What is a Topographic Survey?
Topographic Surveys map the existing elevations/topography of a parcel of land. The end product is typically a plan which shows resultant “contour” lines (at pre-determined elevations) of the parcel surveyed, similar to those shown on a U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Map but with much greater detail. These surveys and the resultant data produced are typically used by engineers, architects, and other design professionals in performing their services for clients (such as subdivision road design, grading plans, stormwater studies, structure designs and landscaping). They are also typically required as submission documents by state and local government agencies and boards, such as the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and town planning and appeals boards.