Architect – Curious about Surveying
Hello. I am new to the forums. I am a licensed Architect in CA, CO & WI who also builds in WI. I’ve hired surveyors for many years primarily for topographic and general surveying for residential and commercial projects. Currently I am primarily focused on designing and building luxury homes. I’ve always wanted to be able to do my own ‘light’ surveying for field as-builts and the like. However, I know nothing about the actual surveying and equipment used.
My goal is to learn the basics of what it takes to survey information in the field so I can do two things: get information (point data with location and elevation), and be able to then field stake new information (prospective building corners, posts, etc..). I am a very hands on person who would prefer to invest in light/medium duty equipment and learn how to gather and stake information myself. My goal is NOT to act as a surveyor, or for my information to be used as the official record. I will always use licensed surveyors for my design and construction documents.
I am a curious person who wants to be able to tool around sites doing the above as a mechanism for better design, and field staking thoughts. I guess that’s the best way to say it.
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