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National Surveyors’ Week 2024: Celebrating the Role of Surveyors in Shaping Our Communities


Survey team sept 2023 18As we celebrate National Surveyors’ Week 2024, it is important to recognize the invaluable contributions that surveying professionals make to our society. Surveyors play a crucial role in shaping our communities, from mapping out land boundaries and infrastructure to providing vital data for construction and development projects. The surveying industry as a whole has evolved significantly over the years, adopting new technologies and methodologies to improve accuracy and efficiency in their work.


One of the most exciting developments in the surveying industry is the advent of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. These cutting-edge tools have revolutionized the way surveyors gather and analyze spatial data. GNSS allows surveyors to pinpoint precise locations on the Earth’s surface using signals from satellites, while LiDAR technology enables them to create highly detailed 3D maps and models of the terrain. These advancements have significantly improved the speed and accuracy of surveying, ultimately benefiting clients and stakeholders in various industries.


Survey team sept 2023 19 droneTo be a successful surveying professional, one must possess a blend of technical skills, critical thinking, and attention to detail. Surveyors are required to have a strong understanding of mathematics, physics, and geographic information systems (GIS). Additionally, they must be able to interpret and analyze complex spatial data to provide accurate and reliable results. Furthermore, effective communication and problem-solving skills are essential for surveyors to collaborate with clients, engineers, and other stakeholders on various projects.


The impact of surveyors extends far beyond the field of engineering, construction, and development. Their work also plays a critical role in environmental conservation, disaster response, and urban planning. For example, surveyors provide essential data for mapping out floodplains, monitoring coastal erosion, and assessing the impacts of climate change. Their expertise also contributes to the development of sustainable infrastructure and the preservation of natural resources. In essence, surveyors are instrumental in creating a safe and resilient built environment for our communities.


At McGill, our surveying team is dedicated to serving our clients with the highest level of professionalism and expertise. Through our comprehensive surveying services, we strive to deliver accurate and reliable data to support a wide range of projects, from small-scale developments to large infrastructure initiatives.

We are committed to upholding the highest industry standards and staying abreast of technological advancements to better serve our clients’ needs.

McGill Surveying Services Practice Area Leader Chad Howard said, “The most rewarding aspect of being a surveyor is being a part of projects that are improving our communities such as parks and water / sewer systems. These projects really do enhance people’s lives.”


McGill’s surveying division provides a broad range of surveying services by leveraging cutting-edge instrumentation and software technologies. We view surveying as an imperative extension of our engineering services. It plays a crucial role in obtaining accurate and detailed information about the physical characteristics and topography of a site – which is essential for effective design and construction.

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To ensure consistency and the production of excellent mapping outputs for our clients, we have written surveying and CAD standards. Our crew has substantial surveying experience throughout the Southeast. We have extensive surveying expertise in topographic site mapping, route surveying, right-of-way retracement, property boundary surveys, ALTA surveys, subdivision platting, recombination surveys, easement surveys, as-built surveying, construction staking, utility mapping, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and traditional photogrammetry and aerial mapping, as well as high-order geodetic survey control. We also have our own in-house unmanned aerial services team with two FAA-certified UAV pilots and can provide aerial photography and photogrammetry.


To read more about our in-house surveying team and the services they provide, click here.

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