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We offer a wide variety of typical land surveying services, emphasizing control surveys and topographic surveys utilizing dual frequency high precision geodetic GPS receivers. Other services we provide include the following:

  • Legal descriptions for utility easements, temporary construction easements, lot line adjustments, land title transfers/exchanges, and annexation/LAFCO applications.
  • Boundary surveys and preparation of Record of Surveys and Corner Records.
  • ALTA Surveys.
  • Right of Way research and plotting.
  • Topographic surveys for site improvement designs, redevelopment, storm channel rehabilitation and cross sectioning, and other public improvements including thorough research of existing utility conditions.
  • Horizontal and vertical control surveys, using both GPS digital levels and total station techniques.
  • Photogrammetric paneling and control surveys.
  • Construction staking for underground utilities, mass grading operations, site improvements, redevelopment, building foundations and facility mechanical systems.
  • Elevation monitoring, elevation certificates and data collection for flood panel updates.
  • GIS data capture.
  • GIS small site system development, cadastral base layer preparation.
  • Infrastructure inventory for small municipality Federal Transportation funding reports.
  • Monitoring well surveys and AB2886 compliant survey reporting.

We provide the best possible professional services to our clients, the best possible working conditions to our employees and the best possible example of citizenship in our community. We're sure you will enjoy working with our courteous and knowledgeable staff.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is proudly a CELSOC member firm, Santa Clara County Chapter.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is a California Corporation offering comprehensive land surveying and mapping services to both private sector and public agency clients. We use both conventional survey methods as well as the latest in proven technological advances, such as high precision GPS receivers, to quickly and accurately provide our clients with the survey services they need to keep their projects on track.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying has proven experience in GPS photo control for roadway improvement projects as well as for various site development projects. We have provided comprehensive mapping and land surveying services for numerous site planning projects, project sizes ranging from 5 to 40 acre single site developments to 800 acre master plans for summer camps and parks.

JUNE 2009

CLSA published scanning article by SVLS member Tim Redd.(Read Article)

SVLS welcomes the newest member of our professional staff Dave Atkins. Dave comes to us from Nelson Architects where he served as General Counsel. Dave's experience in contract administration will be a great asset to us as this economy heats up and we scramble to keep up with demand.....(Read more)

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. welcomes Gabriela Marcado a junior at Santa Clara University to our summer intern staff..(Read more)

DECEMBER 2008

Announcing the open invitation to all clients, friends and associates of SVLS to a holiday office party – open house.  Join us as we celebrate and kick off the holiday season.  Come see our recent office improvements including office space expansion and our indoor laser scanning studio.  Staff will be available to show visitors samples of their work on recent projects.  Multi media displays will highlight recent developments in 3D laser scanning technology.  Drop by any time between 2pm and 6pm Friday December 19th.  Good food and great door prizes will be waiting for you.  Bring a friend or colleague.  Everyone is welcome.

NOVEMBER 2008

Ross Carlton, Chairman of the CLSA Advance Technology Advisory Committee invites Tim Redd a Land Surveyor from SVLS to join the committee.
Tim Redd will bring extensive background and experience in 3D Laser Scanning to share with the committee...(Read more)

OCTOBER 2008

SVLS surveyor sits on education panel at the International Laser Scanning Conference and Exposition presented by Leica-HDL. 
Tim Redd, company principal and part time educator represented several local educational institutions driving a panel discussion session at the conference.(Read more)

SVLS upgrades its laser scanner fleet to include the latest Leica technology. 
This month Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. took delivery of a Scan Station 2, a time of flight type 3D ...(Read more)

JUNE 2008

Announcing the latest addition to our team. 

John Braswell joins the SVLS Surveying Department as Surveys Manager. 
John comes to us from a well respected family owned firm in Michigan.  John brings with him many years of industry experience...(Read more)

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  • Boundary
  • Environmental
  • FEMA
  • GIS
  • GPS
  • 3D Laser
  • Topography

We offer a wide variety of typical land surveying services, emphasizing control surveys and topographic surveys utilizing dual frequency high precision geodetic GPS receivers. Other services we provide include the following:
  • Legal descriptions for utility easements, temporary construction easements, lot line adjustments, land title transfers/exchanges, and annexation/LAFCO applications.
  • Boundary surveys and preparation of Record of Surveys and Corner Records.
  • ALTA Surveys.
  • Right of Way research and plotting.
  • Topographic surveys for site improvement designs, redevelopment, storm channel rehabilitation and cross sectioning, and other public improvements including thorough research of existing utility conditions.
  • Horizontal and vertical control surveys, using both GPS digital levels and total station techniques.
  • Photogrammetric paneling and control surveys.
  • Construction staking for underground utilities, mass grading operations, site improvements, redevelopment, building foundations and facility mechanical systems.
  • Elevation monitoring, elevation certificates and data collection for flood panel updates.
  • GIS data capture.
  • GIS small site system development, cadastral base layer preparation.
  • Infrastructure inventory for small municipality Federal Transportation funding reports.
  • Monitoring well surveys and AB2886 compliant survey reporting.

We provide the best possible professional services to our clients, the best possible working conditions to our employees and the best possible example of citizenship in our community. We're sure you will enjoy working with our courteous and knowledgeable staff.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is proudly a CELSOC member firm, Santa Clara County Chapter.

The ALTA survey has long been the standard for land surveys of commercial properties. The specific level of detail and accuracy required by lenders, title companies and owner/buyers has been standardized by industry associations in its publication, “Minimum Standard Data Requirements for Land/Title Surveys,” by ALTA and ACSM/NSPS. To read or download your own copy of the current standards, chick the above link or go to the ACSM website.

Each ALTA survey may also include additional items beyond the minimum standard level of detail. This additional items are known as Table A items. Click on the link to view these items.

When requesting an ALTA survey, the surveyor may ask you for “Lender’s Requirements.” Lender’s Requirements are the specific list of items to be shown and certified on the survey prior to funding a loan for the purpose of purchasing commercial real estate. These Lender’s Requirements are usually a simple restating of the ALTA Minimum Standards, including all Table A items required by that lender.

If you have need of an ALTA survey, our specialty, how fast can you expect it to take to complete? The ALTA survey generally takes only as long as any other survey, and is entirely dependent on the size of the property, the number of buildings, and level of complexity of surveyable features. Escrow period and contingency waives often dictate the schedule of inspections and surveys. At Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. we have greater depth and bredth of resources than the traditional land surveyor/sole proprietor. We can respond to even the most challenging and demanding escrow requirements usually without any effect on your costs.

If you have need of an ALTA survey, you can expect the cost to depend on how large the parcel is; how complex the site is; what level of detail the lender requires; when the ALTA needs to be completed; and how soon the client can provide title reports, signed contracts and required deposit (if any).

EXAMPLE of ALTA pdf

We offer a wide variety of typical land surveying services, emphasizing control surveys and topographic surveys utilizing dual frequency high precision geodetic GPS receivers. Other services we provide include the following:
  • Legal descriptions for utility easements, temporary construction easements, lot line adjustments, land title transfers/exchanges, and annexation/LAFCO applications.
  • Boundary surveys and preparation of Record of Surveys and Corner Records.
  • ALTA Surveys.
  • Right of Way research and plotting.
  • Topographic surveys for site improvement designs, redevelopment, storm channel rehabilitation and cross sectioning, and other public improvements including thorough research of existing utility conditions.
  • Horizontal and vertical control surveys, using both GPS digital levels and total station techniques.
  • Photogrammetric paneling and control surveys.
  • Construction staking for underground utilities, mass grading operations, site improvements, redevelopment, building foundations and facility mechanical systems.
  • Elevation monitoring, elevation certificates and data collection for flood panel updates.
  • GIS data capture.
  • GIS small site system development, cadastral base layer preparation.
  • Infrastructure inventory for small municipality Federal Transportation funding reports.
  • Monitoring well surveys and AB2886 compliant survey reporting.

We provide the best possible professional services to our clients, the best possible working conditions to our employees and the best possible example of citizenship in our community. We're sure you will enjoy working with our courteous and knowledgeable staff.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is proudly a CELSOC member firm, Santa Clara County Chapter.

We offer a wide variety of typical land surveying services, emphasizing control surveys and topographic surveys utilizing dual frequency high precision geodetic GPS receivers. Other services we provide include the following:
  • Legal descriptions for utility easements, temporary construction easements, lot line adjustments, land title transfers/exchanges, and annexation/LAFCO applications.
  • Boundary surveys and preparation of Record of Surveys and Corner Records.
  • ALTA Surveys.
  • Right of Way research and plotting.
  • Topographic surveys for site improvement designs, redevelopment, storm channel rehabilitation and cross sectioning, and other public improvements including thorough research of existing utility conditions.
  • Horizontal and vertical control surveys, using both GPS digital levels and total station techniques.
  • Photogrammetric paneling and control surveys.
  • Construction staking for underground utilities, mass grading operations, site improvements, redevelopment, building foundations and facility mechanical systems.
  • Elevation monitoring, elevation certificates and data collection for flood panel updates.
  • GIS data capture.
  • GIS small site system development, cadastral base layer preparation.
  • Infrastructure inventory for small municipality Federal Transportation funding reports.
  • Monitoring well surveys and AB2886 compliant survey reporting.

We provide the best possible professional services to our clients, the best possible working conditions to our employees and the best possible example of citizenship in our community. We're sure you will enjoy working with our courteous and knowledgeable staff.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is proudly a CELSOC member firm, Santa Clara County Chapter.

What is a FEMA Elevation Certificate?

The Elevation Certificate is an important tool of the National Flood Insurance Program administered by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The Elevation Certificate identifies the property being surveyed, the surveyor that performed the survey, and any details about the structure including the type of contruction and the elevations of key locations on and around the structure. It is used to determine flood damage risk and flood insurance rates.

How do I know if I need an Elevation Certificate?

You may need an elevation certificate if your mortgage lender or insurance provider have contacted you and informed you as such. If the city or county in which your property is located has contacted you to inform you of changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) then you may need an elevation certificate.

Why do I need a Land Surveyor to prepare the certificate?

Only persons authorized to practice land surveying and who are licensed by the Board of Registration may perform the survey and complete Section C of FEMA Elevation Certificate.

Will an elevation certificate guarantee a reduced rate for flood insurance?

No. However, if the survey determines that all or part of the structure is above the base flood elevation, your insurance provider may waive or modify your insurance rate. In some such cases a Letter of Map Amendment application may be required. We recommend that you discuss this with your insurance provider prior to authorizing any survey work. In some cases, property owner may even receive refunds for past paid premiums.

How soon can I get the Certificate?

Normally the survey and certificate preparation take only a couple of days to complete. If necessary, an urgent request can be accommodated in just a couple of hours.

Can my neighbors and I get a group discount?

Yes, special group rates are available for Home Owner's Associations, Neighborhood Associations, and other multiple unit projects. Call our office to find out if your property is near an exisiting project where we are currently working.
eMail: info@Svlandsurveying.com

The role of the surveyor in GIS is quite varied. Some firms offer a full range of GIS services, including system deployment, hardware and software sales, and customization. At Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. we stick to what we do best. We survey. In the GIS community its called data capture. Silicon Valley provides field surveying services to many GIS inventories. Whether the survey needs are Manholes to the nearest meter or centimeter accuracy, we can design an inventory program to meet your needs.

The use of satellite signals in surveying has become the standard practice for many types of surveys. At Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. we boldly embrace new technologies and have pioneered many such practices. In addition to the use of GPS methods on many of our surveys, we also perform GPS surveys for other surveying and engineering companies which have an occasional need for GPS.

GEOTRACKER

Environmental issues continue to require surveys and mapping services at an ever-increasing pace. Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. became very involved in the early deployment of the GeoTracker system. Our staff was the first surveyors to know, understand, and properly implement the requirements and methods of the GeoTracker System. We provide broad assistance to many of our clients who are now being forced to comply with these new requirements. We have supplied the reporting process for our environmental clients by providing standardized data tables approved by the Board for automatic uploading of Geo_Z and Geo_XY survey reports for monitoring wells. All reports are provided in electronic file format as well as by stamped hard copy for you records. We can also provide site map surveys for GeoTracker and Non-GeoTracker sites.

Got BIM?

We speak BIM! We probably speak it more fluently than most. Although BIM is new to most design firms, we have been developing 3D workflows for years. Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is a pioneer in the use of 3D Laser Scanning for collecting accurate as-built conditions. Call us and we can pass along our valued knowledge and insights to start your next BIM project.

05/22/08 Read the latest posting at http://3DLaserScanning.blogspot.com

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ENGINEERING & LAND DEVELOPMENT

Although not highly publicized, Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. does provide civil engineering services for a few select types of development projects. For urban areas, we have experience and expertise in small to medium-sized residential and commercial in-fill and redevelopment projects. These include minor subdivisions and small tract subdivisions for developers specializing in “boutique” custom homes. Additionally, our engineering services cover minor improvement plans, commercial site design, and construction support. Call us to find out if your project fits our profile.

For rural, remote or hillside projects, we have considerable expertise and are the engineers of choice for several area architects specializing in custom, very high-end homes for the most discerning residents of the Silicon Valley and neighboring communities.

ENGINEERING CONSULTATION

Before starting any site design, many regular clients ask us to provide consultation such as pre-design planning investigation, site visits, development estimates, and assistance with feasibility evaluation and entitlement issues. Schedule an appointment to come in and see how we can help you make your next project a success.

ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT

In addition to our planning and engineering design services, Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. can provide the highest level of construction support, including permitting, bid review and support, construction management and coordination, construction staking, elevation and/or setback certifications, as-built surveys, and ALTA surveys.

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Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is a California Corporation offering comprehensive land surveying and mapping services to both private sector and public agency clients. We use both conventional survey methods as well as the latest in proven technological advances, such as high precision GPS receivers, to quickly and accurately provide our clients with the survey services they need to keep their projects on track.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying has proven experience in GPS photo control for roadway improvement projects as well as for various site development projects. We have provided comprehensive mapping and land surveying services for numerous site planning projects, project sizes ranging from 5 to 40 acre single site developments to 800 acre master plans for summer camps and parks.

Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is proudly a CELSOC member firm, Santa Clara County Chapter.

About us Profile
Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. is a California Corporation offering comprehensive land surveying and mapping services to both private sector and public agency clients. We use both conventional survey methods as well as the latest in proven technological advances, such as high precision GPS receivers, to quickly and accurately provide our clients with the survey services they need to keep their projects on track.

To submit your resume and contact information email us at Newjobopenings@svlandsurveying.com

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JUNE 2009

CLSA published scanning article by SVLS member Tim Redd. (Read Article)

SVLS welcomes the newest member of our professional staff Dave Atkins. Dave comes to us from Nelson Architects where he served as General Counsel. Dave's experience in contract administration will be a great asset to us as this economy heats up and we scramble to keep up with demand. Dave is a graduate of UCSC and Santa Clara University Law School. Dave will serve as General Counsel to executive staff and consult for accounting, contracting, collections and advising on new market opportunities.

SVLS welcomes Gabriela Mercado,
a Junior at Santa Clara University to our summer intern staff. Gabriela is a civil engineering major and will intern under Keith Palmer. Gabriela is an excellent student and very active in community affairs. We are luck to have her with us this summer.

DECEMBER 2008

Announcing the open invitation to all clients, friends and associates of SVLS to a holiday office party – open house.
Join us as we celebrate and kick off the holiday season.  Come see our recent office improvements including office space expansion and our indoor laser scanning studio.  Staff will be available to show visitors samples of their work on recent projects.  Multi media displays will highlight recent developments in 3D laser scanning technology.  Drop by any time between 2pm and 6pm Friday December 19th.  Good food and great door prizes will be waiting for you.  Bring a friend or colleague.  Everyone is welcome.

NOVEMBER 2008

Ross Carlton, Chairman of the CLSA Advance Technology Advisory Committee invites Tim Redd a Land Surveyor from SVLS to join the committee. 
Tim Redd will bring extensive background and experience in 3D Laser Scanning to share with the committee.  The CLSA Advanced Technology Committee has been very active in recent years in many technology issues effecting surveyors in California.  Tim Redd says he is honored to participate in the committee and will do what ever he can to continue the good work of the committee.

OCTOBER 2008

SVLS surveyor sits on education panel at the International Laser Scanning Conference and Exposition presented by Leica-HDL. 
Tim Redd, company principal and part time educator represented several local educational institutions driving a panel discussion session at the conference.  Tim holds teaching appointments at Stanford University and SJSU where he includes laser scanning as one of the methods of surveying in courses he teaches. 

During the panel session Tim described his experience in bringing laser scanning to the classroom and answered questions from the moderator, Geoff Jacobs Senior Vice President, Leica-HDS and from the audience.  Training and education for surveyor in scanning is a topic on interest to many employers and agencies which utilize laser scanning. 

SVLS upgrades its laser scanner fleet to include the latest Leica technology. 
This month Silicon Valley Land Surveying, Inc. took delivery of a Scan Station 2, a time of flight type 3D full field-of-view laser scanner capable of capturing 50,000 survey points each second.  Not only is SVLS the first surveying company to deploy this technology in our area, we are the only one with two scanners in our inventory.

JUNE 2008

Announcing the latest addition to our team
John Braswell joins the SVLS Surveying Department as Surveys Manager. 

John comes to us from a well respected family owned firm in Michigan.  John brings with him many years of industry experience, great leadership qualities,  NSPS CSI II certification and the best attitude a surveyor can possibly have.  We are excited to offer Johns skills and capabilities to assist you and your project.  Welcome aboard John.  We’re glad you’re here.

FEBRUARY 2008

Land surveying principal speaks at Annual CLSA conference
Tim Redd, company principal-in-charge of land surveys and laser scanning, presented an educating lecture and Power Point presentation about laser scanning at the Reno Nevada CLSA annual conference in February, 2008. The presentation was aimed at practicing surveyors who desired a fundamental explanation of laser scanning survey technology and the current state of deployment of this technology in the AEC industry. Laser scanning is rapidly becoming the method of choice for field data collection of existing conditions surveys.

The CLSA annual conference is the largest annual surveyor conference on the West coast. CLSA will often post the proceedings and Power Point slides from this website http://www.californiasurveyors.org/

Among the session attendees was Geoff Jacobs, senior vice president, Leica Geosystems, HDS, said he was very exciting by the presentations and its coverage of laser scanning technology and work flows. Most of the session attendees were not currently using laser scanning but are considering expanding their service offerings to include scanning.

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