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Surveying

Land surveying is a scientific method used to determine a property’s boundaries and the dimensions between them. Land surveyors use mathematics, law, engineering and physics, to establish land boundaries.

Our Surveying Team collects and interprets data which informs the way land development projects are planned. We use sophisticated computer systems and industry technologies to deliver fast and accurate outcomes.

Land Surveying Services include:

  • Topographical surveys
  • Drone imagery and orthomoasic surveys
  • Building location certificate (BLC)
  • Building setout
  • Zip level and verticality surveys
  • As built surveys
  • Urban and rural subdivision
  • Easements surveys
  • Strata title subdivision
  • Deformation surveys
  • Rentable area surveys (BOMA)
  • Civil construction setout
  • Unit title subdivision
  • 3D Laser Scanning

Surveying FAQs

Why do you need a Land Surveyor?

Surveying is a crucial part of the building process, we are the link between design and construction, we are experts in land surveying, subdivisions, building projects and developments.

What do we need from you to carry out the Survey?

We require the street address and/or legal description of the land, property owner and a scope of work describing what you would like to achieve.

What is a Topographical Survey?

A topographical survey is a survey locating natural and man-made features, such as buildings, improvements, fences, elevations, trees, streams, road scene (detailing the components within a specific street’s design), essential services, land contours and more.

What is a Building Location Certificate (BLC)?

A Building Location Certificate (BLC), is a survey document prepared by a Land Surveyor which shows the exact location and level of the relevant buildings and other structures on a particular property, relative to the property boundaries.

What is a Building Set-Out Survey?

A Building Set-Out survey involves transferring a building design onto the land itself. During the Set-Out process, key points are found and markers are used to guide and ensure accuracy in the building process. The Set-Out is used by builders during construction.

I’m thinking about subdividing, what do I need to do to get this process underway?

The first step is to talk to our Survey or Resource Management team. In most cases, we can undertake a simple desktop review of your site and compare it to the relevant council and district plans to see if a subdivision of your property is possible. Councils have many rules relating to subdivisions and it can quite daunting but we can help you navigate through this. Once we have confirmed that your property can be subdivided, we will then explain to you what else is needed to progress further.

I’m missing my boundary peg, what do I need to get this sorted?

Over time many boundary pegs get destroyed and sometimes they rot away. It is also possible that the boundaries may not have been pegged previously. In order to locate a boundary point, a surveyor (under the direction of a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor) has the necessary skill and expertise to place or locate the boundary peg.  If you require assistance to locate a boundary peg, please contact one of our Survey Team to discuss your requirements.

I am wanting to put a fence up but can’t find the boundary pegs, what should I do?

Over time many boundary pegs get destroyed or inadvertently buried  and sometimes they simply rot away, as is the case in many older subdivisions. It is also possible that the boundaries may not have been pegged in the first place.

In order to locate a boundary point, a surveyor, under the direction of a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, has the necessary skill and expertise to place or locate the boundary peg.  If you need help locating a boundary peg, please contact one of our survey team.

Christchurch

Russell Benge

Director, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
021 803 308 russell@do.nz
Nelson

Tony Lindbom

Director, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
021 352 196 tonyl@do.nz
Timaru

Glen McLachlan

Director at Davis Ogilvie (Aoraki) Ltd, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
029 775 6030 glen@do.nz
Greymouth

Mike Robbins

Survey Manager and Senior Surveyor Technician
03 768 6299 mike.robbins@do.nz
Christchurch

Tim Liley

Survey Team Leader
029 772 0364 tim@do.nz
Nelson

Jamie Thirkettle

Registered Professional Surveyor
021 352 284 jamie@do.nz