Where can I find a list of the markings used by engineering surveyors?
My city has finally decided to repave our street after more then 50 years. The surveyors and engineers have marked it all up with various notations. I can read most of the underground utility marks but some others are in odd places and I'm not sure what they mean. I'd like to find a listing of the standard markings used by engineering surveyors .
Question answered by ca_surveyor
The answer is that there are not always standard markings.
Some are universal.. and generally these are easily understood.
Some are unique to a crew or company.. point numbers set for individual measurements (a dot of paint with a number next to it is tyical).
Some are not even surveyor's marks. A nationwide service called USA (underground service alert) comes out before any major excavation and performs or coordinates the marking of all underground utilities and services..surveyors have nothing to do with that.
Others are directions by the City to the contractor regarding elements of the project (grinding limits, curb cuts, etc..) and the contractor himself may come out and identify and mark various elements that he wants to pay special attention to.
If you have a specific mark you are wondering about, drop me a line and I will try to tell you what it is.
(contrats. on getting your street paved. Some Cities have a 100 year cycle..not 50! )
What does one study to become a surveyor?
I recently decided I might be interested in becoming a surveyor, but what studies does that entail? Are there, by any chance, any surveyors reading this?
Question answered by jannsody
They apparently need at least a bachelor's (four-year) degree in order to possibly get a job.
This government site has more info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/surveyors.htm and can click on the "heading" in each section for further info.
Some states require that one get schooling from a school accredited by the ABET: http://www.abet.org
With regard to schooling, please *avoid* those private overly priced For-profit schools such as devry, ITT tech, strayer, everest, sanford brown, U of P, capella, westwood, grand canyon, ashworth, sanford brown, penn foster, colorado tech and others as they are merely out to "make a profit", and their course credits usually do NOT transfer to other schools.
U.S. colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ
This site has some reviews by former students of various colleges: http://www.studentsreview.com and can search.
Whats the point of having a building surveyor if civil engineers do the surveying?
Are building Surveyors really that important? are they needed? is there high demand ? also do building surveyors work for construction companies ?
Question answered by Ciro
Building Surveyors mainly fall into two categories :
1. Building Surveyors employed to inspect properties for their condition and usually related to safeguarding Building Society and Bank Loans. They can of course call in Consultant Engineers if there are structural defects etc.
2. Some work for Building contractors or architects for the preparation of bills of quantities and among their tasks is (a) measuring workers output for wages and bonuses and (b) for measuring work completed for preparation of contract payments. (c) They may also do the setting out of buildings etc.
Most Engineers can carry out surveys (but not normally house surveys unless called on for specialised advice) and setting out (and on sites they may have to do the checks on setting out by others) but some consultants prefer to bring in surveyors. These could be those referred to at 2(c). Although some engineers may develop as surveyors this would normally be as Land Surveyors e.g. Ordnance Survey or private firms specialising in this type of work.
What path should i follow to be a surveyor?
Also if there are any surveyors out there what your pay.
Im doing the job because of intrinsic motivation not extrinsic by the way.
Question answered by ca_surveyor
'Surveyor' is a broad term..
The guy on the street corner on the phone asking questions with a clipboard is a surveyor
The guy taking pictures for a photographic survey of (whatever) is a surveyor,
As someone else pointed out, the guy inspecting boats for their integrity and seaworthyness is a surveyor
and, of course, the guy laying out boundaries and mapping the planet is a surveyor.
Each has his motiviation and each earns a living.
As a Land surveyor, I am a licensed professional just like a doctor or lawyer. I charge a fee for my time which varies bewteen $125 and $250 depending upon what I am doing and what the expected goal is.
Motivation: I enjoy it.. Its a little like treasure hunting and appeals to the 'little boy' in me. That's the difference between a job and a career. We literally get chances to 'go where no man (or woman) has gone before' and get paid a lot to do it.
In California (USA) there are only about 3,000 licensed professional surveyors in the state so its a sellers market since sooner or later almost everyone who owns land needs to get a boundary issue dealt with..
What is the temperature that surveyors chains are standardized to?
What is the most common temperature for a surveyors chain to be standardized to? if it makes a difference it is a 100 ft chain.
Question answered by anurag
20 degree centigrade / meter length & tolerance has to be 2 mm for 97.5 feet(30m) the tolerance will be +/- 8 mm.Engineer's chain is 100 ft .The chain is checked for 8 kg pull
How do land surveyors mark the center of the road?
How do land surveyors mark the center of the road and the actual property line?
Question answered by redbeardthegiant
Center of road: paint
Property line: either a flag, or if you pay more, a permanent marker
How can I find the value of a surveyors transit?
I have a surveyor's transit that I am trying to find the value of. Any ideas of how I can get that information? It is a charoz-carsen transit in good condition. It works and has all it's parts. It is in the original wooden box, but that is not in perfect condition. I do not know the year - perhaps 50's or 60's? Any ideas on how to get the value?
Question answered by elibrada
you might want to look at the following site...
hope you find what you are looking for....
by the way, you might have got yourself a wrong spelling:
Charvoz-Carsen Surveyor Transit
What do in need to become a professional land surveyor in Texas?
I am pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio but would also like to become a Professional Land Surveyor. I understand the requirements for the fundamentals of surveying exam followed by a two year internship. However, I have found that prior to taking the second portion of the exam I am required to have 32 semester hours in the areas of Civil Engineering, Surveying, Math, Photogrammetry, Forestry, Land Law, Business Law, Physical Sciences, Computer Science (Including Drafting), Cartography, Technical Writing, Geography, and Ethics according to the Texas Board of Professional Surveyors. Their website does not specify which of these courses I will need but my CE degree contains well over 32 credit hours of the aforementioned courses. So, will my Civil Engineering degree satisfy the requirements for Professional Surveying Exam? If not, what else will I need. I can provide further information if needed on my degree plan or anything else. I have contacted the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors as well as multiple other local sources and found nothing that will help me. I need to know the courses I will need to take this because I am a veteran using the GI Bill and I need to submit a complete list of courses to be approved for payment, anything not in my degree play may be used as an elective if I find out ahead of time. I know this is a lot, thank you for any and all help that you can provide.
Question answered by ca_surveyor
THe state board will provide you with a written list of requirements for admission to the two examinations.
Most states that require a degree or courses require a broad mix of those classes.. as a PE also I know that most engineering degree courses leave you ill equipped to be a professional surveyor. I would suggest that you contact a surveyor that passed his exam(s) just last year. They will generally be happy to help because it is behind them. You can get their contact info from your boards website.
Why wont a professional surveyor guarantee his work when contracted to establish property lines?
I've spoken to a number of the local surveyors about surveying my 10 acre property. They all say they can do the work, but when I ask if their results are Guaranteed, they say they can't do that.
Question answered by Surveyor Extraordinaire :-)
Licensed professional land surveyors are required to do a thorough and complete job on every property boundary survey they perfom. This requirement is mandated by the code of ethics of the profession, and enforced by the Board of Registration for Engineers and Surveyors in every state. If a licensed professional surveyor makes an error in performing a survey, that surveyor can be held liable for any damage resulting from the error. Further, if a complaint is made by anyone, and filed with the state Board of Registration, the surveyor may be reprimanded, fined, or have his or her license revoked. This process is intended to protect the public from poor quality survey work, and licensed professional surveyors are generally careful to perform their work using methods and procedures that obtain good results.
However, it is true that it is not possible for a surveyor to guarantee that any survey is absolutely correct. Due to differences in measurement and research techniques, different surveyors, surveying the same property, may come up with results that differ. When there are conflicts between surveys, which often happens, only a court of law can make a final decision on which survey is best. Surveyors can, and do, make important decisions during the course of their work, but no decision that a surveyor makes regarding property locations can be binding upon the property owners.
This does not mean that you should not have your property surveyed. You need to shop for the best available surveyor in your area, not by considering prices or guarantees, but by learning from others in your community which surveyor has the best professional reputation. If you cannot tell which surveyors are most highly regarded by your friends and neighbors, you may contact the state Board of Registration and ask them to recommend someone.
What is the legal course to take if a neighbor has moved surveyors markers?
I had my land surveyed some time after my neighbor built a shed, i just had it resurveyed and found that they may have moved the markers and built shed/patio/driveway on my land.I had it restaked and they were moving the stakes as the surveyors were putting them in.What should I do. Already filed police report.
Question answered by Pascha
First of all take your new survey and measure from the other 3 corners to verify if and how much the neighbors have moved the survey markers.
Besides building on your land, your neighbors have also infringed on zoning setbacks, which require even accessory building to be back a certain number of feet from the property line. If they built those things without a permit and a zoning exception, your local authorities can force them to take them down. If there was a zoning hearing, you are required by law to be informed so that you can go, so it is not likely they have either a permit or a variance. Go to your city and town office and ask to see the their permit and variance for the work they have done.