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Land surveyors determine and verify boundaries of property, create maps and plan the development of land. They work for government agencies, construction companies, architectural and engineering firms and utility services. There also are many surveying companies which provide contract services to these organizations.
Duties of land surveyors include researching legal boundaries of property in public records and other documents, such as deeds, legal records and maps.
Surveyors travel to work sites and then, using specialized equipment, they measure and record any land features such as contour, location and elevation.
Land surveyors investigate any easements or encroachments on property boundaries and report these to the parties involved.
Another duty of land surveyors is determining property boundaries when definitive legal documentation is not available. They use precise mapping tools, knowledge of laws, rules of evidence and local standards of practice.
Land surveyors must prepare data and reports to be submitted in court, in cases of legal disputes regarding boundary locations.