Our Services

Summit Land Surveying provides a variety of land surveying services through its affiliated companies. We have the qualifications, equipment, software and training required to produce the deliverables you need.

Our modern surveying equipment enables us to provide quality results in an efficient manner. The specialized surveying equipment we use may include (but is not limited to) robotic total stations, multi-frequency GNSS, digital levels and RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, also known as drones or UAV).

We serve both the private and public sectors across multiple industries.

Residential Surveys

Residential surveys are typically performed for the owner of a property, or someone looking to purchase a property. Often the reason for this type of survey is to make improvements, additions, or renovations to the property. Some of the services we can provide:

  • Prepare a site plan for building permit applications
  • Mark property boundaries for fence installations
  • Measure and draft exteriors and interiors of existing buildings for designers
  • Provide building layout of new construction or addition to ensure zoning setbacks are met
  • Building location certificates for mortgage or building inspection purposes

Cadastral Surveys

Cadastral surveys involve legal boundaries, and as BC Land Surveyors we are qualified to make measurements to determine the location of existing boundaries and to set new boundaries. Cadastral surveys usually result in a legal plan that gets registered with The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia. Examples include:

  • Subdivision of land (See Notes)
  • Consolidation of land
  • Bare land and building stratas (See Notes)
  • Rights of way, easements and covenants (See Notes)
  • Road dedication for municipalities or the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Postings to reset lost boundary posts
  • Air space parcels (See Notes)
  • Registered building leases (typically for commercial buildings)
  • Foreshore leases (water lots for docks, etc.)
  • Accretions and natural boundary adjustments

Topographic Surveys

Topographic surveys identify features on the ground and may also include information about overhead or underground features. A topographic survey results in a map or plan that can illustrate ground elevations in the form of contour lines, the positions of buildings, fences, streets, sidewalks, driveways, utilities, retaining walls, trees, landscaping, and more. Topographic surveys can be prepared for a variety of purposes including:

  • Subdivision design (See Notes)
  • Civil engineering design for roads, utilities, drainage, etc.
  • Architectural design
  • Permit applications
  • Construction planning
  • Volume calculations
  • Terrain modeling

NOTE: High resolution aerial imagery taken from a drone can be included with a topographic survey for an accurate visual underlay. We can provide accurate geo-referenced orthomosaic (multiple photos stitched together and geometrically corrected) for your project.

Construction Surveys

Construction surveys relate to building and infrastructure development and can be required throughout a project lifecycle from design to completion. Some of the services and products that we can provide are:

  • Site plans for design (topographic survey)
  • Excavation, foundation, and grid line layout
  • Benchmarks for elevation
  • Engineering layout and as-builts for civil engineers
  • Building location certificates for building inspection purposes

Environmental Surveys

Environmental surveys are conducted for qualified environmental professional (RPBio, RBTech, etc.). We can provide precise positional information for:

  • Riparian area mapping
  • Monitoring wells

Geodetic Surveys

Geodetic surveys establish the precise horizontal and vertical location of control points and other features relative to a global, regional or local reference system. Geodetic surveys are required for purposes such as:

  • Control for photogrammetric mapping
  • Precise alignment and positioning of cell towers
  • Survey control networks
  • Monitoring of earth or structure movement

Computations, Drafting and More

Our expertise with cadastral information and geospatial data ideally qualifies us for certain tasks that may not require any field surveying:

  • Proposed development concept plans (to determine feasibility of potential rezoning, subdivision, townhouse sites, etc.)
  • Road and railway alignment calculations
  • Compiling cadastral maps for infrastructure planning
  • Data processing and conversions including where custom software is required
  • Map projection and coordinate transformation calculations
  • Area and volume calculations
  • Least-squares network adjustments and analysis for monitoring or control with measurements made by others
  • Drafting and combining data from multiple sources
  • Coordinate calculations from hard copy drawings and plans
  • Shadow casting calculations

Notes on Specific Surveys

Subdivision Plans

Subdivision plans are collaborative projects involving planners, civil engineers, architects and land surveyors. Our accurate survey/subdivision plans may include road and services layout, topography and boundary retracement.

Strata Plans

Condominium development in urban areas around Victoria and the Okanagan Valley continue to trend. We provide condominium surveys for developers planning small to large developments on unique and challenging locations.

Easement and Rights of Way Plans

Easements secure your right of passage over the adjacent property. We identify property boundaries and the rights associated with them via easement plans prepared to accompany the property title. If you need access over your neighbour’s property – e.g. for your driveway – an easement will legalize your rights. Statutory rights of way are common for municipalities and industries where power and pipelines cross private property.

Air Space Plans

Developers and landowners may create an air space parcel above their land for the land title office. The title for each parcel can then be dealt with separately from other parcels of land. This is the process for subdividing a building vertically and the only way to keep the strata separated from other land parcels. We understand municipal planning requirements and the policies governing air space subdivisions.

Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.