Famous Land Surveyors in American History

POSTED ON May 21, 2018

Land surveying has long been a rich part of our history and an important piece in the development of the United States. Here is a list including America’s most famous land surveyors. George Washington America’s first president, George Washington, was one of the earliest land surveyors in the nation. He began his surveying career in 1749 at the age of 17. Soon after, he was appointed county surveyor of Virginia. Throughout Washington’s surveying career he surveyed over 200 plots of land and played a role contributing to the westward expansion. Benjamin Banneker Benjamin Banneker was an almanac author, surveyor, and...

Land Surveying Through The Centuries

POSTED ON April 30, 2018

Because land surveying establishes boundaries and mapping, it is an essential part of land development and land ownership. Land mapping and measuring can date back to the ancient Egyptians and has paved the way for today’s surveying techniques and methods. Earliest Land Surveyors Earliest practices of land surveying can date back to the old civilization of the ancient Egyptians around 1400 B.C. They accomplished the construction of the great pyramids and waterways using primitive surveying tools, such as measuring ropes, plumb bobs, and other gadgets that assisted them in evaluating a parcel of land. Later, the Greeks and Romans created...

Common Easements Affecting a Property

POSTED ON March 15, 2018

In many cases, there are restrictions on the usage of a property. Often parts of the property aren’t owned at all and this can come as a surprise to a buyer or builder.  Sometimes, years after purchasing a property, the owner decides to build a building or make other improvements only to then discover that it can’t be built due to legal restrictions on a property. Although not always top of mind, surveyors really should be one of the first firms you call to determine how much land there is and if there are any easements, setbacks or restrictions.  How can...

Earliest Surveying Tools in History

POSTED ON February 23, 2018

Land surveying is believed to be one of the oldest professions in history. The earliest forms of surveying are believed to date back to ancient civilizations of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who created monumental structures like the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge. Over the years many surveying tools and equipment have been replaced with new modern tools that are more time saving and accurate.   Here are 5 of the earliest surveying tools:   1.    Gunter's Chain  A measuring tool developed in the 1620’s. This chain consisted of 100 links and can reach up to about 66 feet. In practice,...

3 Fun Fall Trips in Texas Hill Country

POSTED ON November 3, 2017

At Windrose, one of the best parts of our job is getting to see the beautiful landscapes across the Lone Star State and share our love for this natural beauty with others. One of our favorite parts of Texas is Hill Country. It is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but fall provides some particular delights. Though there are many places to enjoy, here are three places that are extra nice this time of year. Experience Cultural Delight in Fredericksburg Experience small-town charm in a picturesque setting when you visit Fredericksburg. German pioneers settled in the area over 160 years...

6 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

POSTED ON October 6, 2017

As land surveyors, nothing captivates us more than the beauty of our world. From rocky mountains and towering trees to swaths of fields and glittering seas, the Earth’s terrain is vast and varied in its features. Each corner of the world has something unique to offer, so we’re exploring some of the most beautiful land in our world. Bask in the Beauty of Bora Bora Some of the most striking land features are underwater, and this is certainly the case with the French Polynesian island Bora Bora, tucked in the stunning turquoise waters of the South Pacific. The terrain is...

Land Surveying Equipment

POSTED ON September 5, 2017

Any land surveyor will tell you that the most important component of our work are the dedicated people who bring professionalism and excellence to the field. Yet as much as our surveyors contribute to our success, we know that we could not do it without the help of surveying tools. We’ll outline some standouts, including some that have remained important throughout the years and a couple new advances that allow us to do more than we ever expected. Basics: Theodolites and Total Stations One of the oldest surveying tools on record is the theodolite, which over the years has been...

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...

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