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Surveying and Mapping

The fundamental purpose of all surveys is to provide property owners with an accurate determination of the size and shape (dimensions) of their property, setting property markers on the corners and reporting on the position of improvements (buildings, etc.) made to the property - particularly with respect to improvements such as fences near the property boundaries. Under the laws of Ontario, only a licensed Ontario Land Surveyor may provide you with this information. A survey is often required by property owners who wish to make changes to their property (add a building, build a fence, etc.) or simply wish to have knowledge of the conditions of their property.

Some other circumstances where surveys may be required are:

• Buying or selling a property or part of a property;

• Mortgaging a property;

• Property redevelopment such as a subdivision, condominium, etc.;

• Construction of new buildings, fences, hedges, etc.

• Boundary disputes.

There are many reasons why you may be refused a copy of a survey plan. Survey plans are not a 'product' bought and sold by surveyors. Survey plans are a communication tool used by the surveyor to express their professional opinion as to the location of property boundaries or other aspects of a property.

The information on the plan is specific to a certain time and for the specific purpose of the surveyor’s client. The information on the plan may be 'out of date' or may not be sufficient for current needs. For instance, a one-year-old survey for new construction is usually completed before the building is completed or the site graded. As such, it may not illustrate many important aspects of the improvements to the property such as building overhangs, fences, driveways, overhead utility lines, etc. These features can be critical to the current needs of the property owner.

Plans may also contain information that is confidential to the surveyor's original client. By providing new copies of plans, the surveyor may be accepting additional liability for his / her professional opinions and is entitled to reimbursement for that new risk.

Section 6 of the Surveys Act does allow a surveyor, or a person in the surveyor's employ to enter and pass over the land of any person at any time, or to enter into a building, at a time suitable to the occupant.

UAV Mapping

Our surveys provide accuracy down to 3 cm in both the horizontal and vertical direction. We utilize our Leica RTK network for the same level of accuracy as our standard survey equipment. Because of the high resolution of our surveys we can provide an elevation grid work of 1 meter and higher depending on your property.

For data collection, operations work best on a cloudy day with minimal to moderate wind.  Our UAVs cruising speeds are between 40-110km/h, and in optimum flight conditions can be up in the air for up to 50 minutes at a time. We are able to fly to a height of 400ft above ground level as per Transport Canada Regulations.

In winter flight conditions, we monitor the dew point to ensure no ice builds up on the wings (affecting flight stability). We utilize state of the art weather and wind monitoring applications to ensure the upmost safety of the flights throughout the year.

We are certified for UAV operations by Transport Canada (Regulator of Drone Operations in Canada). Our pilots hold Advanced Operations Pilots Certificates, which allows us to fly and gain access to all types of airspace classifications. We have a working relationship with Transport Canada and the different air authorities to fly operations safely.