What is a Topographical Survey?

A Topographical survey (land survey) is the accurate and detailed mapping of the natural and man-made features within an area.

Why is a Topographical Survey needed?

– Residential Planning
– Housing/Commercial
– Redevelopment
– Highway Design
– Identify specific features of an area
– Garden Design
– Location of trees and tree canopies
– Location of boundaries for disputes
– Development or alterations to land use
– To create a 3D model of the area
– For historical records

Surveys can be provided in many formats but are usually provided in 2D/3D CAD & PDF.


We use the latest technologies such as laser scanners or Total Stations linked to tablets to provide highly accurate and precise measured building surveys.

All quotes are tailored to the clients requirements.

We can produce a wide range of outputs such as:
Roof Plans
Elevations (Internal/External)
Cross Sections
Reflected Ceiling Plans
3D BIM Models


Elevations are surveyed remotely using a Faro 3D laser scanner or Leica Reflectorless Instrument.

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Sections can be produced through any point on a building and can show either the simple section detail or elevational information up to a distance away from the section line.

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Detailed floor plans which include as standard: walls, columns, beams and other structural elements, doors/windows with heights, floor and ceiling levels, room use.

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We can also carry out area surveys for rating and valuation.

GEA – Gross External Area
GIA – Gross Internal Area
NIA – Net Internal Area

All surveys are undertaken to the RICS Guidance for “Measured Surveys of Land, Buildings and Utilities“

Topographical Surveys are also commonly combined with a Measured Building Survey to fully understand a sites layout.

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Dawn Mannings
20:56 31 May 20
Did such a good job dealing with our party wall matters. Greatly appreciated. Thank you again for all your hard work
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Steven Hawling
20:41 31 May 20
I have used this company for two residential surveys and cannot fault the service! Chloe is very professional and delivers an excellent customer experience. I was well informed on what information i would receive and when. Everything arrived when expected and Marcus was more than happy to talk through the reports. Highly recommend this company!
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Edward Stevens
15:57 24 Apr 20
From my initial telephone call with Sabrina to the day of the site survey with Chloe and her subsequent face-to-face feedback I have been impressed with the professionalism and customer focused approach to what is a major decision in our lives... moving home. There was effective communication throughout the process and a very positive experience.
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Katie Simons
19:51 23 Apr 20
Moved from Bristol to London for work and used Modrics Surveyors from a Homebuyer Survey. Would highly recommend the company and would use again on future property purchase. The service was very reliable and efficient, with excellent communication throughout the process. Survey was undertaken on Thursday and I've received the report the next day. The whole team was very professional, friendly and report provided the detail that I needed. Overall, highly recommend, 5 star service and a great value for money.
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Sarah Jones
19:36 23 Apr 20
Professional, caring and very experienced. The surveyor took the time to run through the survey personally with me afterwards and provided plenty of hints and tips about me upcoming renovation job. 10/10 !
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Emma Reeves
16:43 29 Jan 20
Chloe was recommended to me by a friend. They all delivered the service I was looking for. Always on hand to offer guidance and advice when I needed it. They were professional, efficient, courteous and and helpful from start to finish. The service was thorough, with Peter even taking the time to explain some matters in more detail to me over the phone. Extremely good value for money, I will certainly be using them again when the time comes
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Aston Lowery
02:05 23 Jan 20
Prompt service, report within 48 hours of visit as promised. Telephone briefing directly after survey very useful. Report itself clear and understandable. Chance to raise any specific concerns/plans before the visit ensured these aspects were covered in the report. Would use again.
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