Posted on: 24 April 2017
Frankly speaking, a lot of Australian property owners don't know when they should hire a land surveyor simply because they have no clue about what this kind of professional does. As a property owner, chances are high that you will need the assistance of a land surveyor at some point, so you are better off knowing what kind of services they can provide.
Here is an overview of what a land surveyor's job description typically involves.
Land subdivision is one of the important jobs that land surveyors can do. Property owners may want to subdivide their land for different purposes, including developing part of the land or selling part of the land. But before the land can be divided into smaller lots, a registered land surveyor will need to be called in to establish if there are any zoning laws, easements, restrictive covenants, or any site-specific restrictions that may affect the subdivision. The surveyor will provide much-needed professional guidance through the entire subdivision process so that you do not encounter serious legal problems with your land titles in the future.
Measuring land and establishing its boundaries
When property owners want to know the location of existing boundary lines, a land surveyor can be called in to review the land title deeds along with other corroborative documentation, so as to accurately re-establish the locations of the boundaries of the land. The surveyors often do this by identifying monuments present at specific locations on the boundary line. If your area is affected by boundary changes or reforms, the surveyor will refer to the most recent data and evidence showing boundary measurements as well as the location of new monuments placed on the property to determine your new boundary lines.
Another responsibility bestowed upon a land surveyor is that of gathering and analysing data so as to map the land and create land descriptions for proposed civil engineering and construction projects. The surveyor may carry out surveys to collect vital data and deploy the use of geographic information system (GIS) software to store, manage, visualise and analyse the data. They can then produce maps using satellite photos or digital images.
The maps created by the surveyor are often considered legally binding. If any legal disputes regarding the mapping crop up, the surveyor may be called upon to appear in a courtroom and present their findings as an expert witness.Share