Frequently Asked Questions

I want to check the boundaries of my property, what is the cost?

The amount of work required to confirm your land title boundary can vary significantly from place to place. Each re-survey is based on a varying amount of survey evidence left behind by other registered cadastral surveyors over time. It is the historical evidence of previous surveys held in the Land Titles Registry that surveyors most heavily rely upon to check or reinstate title boundaries.

The size or the property , difficulty of the terrain or access can also effect the time and cost.

As a result, a check on you title boundary can cost as little as $500 or many thousands of dollars depending on the factors mentioned above. What is important that any survey performed must have proper legal evidence to support it.

So beware, a cheaper survey may not protect you in the future should there not be sufficient legal survey evidence to support it.

What survey do I require to confirm my boundary?

There are several types of survey of property boundaries.

If you merely need to confirm the location of an existing boundary for building or pre purchase we recommend an identification survey or a boundary location certificate.

The difference between these two surveys is the sketch of an identification survey is lodged with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines for survey records under S16 of the SMIA Act 2003. This gives some degree of legal standing to the survey by allowing other cadastral surveyors to search the survey and incorporate the findings in future boundary determinations in your area. A location certificate does not lodge survey records publically.

To give a greater legal standing to a survey, your surveyor may then recommend to re-survey your land. This will only be the case where there is a significant difference between the present title description and those described by your surveyor. This plan will create a new title description, based on the re-survey dimensions and marks placed during the survey. which places greater emphasis on preservation of the intent of the re-survey by surveyors for future boundary determinations.

Why should I get my property surveyed?

You could get your property surveyed if you do not know where the legal extent of your land title is. This may have greater importance if you are improving your property through building or fencing or if you are intending to purchase a property.

A boundary survey will give you both peace of mind and clarity to know what you legally own and what if any are the responsibilities of the ownership of your land (to maintain a wall, or trees, runoff etc). A registered cadastral surveyor can advise on many aspects of your land title including extent, encumbrances and encroachments which your solicitor or real estate agent generally cannot provide.

What is 4D laser scanning?

Terrestrial Laser scanning is a technology that uses controlled focus of laser beams to measure many millions of distances to an object. Modern laser scanning instruments can be either ‘time of flight based’ or ‘phase based’ systems.

The term 4D is refers to four dimensions being x,y,z position and time.

The advantages of laser scanning are it can produce very detailed 4 dimensional models at very high accuracy in a relatively short period of time. This can be extremely useful where there is sometimes only a limited amount of time to capture a complete scene or you wish to measure a highly detailed structure or piece of equipment at a point in time. We also refer to this process a 3d documentation.

The disadvantages of scanning it often produces very large data set that can be difficult to interpret or manage with basic computer hardware and software. If this is a problem 3d modelling software can be used to simplify to point cloud and give much smaller data sets without the uncertainty of individual points in the cloud.

For examples of laser scanning technology and 3d modelling, check out our portfolio.

What is the spatial industry?

It’s all around us!  In your phone, GPS, construction plans. 80% of Australian government’s decisions rely on spatial data.

Definition: Spatial Science
Spatial science is typically concerned with the measurement, management, analysis and display of spatial information describing the Earth, its physical features and the built environment.

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Why engage or deal with a Registered Surveyor?

In Queensland, Registered Surveyors are legally required to adhere to the Code Of Practice (s80 of Surveyors Act 2003). Administered by the Surveyors Board of Queensland, the Code provides consumer confidence to the general community through upholding the survey standards, competencies and conduct of all Registered Surveyors.

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