Topographic or Contour Site Surveys
A topographic or contour survey entails capturing the shape and dimensions of the land and key features and is illustrated in the form of a survey plan. Some environmental conditions of a site that are included on a topographical or contour site survey plan are:
> the definition of ground contour
> access details (i.e. driveways)
> neighbouring and existing buildings
> floor levels
> view lines
> indigenous vegetation and trees
> rocks and/or boulders
> municipal services(i.e. drainage, etc)
> pools, etc.
A topographic or contour survey is often one of the first steps taken during any type of construction job, because it provides everyone involved with a clear picture of the surrounding land. Thus, understanding the topography of the land around and beneath any type of structure is essential when it comes to changing an existing property or even designing and building an entirely new one. The topographical or contour survey, is performed by a professional land surveyor, plays a vital role in assisting with the planning of well designed and thought out buildings on a site.
At Kingston & Associates, each topographical or contour survey is tailor-made to meet the clients’ specifications which could range from a low to high degree of detail. We have the experience and equipment needed to deliver quality topographical surveys.
Topographical or contour surveys are very useful for architects, homeowners, builders, town planners, engineers and business owners when it comes to changing an existing property or even designing and building an entirely new building as it improves their understanding and knowledge of the environmental conditions of a site.
Below is an example of a topographical survey completed for the South African National Parks Hoerikwaggo trail tented camp in Kommetjie, Cape Town: