invaluable for our residential development project. Their accuracy and attention to detail enabled us to optimize our design and construction plans. I highly recommend their services.

James Martinez

Principal Architect

As an architect, having reliable topographic survey data is crucial for my projects. The surveyors we worked with were highly professional, gave us our results on time, and exceeded our expectations. Their expertise contributed significantly to the success of our commercial complex.

David Thompson

Environmental Consultant

Our environmental assessment project required a detailed topographic survey, and the surveying team at South Texas delivered outstanding results. Their data helped us make informed decisions regarding the site's environmental impact and mitigation strategies.

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