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Traditional Surveying Using High Definition Scanning


Using High Definition Scanning has proven to enhance the traditional surveying process, capturing more comprehensive data in less time. Combining the two has allowed Nederveld to offer its clients a “survey on steroids” approach. With this combination, our drafting technicians are able to review the interactive digital picture to clarify complexities of elevations, ditches, curbs and gutters, true drip lines of trees, shrubs, bushes and other vegetation, landscape features like flower garden edgings, planters, rocks and boulders without leaving their office or looking through stacks of photos. Our services include 3D capabilities as we tie into existing GIS systems, benchmarks and markers for the BIM designs. With the incidental data collected (the other data captured outside of the scope of work) we have the ability to offer a better, more accurate presentation of the project as it relates to existing conditions, adjacent building heights, lines of sight, other schematics and more.

Scope of Project

Documentation can be delivered in a traditional TOPO with 2D Line work or in a 3D Model of the site. Color graphics can overlay the traditional TOPO for a quicker, easier understanding of the visual interpretation as well as providing a better presentation of the project. The few limitations to High Definition Scanning are dependent on the environmental conditions. Sometimes ground cover can affect the accuracy of a scan, which would include tall grass, heavy snow accumulation, fog and dense foliage as well as rain, though darkness is not a factor. In spite of these challenges, we do find ourselves scanning most all year long.

Cost Savings or ROI

The cost of this service is typically in-line with the traditional survey and is based on the deliverable(s), however the efficiencies often outweigh the minimal up-charge. The efficiencies include permanent documentation, comprehensive, interactive data and incidental data capture.