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Consulting Services

The land surveying profession is one of the oldest professions in the world. Land surveying consultants are licensed surveyors that have a strong background and experience in a range of land surveying types. Essentially the role of land surveying consultants is to assess, map and measure land. Our consulting service is used by a range of businesses who need a professionals input into the legalities surrounding property ownership. Often a business will hire a land surveying consultant for their legal knowledge and if required they will perform a land survey on properties or construction sites.

Whether a project involves surveying hundreds of miles of pipelines or assisting in the recovery of a city after a natural disaster, our survey team is more than prepared to tackle any challenge. Integrating our newly refined data communications network, high quality instruments, and professional staff, our land surveying company can offer an efficient solution to every project.

Pre-construction Route Surveys

Delineating a corridor to provide sufficient qualitative information and dimensional data for indicating location of boundary lines and topography such as cross sections, location of existing utilities and other man-made and natural features for design and construction, use and maintenance of roads, railroads, transmission lines, hike and bike trails and walkways.

As-built Surveys

Post construction, planametric or topographic survey often used to compare design plans to actual location or elevation.

Preparation of Permit Applications

The company has permit agents who meet with landowners to negotiate fees to cross their property.

Right-of-way Research and Plan Development

Preparing a plan showing a strip or area of land, including areas on the surface, overhead, or underground, granted by deed or easement, for construction and maintenance according to designated use.

Well Location Plats

Preparing a plat showing building layout and other improvements tied horizontally and vertically to the boundary of real property and showing other information such as drainage and connections to public access and utilities.

GIS Database Design and Management

Locating property lines, utilities, planametric features, etc. related to building or maintaining a municipal or countywide Geographic Information System (GIS).

Modern GIS technologies use digital information to create a hard copy map or survey plan. The information is transferred into a digital form through the use of a CAD program and geo-referencing (defining a thing’s existence in physical space). With the wide availability of information from satellite and aerial sources, geographic data is extracted and involves the tracing of geographic data directly on top of the aerial image. The GIS data represents real objects such as roads, land use, elevations, trees and waterways. 

We use the newest technology and software to design maps that are easy to read and contain all the information required depending on your needs. We use the latest survey technology to acquire precise locations which we then plot on our maps and use to develop boundaries, buffers, hazards or any other item that needs to be on a map. We customize our maps for permit agents, line crews, drill crews or client representatives. We are able to deliver daily updates, with same day surveyed locations plotted and ready for field use.

Commercial and Private Boundary Surveys

Locating property lines and determining areas of tracts of land in urban and rural regions, including reestablishing existing boundaries, creating boundaries for new tracts of land, and creating property line adjustments between adjoining land owners and writing new legal descriptions to local, county and state requirements.

Subdivision Development

Erickson Contract Surveying has assisted many landowners in creating Subdivisions for their property. Most of the clients we have helped in Subdivision work are the everyday landowners that want to subdivide their property into three to ten lots. We provide a one on one experience in creating a subdivision that best fits the client’s and property needs.

The subdivision process to seek local planning board approval is not a simple undertaking. Often services from other professionals such as engineers, site evaluators, hydrologists and others are required. Over the years we have worked very efficiently with these professionals to help keep the cost of subdivision under control.

The results of a Subdivision requires approval by the local planning board for three lots created out of a five year time period. First a Conceptual Plan or Sketch Plan is prepared, after the review of the local Subdivision and Zoning Ordinance and a compilation of certain key information of the site. Often soils work for suitable septic sites and wetland identification is needed during the first step. After the initial review with the local planning board a Preliminary Plan is prepared and submitted. Then a Final Plan is submitted which requires planning board approval, signatures, and recording in the Registry of Deeds.


Seismic Surveying

One of the biggest breakthroughs in oil and natural gas exploration has come through the use of basic seismology. Seismology refers to the study of how energy, in the form of seismic waves, moves through the earth's crust and interacts with various types of underground formations.

The basic concept is simple. The earth's crust is composed of different layers, each with its own properties that cause seismic waves to be reflected back to the surface at different rates. The reflections of these waves are recorded by sensitive pieces of equipment called “geophones,” which are temporarily inserted in the ground.

The data picked up by the geophones is then transmitted to a seismographic recording truck, which stores the information for further interpretation by geophysicists and reservoir engineers. 3-D images are then created from this data allowing geophysicists and geologists to determine the location of oil and natural gas, as well as the best method to retrieve it. This technology has raised the success rate of exploration efforts up to 50% by ensuring more accurate placement of drill sites, which ultimately results in more productive wells.

Environmental Services

 Very few (if any) projects that involve construction can be completed without some form of environmental compliance.  Environmental compliance may influence project schedule, construction methods, development costs, and/or subsequent operations.  Because of the significance of the outcome of environmental compliance, the effort to achieve it must be well planned and well executed and must be developed specifically to accomplish the objectives of the project.  ECS has incorporated an environmental capability into its operations that is founded on these three principals. 


The following sections identify some of the industries and service areas in which ECS provides its uniquely specialized environmental capability.  

 

Oil and Gas 

Under most circumstances, good planning is the most critical element of a compliance program for oil and gas E&P projects.  Effective coordination with agencies and landowners and in-depth regional knowledge allow early identification and mitigation of regulated impacts and regional concerns.  ECS understands how critical timing and flexibility are to oil and gas development.  Our extensive experience will keep your project on schedule and on track.


Pipeline

ECS has direct experience on pipeline projects ranging from small local utilities to large production materials circuit systems to regional water supply networks.  Our experience allows us to build an environmental compliance program that is tailored to the unique requirements specific to purpose, region, landownership, and environment and that are designed to meet the goals of the project.  Well-considered planning to ensure proper pipeline siting and an effective environmental compliance program for project construction are mandatory to meet the environmental compliance requirements placed on this industry.

 

Development

Land development projects have specific objectives that must be met in order to maximize the value of the land resource.  It is critically important that the environmental compliance program executed for any land development project be designed around these objectives.  ECS staff has provided environmental consulting services for projects ranging in size from a 1-acre commercial lot development to a 15,000-acre private recreational/residential development; constituting tens of thousands of acres of successfully completed projects.  Our extensive experience will ensure your development plans and objectives are realized.

 

Transportation

ECS staff has completed all facets of environmental compliance for numerous transportation projects including road reconstruction, new alignments, bridge construction, intermodal facility development, and airport construction.  In many instances these projects have significant limitations regarding construction timing, location, and design.  These limitations and the unique nature of transportation projects demands an environmental compliance program that is project specific, thorough, and well supported.  ECS has extensive experience developing environmental compliance programs that ensure transportation projects proceed as required to maintain this valuable infrastructure.

 

Biological/Aquatic Field Studies and Design

Most environmental programs begin with a baseline environmental data collection effort.  Therefore, the subsequent environmental program is only as reliable as the baseline information that supports it.  ECS relies on experienced biologists, botanist, aquatic ecologists, and other specialists to collect the appropriate type, quantity, and quality of environmental data needed for each project. 


Our strong field sciences foundation allows us to develop and execute very successful environmental design projects.  Based on your specific project requirements, ECS can develop revegetation, restoration, reclamation, habitat enhancement, and wetland mitigation design plans that will meet site requirements, regulatory requirements, budget considerations, and project objectives.

 

Cultural Resources

Projects on public lands and those with federal approvals will typically require compliance with any of a number of cultural resources regulatory requirements.  Early and accurate identification of these resources will allow your project to proceed with the least level of disruption and, when required, design modification.  ECS manages cultural resources investigations and any subsequent regulatory compliance strictly from the perspective of meeting your project goals and objectives.

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