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Civil Engineers Know: Surveyor’s Mistakes are Almost Always Costly

When a surveyor messes up, the client will most likely curse him/her.


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Civil Engineers, here how to avoid that costly mistakes.

Every civil engineer is familiar with how crucial surveying work is when staking out a piece of land. It is the surveyor’s job to make sure to lay out location points and boundary lines of a property, and to identify marks based from a reference point.

One cannot remove the margin of error in surveying work but technical knowledge to learn how to survey is enough to do the job just right. When armed with the correct trigonometry and arithmetic, there is no reason for homeowners, business owners, city planners, architects, engineers, and contractors to get angry with faulty work from surveyors. But there will be times that the human element is just uncontrollable.


Civil Engineers, here how to avoid that costly mistakes (Source: Land Surveyors)

A surveyor can mess his or her work up when he or she does a miscalculation: it could be unlevelled equipment (the bubble of the theodolite or total station is not on center) that was overlooked, or the readings were wrong. It might also be an encoding data error, or a faulty communication between the client. Such little mistakes yield to incorrect mapping, and would further take consequences to parties involved.

Imagine having a surveyor to confidently identify the property lines of a specific lot with a surrounding vacant lot, but the measurement turned up later to have crossed the land property of nearby land. Such mistake is costly, especially when the lot that is supposed to be that of the client’s neighbor is already built with a significant structure. The landowner is forced to face the repercussions which can cost to thousands of dollars.

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Civil Engineers, here how to avoid that costly mistakes (Source: Land Surveyors)

Partly, it is also the job of the civil engineer to countercheck. Civil engineers also study surveying subjects so when there’s an opportunity for a civil engineer to assist in the survey, it will help eliminate the error of the surveyor for having a checker.

Nonetheless, surveying work is a job that is as detailed as it can be. A surveyor, licensed or not, can almost never be negligent at the field.

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