The Purpose and Benefits of a Topographic Survey

The Purpose and Benefits of a Topographic Survey

At Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc. we’ve offered a variety of surveying services to clients throughout Houston since 1977, including topographic surveys. But just what are topographic surveys, and what are the advantages of having one done? We’re here to go over the basics so you can get a better sense of just what this service entails.

In general, topographic surveys are used to identify both the manmade and natural features of a specific area of land. Whereas many types of surveys result in maps that are created using stakes and specific landmarks, a topographic survey is performed by using both GPS and EDM technology. A topographic map shows a series of contour lines, identifying various changes in the land that have taken place over a period of time.

But just what are some of the reasons why you may need a topographic survey performed? Well, there are actually several, and they can be useful for homeowners, builders, and business owners interested in expanding or renovating their property.  In fact, a topographic 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.

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 building an entirely new one. At Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc., we have the experience and tools needed to perform high-quality topographic surveys. If you would like to learn more about our topographic services, give us a call today for more details!

Private Property Survey

Private Property Survey

Private property surveys are often ordered after a legal issue arises or in the appraisal process of buying or selling a house. But surveying your property before the need arises can have some major benefits, along with some surprising outcomes. Here are the top reasons to get your property surveyed before the county or aContinue Reading

What Is Aerial Photography?

What Is Aerial Photography?

One of the services we offer at Sikes Surveying is aerial mapping. This service allows our customers a wealth of benefits from safety to combating insurance fraud. Here are a few of the benefits customers who choose this service are guaranteed to receive. First and foremost is the safety of property owners and people workingContinue Reading

Women in Land Surveying

Women in Land Surveying

Just last week the first book discussing women as land surveyors appeared on the shelves. It was written by a land surveyor who had been in the business for over 40 years now and she was adamant to tell her stories and the stories of other women in land surveying. It may not seem likeContinue Reading

The Importance of Civil Engineering Services in a Growing City

The Importance of Civil Engineering Services in a Growing City

Houston is a major American city that just won’t stop slowing down. Explosive growth in population and real estate has been experienced over the last decade and that has led to exciting times for business in this area. Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. has seen a great spike in the amount of activities that require theContinue Reading

Unmanned Drones in Aerial Mapping

Unmanned Drones in Aerial Mapping

Topcon positioning recently announced the development of two commercial drones, The Sirius Pro, and Sirius Basic, which will be ready for use in aerial mapping for a wide variety of sites, including construction zones, mines, and land surveying. Previously the use of mapping for Unmanned Aerial drones was restricted due to only propeller-based wings forContinue Reading

Diligence in Land Surveys

Diligence in Land Surveys

When you pay a professional to provide a service, you expect to receive some diligent work on behalf of that professional as a return on that investment. Here at Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc., we want our customers to know that we’re devoted to performing the best job possible every time we’re contracted for fieldwork. ThisContinue Reading

Completed Civil Engineering Projects

Completed Civil Engineering Projects

You can hardly imagine the kind of work and energy that goes into planning a civil engineering project. The professional staff here at Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. has a great deal of experience working in large and small-scale community projects. We know what it takes to make sure that practical and innovative concepts get offContinue Reading

Civil Engineering for the Good of the People

Civil Engineering for the Good of the People

Civil Engineer, Staff Sgt. Cody Foreman, for the 509th in the Armed Forces, was presented with an award recently for his achievements and assistance to others. The award was provided by the USO, an organization that has put many people in the Armed Forces first, and it was given because of the work Foreman hasContinue Reading

Surveying for the Unknown

Surveying for the Unknown

The mainstream news has been filled with stories of hydrographic surveys recently. Readers may not realize that a major foreign news story that has developed over the past few months has completely hinged on bathymetric surveys similar to those completed by Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. Half a world away, news outlets have been focused onContinue Reading