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What is a topographical survey?

A Topographical survey, also known as a land survey, maps out the contours of the land you intend to develop, the positioning of neighbouring buildings, trees and drainage structures to produce an accurate representation of your project site.  

These surveys help your contractors to envision the layout of the development site and assist with the outline of the boundaries. They help to establish any inconsistencies between the blueprints and the foundations. A topographical land survey is an essential document for anyone who intends to develop or modify land. 

At Fosse Surveying, our specialist surveyors conduct surveys to best practice using the latest Leica Total Stations, GNSS equipment and 3D laser scanners. Our state of the art equipment allows us to produce surveys accurately and to scale, reducing the risk of human error significantly. 

Once the site has been processed, our AutoCAD software produces 2D and 3D sketches of the measurements. These scans are available for download in a variety of formats including DX, DWG and PDF. 
All of our Birmingham projects are conducted to the standards of the royal institute of chartered surveyors (RICS)

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What are the benefits of a Topographical Survey in Birmingham?

Topographical surveys can help the management of your project by determining any issues that may not have been discovered prior. This process can prevent the emergence of costly errors, saving a considerable amount of time in the long run.

Having knowledge of the ground’s condition under your infrastructure is important to ensure its durability, as this can affect the stability of the foundations. Having the property’s boundaries outlined prevents any dispute over the ownership of land and also provides a historical record of the site.

What information is included in a Birmingham Topographical Survey?

  • The situation of Inspection chambers (gas, water, electricity)

  • The height and position of neighbouring buildings

  • Power and telephone lines

  • The development site’s boundary locations

  • The location of kerbs

  • Any water features (waterways, ponds etc.)

  • Drainage systems

  • The location, spread and width of trees


What is the purpose of a Topographical survey?

A land survey provides you with an authentic representation of your site’s overall condition. When developing the boundaries of your site, a topographical survey will identify any neighbouring structures and restrictions that may affect the process.

How much does a Topographical survey cost?

The cost of a topographical survey is dependent upon the level of detail required for your project. It is also affected by the amount of time spent at the site. If you would like any further information, please get in touch for an exact quote.

What is included in a Topographical survey?

A Topographical survey process typically includes the following:

  • Collating the information needed for the project - area surveyed, level of detail required and the most suitable form determined for the final product

  • The planning and management of time and the subsequent pricing

  • Gathering the needed data from the site to the level of detail required with specialist software

  • The processing of the site data and the final product produced - AutoCAD sketches

  • Quality assurance checks

  • Delivery of the final product to the client

How do I obtain a Topographical survey in Birmingham?

At Fosse Surveying, we employ a variety of expert surveyors in a multitude of disciplines. Whether you’re looking for more detail on Topographical surveys in general or have all of your ducks in a row and are ready to book, our Birmingham team of surveyors are available to answer all of your questions, no matter how small. We understand that you have a range of factors to consider including budget and time. At Fosse Surveying, we work with you to produce detailed results as required, to time and within your budget. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0116 2325169 or email us at

Our Promise

  • Fosse Surveying will adapt your survey to meet the needs of your project and provide the most important information needed for efficient completion

  • Our Birmingham surveys are created to RICS standards, using state of the art equipment, that provide cost effective and professional results

  • Our surveys will be presented in the most appropriate format for you

  • Any additional information that may be crucial to the success of your project will be provided by our experienced surveyors

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If you’re looking for a company that provides high quality surveying that offers an excellent all round customer experience, you’ve come to the right place.

Head office:
Old Vicarage, Market Place, Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2JB

Regional Office:
The Old Rectory, Main St, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8DG

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