What is a Topographical Survey?

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A topographical survey is an accurate depiction of a site (property, area of land, defined boundary) which is scaled and detailed according to the spatial considerations and is the summary of the on-site data capture processes. This type of topographical survey is a detailed process which requires the insight of topological professionals to ensure the accuracy of all of the reports provided.

Here at Indigo Surveys, we are able to advise on a range of topographic survey, topological survey and land survey matters, including:


  • the best survey option for your site
  • details on topographic survey cost
  • various key questions about how the survey works


We understand that when it comes to booking such a specialist service, you’ll want to have full confidence in the expertise of your chosen option, so we offer a range of helpful insight on all matters related to topographical surveys, going beyond the initial details on what is a topographical survey and getting into the exact details of how we would go about a topographic survey on your specific site.




What is a Topographical Survey for?

The purpose of a topographic survey is to gather spatial information relating to the site (natural and man-made land features). This can often be related to national Ordnance Survey grid and datum information (often using GPS) and is surveyed by point. It is typically accepted that points are positioned in three dimensions which facilitates ground modelling and visualisations to be produced from the topographical survey.

Additional information can often be integrated into topographical surveys which assists a design team in taking account of the necessary and relevant site constraints. This can include site sections through particularly diverse gradient transects, spot heights of surrounding land and site features, i.e. neighbouring properties to assess overlooking, underground utilities information (from radar tracing and integrating utility records data).

What is likely to be surveyed in a topographical survey?

The different elements included in a survey will depend on the requirements from the client. Typical elements that may be part of a topographic survey include some of the following: 

  • Area boundary lines 
  • Buildings and structures
  • Street furniture (such as benches, bollards, post boxes, phone boxes, streetlamps, traffic lights and signs, public transport stops, public lavatories, memorials, public sculptures, and waste bins).
  • Trees, bushes and vegetation
  • Water channels (such as brooks, streams, ponds and lakes)
  • Ground heights and contours
  • Drainage features
  • Water levels

A wide range of different equipment will be used in a survey in order to make precise measurement of the features of a site. Accurate GPS equipment will survey the area and produce fixed points of an area of land which can be used as reference markers that tie in with the national coordinate system.

Using laser scanning, we can produce computers-aided design (CAD) drawings to accurately represent the site, with all site measurements displayed and fully scaled 3D drawings to give you a true oversight of the site features. For difficult to reach areas, we can make use of drone technology to complete laser scanning and get accurate detail of an area.

What are the benefits of a Topographic Survey for my site?

Obtaining the correct information early on at the design stage of a project – whether a topographic survey, topological survey or any other land survey – can save considerable time and reduce cost. The fact that we only use highly trained topographic land surveyors ensures you get the exact best fit for your site.

Collaboration with suitable individuals can also advise you on the range of most suitable information to be collected during the survey, i.e. a Suitable Tree Consultant for tree data advice and an Ecological Consultant for advice on site features for the Ecology Survey.

A topographic survey will provide you with accurate land measurements and give you a clear indication of how an existing site is arranged. It will help guide decisions when it comes to the planning of new buildings, the re-positioning of existing boundaries and in the design of drainage schemes for a site. 

Having a topographical survey conducted brings greater certainty to any planned development by reducing the risk of costly errors which could be made without an accurate picture of a site. A survey can reveal information that may not have been obvious, such as changes that may have occurred to land over time.

Through a proper understanding of the topography of the land, those looking to build on site will have a better idea of the condition of the land and its potential impact on the type of construction that could be built there. This ensures that any construction is on a sound footing.



[ Example of a topographic survey]


How do I find the right Topographical Specialist?

Here at Indigo Surveys, we have a team of specialists in the field of topographical surveys. Whether you’re looking for more detail on the initial question of what is a topographical survey, or you’re ready to book a survey and want to pin down your exact requirements, we’re more than happy to speak to you by phone or email.

We understand that there are a variety of factors to consider, including budget, so questions such as how much is a topographic survey, or more in-depth specifics around topographical survey cost for different sites, are always encouraged here at Indigo Surveys. We always seek to help our clients find the ideal option for their project in terms of quality, cost and timescale.

Your emails are always welcome and will be replied to by one of our team as soon as possible, with all comments and queries to be directed to info@indigosurveys.co.uk. Considering how important a topographical survey is, you will require a team of professionals, such as our team at Indigo Surveys, who know what they are doing.

Here at Indigo Surveys, we have highly skilled professionals with a wealth of experience in their field. Since 2009, we have been assisting many other individuals looking to learn about the features of a site or property, including:


  • homeowners
  • architects
  • developers
  • estate managers
  • retailers
  • engineers


A properly conducted topographic survey will enable you to learn much about a site or property you’re interested in investing in. This is the exact service we offer here at Indigo Surveys Ltd.


A Trusted Option

Due to the financial risks that are associated with site planning and investing, you definitely need specialists in this field who can keep you protected. Contact us for an insight into this area, our team can provide a topographical survey in any location across the UK, in many varying situations.

Our extensive experience is useful in every topographical project we take on. We can work on any site, regardless of its specific features and requirements. This is a guarantee that our professionals will provide a service that will fit your specific needs. Our well-established land survey company has offices in Chester, London, and Birmingham. We are able to provide our elite topographical survey options to clients all over the UK.

Our specialists operate with swiftness and efficiency on any location throughout the country. It is important that you have a proper topographic survey, which is only possible through experienced professionals. At Indigo Surveys, we’ll ensure you are free from any related risks by offering the right land survey choice for your site. We have a flexible service that can suit your specific project requirements.


Tailored Solutions

We completely understand each and every one of our clients’ needs, providing tailored topographical surveys to your site. From the experience we’ve had in the almost a decade we have been in this field, we have learned how to work with different clients, their sites and their varying conditions and needs.

Our topographical surveys may involve the use of AutoCAD drawing to come up with detailed plans for your site. This can work ideally with the land co-ordinates, OS grid or data already in existence. We can factor in elements such as:


  • the Ordnance Survey boundary plan
  • Land Registry plan
  • aerial photographs
  • contours, levels and GPS
  • cross-sections and site features


We always listen to our clients’ needs and requests. Our finished drawings can be delivered in many soft copy formats like .pdf and .dwg, as well as hard copy formats. We have a team of specialists who combine detailed skillsets to get you a high-quality topographical survey.

The collaborative approach we have enables us to provide reliable advice to any client, helping you to take on the right measures early enough. We have a team of dedicated professionals, guaranteeing you excellent services from our highly qualified and experienced surveyors.

We can provide insight on every stage of the topographical survey, and for those interested in knowing the topographic survey cost options, we have friendly and professional staff you can chat with. Our team can assist with details of the charges for different types of sites we assess, all at very competitive prices. It is of great benefit to find a reliable topographic survey company with an affordable topographic survey cost in the UK.


Get in touch for topographic surveys

Contact our very friendly team here at Indigo Surveys Ltd by phone, email or web chat. It would be our pleasure to assist you in any way you require within the topographical survey area. If you want to know more about what is a topographical survey, or discuss your exact land survey needs, please get in touch with us today on 0333 123 7080, or by email. If you need a reliable topographical survey option in your area, we can provide exactly that.


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