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What is a topographical survey?

A Topographical Survey (Land Survey) is a key component to any design process to any planned development of an area and is used by many people from architects, civil engineers, developers, builders and the private individual.

A topographical survey maps the boundaries, building footprints of existing and neighbouring structures, drainage, trees, ground surface types and levels of a site plus many more features that vary from site to site.

With our reflector-less survey Leica Total Stations we can gain ridge and eaves heights of the current and neighbouring buildings, overhead cables heights, tree heights, bridge soffits and other key structures.

Fosse Surveying has invested in the latest cutting edge Leica survey technology to ensure that every survey produced for our clients is to the highest possible standard of accuracy. The latest survey technology is used to give our surveyors the edge with faster and accurate equipment which allows you to locate many key features that appear on and off-site.

All of our surveys are related to Ordnance Survey via GNSS site equipment and delivered to our clients needs in DWG, DXF, PDF, CSV, GEN or XYZ formats both in 2D and 3D once professional checked by management once the onsite surveyor has processed the site data in LSS and then AutoCAD.

All of our quotes are based on a full specification topographic survey so no detail is missed throughout our site visit. 

You can view examples of our topographical surveys below. For information about the other services we offer such as Measured Building Surveys or 3D Laser Scanning Surveys, you can browse through our services pages. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

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What are the benefits of a Topographical Survey?

Topographical surveys help to manage your project by uncovering any potential issues or barriers that may have not been accounted for in the initial plans. This process saves a considerable amount of time and allows for contingencies to be put in place to prevent costly mistakes. 

The outline of your property’s boundaries is defined during a topographical survey, providing a historical record of the plot and tangible evidence of your ownership if challenged.

What information is included in a Topographical Survey?

  • The elevation and placement of the surrounding infrastructures

  • The development of site boundaries

  • Drainage and sewage systems

  • Power and telephone lines

  • Kerb positionings

  • The width and spread of any surrounding trees

  • The location of gas, water and electricity chambers

  • Local water features


What is the purpose of a topographical survey?

A land survey provides you with an accurate representation of the condition of your development site. These surveys establish the surrounding infrastructure and any potential restrictions to your site’s boundaries that may affect the completion of your project.

How much does a topographical survey cost?

The cost of a topographical survey is relative to the amount of detail that your project requires and the time spent at the site. If you would like any further information, please get in touch for an exact quote.

What is included in a topographical survey?

The following steps are included in a typical land survey:

  • Gathering of essential information including the land to be surveyed, the required level of detail expected and the most suitable format for the project deliverables

  • The time involved and the subsequent pricing

  • Acquiring the project site data with specialist software

  • The processing of the site data and the generation of Computer Aided Design (Auto CAD) sketches

  • The conduction of quality assurance checks

  • The delivery of the final product to the client

How Do I Obtain A Topographical Survey?

At Fosse Surveying, our expert surveyors are skilled in a variety of disciplines and available to answer any questions you may have, including any queries about topographical surveys. Whether you’re looking for more information about topographical surveys or ready to pick up the phone and contact us, our team is here to help you. At Fosse Surveying, we understand that you are likely to have a budget and a time frame in mind. We work with you to produce detailed documents to your requirements, on time and within budget. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0116 2325169 or email us at

Our Promise

  • We will tailor your surveys to suit the requirements of your project, providing the most important information for efficient completion

  • Using state-of-the-art equipment, our surveys are conducted to best practice, providing cost-effective but professional results

  • Our surveys are provided in any format for your convenience

  • Our expert surveyors are happy to supply any additional information that may be fundamental to your project’s success

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If you’re looking for a company that provides high quality surveying that offers an excellent all round customer experience, you’ve come to the right place.

Head office:
Old Vicarage, Market Place, Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2JB

Regional Office:
The Old Rectory, Main St, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8DG

0116 2325169 - office 07940 147244 - on-site team