Land Surveying in Highway Construction

POSTED ON August 8, 2017

Highways are essential in getting people where they need to go. They promote tourism and economic growth. As land surveyors, Windrose is proud to play a vital role in the development of roadways. However, we are only one player in a large group of people that get highways constructed. Let’s explore the history of the highway system, the steps to getting one underway, and some projects we’ve worked on in the past. How It All Began In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 to create a 41,000-mile system of highways to promote safe and speedy travel....

Drones: The Future of Surveying

POSTED ON July 12, 2017

The future is here. There won’t be any hovercars or commercial space travel anytime soon, but the use of drones in land surveying is become more and more of an industry technology. What are drones? Drones are small passenger-less aircrafts that are typically remote controlled, also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). They offer many uses like landscape film and photography, surveillance security, and delivering your next Amazon purchases. What does this mean for land surveying? While land surveying technology has increasingly developed over time, using drones may become the first option land surveyors use. While there are some setbacks like...

What Can Our Platting Experts Do For You?

POSTED ON May 31, 2017

A subdivision plat is a plan or a map of a plot of land for the purpose of sale, rent, or building development. It is also used to create streets and easements and other rights-of-way. Platting is an important step of the land development process, yet it is a complex one that not many people understand well. In fact, many real estate developments and government officials don’t fully understand the varied complexities involved with the platting process. That’s why it’s important to have platting experts, such as the team at Windrose, in your corner. What Makes Platting So Important? Platting...

Invisible Lines: How Easements and Setbacks Can Affect Your Development Project

POSTED ON May 12, 2017

Most people who are developing or building on land understand the actual lines on a survey: the fences, the utilities, boundaries, curbs, etc. However, the lines on plat that you can’t see by looking at the property have just as much impact on your project. These ‘invisible lines’ are made up of the easements and setbacks that the governing municipality has in place that affect where and what can be built on the property. It’s commonly known that before you start excavation, always call ‘811’ to have the utility company mark where any underground utilities are located. Just as importantly,...

Should I Buy Property with an Existing Survey?

POSTED ON March 8, 2017

Regardless of whether you are conducting a residential or commercial transaction, in almost all cases it is the responsibility of the seller to provide a survey for the closing of a land transaction. Section 6C(1) of the TREC contract states: “Seller shall furnish to Buyer and Title Company Seller’s existing survey.” If you are buying real estate, this sounds great from a financial standpoint - it means one less closing cost to worry about. Often a survey is overlooked because it is a relatively small ticket item in a closing compared to the costs of financing. However, if you look...

The Purpose of Surveying

POSTED ON January 24, 2017

In the general sense, to survey something is to carefully review that object or person and accurately record the results. Nearly every time you make a purchase, you are asked to complete a survey. During election season, people receive countless emails or phone calls asking them to answer a few short survey questions to help predict outcomes. The people conducting surveys ask questions about preference or opinion, then record their responses to better understand outcomes. Surveying is how we learn about the world around us, both in understanding human behavior and recording the physical characteristics of land. Land surveying in...

Evolution of Surveying Techniques

POSTED ON January 24, 2017

The purpose of surveying has remained somewhat the same over time: establishing boundaries, creating maps for navigation, and developing land. While the purposes of surveying remain constant, the tools used to accomplish them have evolved dramatically with human advancement. Our Texas professional surveying company utilizes a variety of tools to capture the most precise measurements. Examples of surveying techniques exist throughout human history. Ancient tribesman used ropes and pegs to plan out where structures were to be built. For early mapping, usually existing physical monuments such as rivers, mountains, and forests marked borders between tribal territories and kingdoms. As societies...

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