2D or 3D Representation of Land

Focusing on elevation and land features, topographical surveys, also known as feature contour surveys, are performed to assist in land development and analysis. Most typically they are utilised in the design of new subdivisions, drainage studies, council development applications and a multitude of other civil-related projects.

Analysing the variation in elevation can give a clear understanding of the land and its possibility for development as well as informing plans. Typically, a developer or designer will require a topographical survey of a parcel of land to show what natural and man-made land contours exist, including height, depth, size and location.

Topographical Surveys provide a level of rich, accurate detail that other methods are unable to achieve via through 2D or 3D representation.

Plans obtained from topographical surveys show details such as reduced levels, contours, boundaries, easements, site areas, vegetation, buildings, utilities and any other visible improvements on the land.

Topographical Surveys


  • Residential or commercial spaces
  • Land expansion or development
  • Determine property lines and land features
  • Inform designs and building proposals
  • Land valuation tool
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Benefits of Topographical Surveys

The benefits of Topographical Survey are:

  • Improves land management strategies- Topographical Survey helps in improving land management strategies.
  • Reduces environmental risks- Topographical Survey provides valuable information on the location of major environmental hazards.
  • Saves money and resources- Topographical survey is a fast, simple and easy way of determining the area in which there is a property owner or businesses do not need to spend money or energy on landscaping, topography or other improvements to the surrounding area.
  • Protects assets- Topographical Survey is used to protect assets like bridges, buildings, and other public or private facilities that are located in areas of natural concern.
  • Makes land-use decisions more precise- Topographical Survey can help improve the decision-making process by providing detailed and accurate information to the landowners, developers, and builders.
  • Provides accurate data for environmental protection- Topographical survey is also used to provide accurate data for environmental protection, especially when carrying out biophysical or social research studies in various regions of the world.