Topographical Surveys

topographical surveysTopographical surveys or land surveys are detailed accurate plan drawings identifying both natural and man-made features within a specified area. The plan will show all features such as buildings, boundaries, services covers and site levels. Normally presented digitally in CAD format, we are also able to provide scaled paper copies.

There are many reasons why topographical surveys will be required, but typically they are used by architects, planners and engineers for the design and planning stages of a project. Whatever the project that you are considering, a thorough accurate survey drawing will reduce the risk of costly downstream mistakes caused by unforseen issues.

Our aim is to provide you with exactly what you need, delivered when you want it.

  • We will work with you to tailor a specification and proposal that suits your requirements. Depending on the size and type of your project we can provide the information important to you.
  • Using modern technology we will provide you with the most cost effective solution, delivering your information quickly.
  • Using only experienced land surveyors you can be confident that our topographical surveys are drawn to the highest standard.
  • With our extensive survey experience our surveyors will provide additional information that may be vital to your successful project, such as neighbouring building heights.
  • Survey drawings are supplied in various 2D and 3D CAD formats and paper copies can be provided.
  • Should you require a topographical survey to support a BIM project we can provide you with a 3D surface model solution in Revit format.
  • Additional services that we are able to offer to support your project include measured building surveys, utility surveys and CCTV drainage surveys.

If you have a survey requirement please get in touch by calling 01438 841300 or email

For a fast response quotation use the ‘contact us’ facility and provide us with as much information as you can. When specifying the survey area it is important to provide us with a clearly marked site plan.


Frequently asked questions:

What are topographical surveys?

Topographical surveys or land surveys are an accurate representation of the area of interest showing all natural and manmade features with levels. Shown as three dimensional points all features including the property, land features and physical boundary details are presented on a scaled survey drawing. Using our surveying equipment one of our land survey teams will visit the site to capture the site features and then process the information at our offices in Welwyn.


What information is included in a topographical survey?

The amount of detail included in a topographical survey depends on your requirements. Typically the land survey will include the existing buildings and structures, boundary details, a grid of levels, ground surfaces, tree positions, drainage details and service cover positions. Additional details can be included such as the features adjacent to the site or underground services. Survey drawings are normally delivered as CAD files and as scaled paper plans.


How do I obtain a quotation for a topographical survey?

A quotation can be sought by contacting us with the details of your site with as much information as you have. This can be the site address and post code with a description of the site extents, but any existing plan information you can supply is always useful. One of our experienced land surveyors will then provide a proposal detailing our fee, land survey scope, timescales and the deliverables.

Case Studies

Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by architects Hopper Howe Sadler to produce a topographic survey of the campus grounds with floor plans and elevations of the college buildings and accommodation blocks.

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Geffrye Museum, London

Working closely with the Museum and their architect, we have carried out several measured surveys over the last 4 years. This is all part of the ongoing additions and modernization to this East London Museum.

topographical surveys Geffrye Museum

Manor House, Oxfordshire

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by Cheshire based architects, Janine Stone, to carry out a measured survey of the property. Their requirements consisted of producing a topographical survey of the land…

topographical surveys Manor House

Fort Gilkicker

Fort Gilkicker is a Victorian fort located on the Hampshire coast overlooking the Solent, near Gosport. It consisted of 22 gun emplacements in a semi-circular series of granite-faced casemates designed…

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Building Schools for the Future

As part of the nationwide ‘Building Schools for the Future’ project Terrain Surveys successfully won the contract to carry out topographical surveys, including all underground services, of seven secondary schools….

topographical surveys Future Schools