Our Services

Full list of Surveying Services

GEL Solutions provides a wide range of surveying services including:

ALTA / ACSM SURVEYS

GEL Solutions can provide surveys according to standards adopted by the American Land Title Association and the American Congress for Survey Mapping.

UTILITY AS‐BUILT AND POST‐CONSTRUCTION SURVEYS

GEL Solutions provides As‐built surveys and prepares drawings to show the horizontal and vertical placement of utility systems. This information is often required for release of bonds or payments or for confirmation that utility lines are accurately located.

UTILITY SURVEYS AND MAPPING

GEL Solutions specializes in providing detailed locations and mapping for underground utilities through our extensive knowledge and experience with the Subsurface Utility Engineering process.

BOUNDARY AND EASEMENT SURVEYS

GEL Solutions provides boundary surveys which are often necessary to confirm the location of property lines on projects. The location of property lines is an essential element on projects that involve the following:

  • · Subdivisions of land
  • · Design and development of improvements that are near or cross boundary lines
  • · Easements or rights of way
  • · Regulatory setback lines
  • · Purchase, transfer, or mortgaging of real property
TREE LOCATION SURVEYS

Counties and municipalities often have tree ordinances that stipulate how to perform site work around existing tree resources. GEL Solutions provides tree surveys to identify size, species, condition and location of trees on a parcel of land. This information is critical to project planning and engineering to ensure the protection of trees and compliance with applicable regulations.

TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEYS

GEL Solutions provides topographic surveys that capture the physical features of the earth, as well as the elevations of the subject property that are typically used for planning and engineering.

ROUTE SURVEYS

GEL Solutions provides route surveys along existing rights‐of‐way and new location for the use in planning and engineering. With multiple crews, we are equipped to provide this data for large and small projects in a short period of time.

CONSTRUCTION LAYOUT SURVEYS

GEL Solutions provides construction stakeout surveys and layouts of the existing conditions of the future work site, including topography, existing buildings and utilities. From construction project control to building layout, GEL Solutions' surveys help guide the construction of new projects and keep projects on schedule.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) SURVEYS

Using state‐of‐the‐art GPS, GEL Solutions can perform Static or RTK surveys.

  • Static GPS Surveying is used to establish survey control points with State Plane Coordinate grid values at high precision.
  • RTK (Real‐Time Kinematic) GPS Surveying may be used to obtain survey data relative to a single reference station, using real‐time corrections.
SETTLEMENT SURVEYS

GEL Solutions provides elevations used to determine the vertical movement of foundations or structures over time.

VOLUME SURVEYS

Volume surveys are primarily used to measure the quantity of materials that have been moved on a site or stored on a project. The material may include soil, stone, coal, agricultural products, silt and others. In many cases, these numbers are used to determine a basis for payment.

SURVEYS OF DELINEATED WETLANDS

Surveys of delineated wetlands are provided to determine the limits of United States protected wetlands under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These surveys, used for site planning and engineering, are commonly a basis for permitting applications and mitigation of these protected areas.

PROPERTY SURVEY CONDEMNATION MAPS

GEL Solutions performs Property Surveys for Departments of Transportation (DOTs). When DOT projects require acquisition of property extending beyond the State’s existing rights‐of‐way (ROW), they must negotiate a settlement with the property owner. In the event a settlement cannot be reached between the two parties, the case will go to mediation and possibly to court. If either mediation or court are necessary, a Property Survey is required to provide the mediator or court with a Condemnation Map. The map serves as an exhibit illustrating boundaries of the private property owned, the existing DOT ROW, and the proposed new boundaries for both. The map also illustrates the relevant project area, proposed damages to the property, and pertinent topographic features. The map is used to aid in reaching a monetary settlement for the property owner.

RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL SUBDIVISIONS

GEL Solutions has a comprehensive understanding of the land development process for both residential and commercial sites.

PHOTOGRAMMETRIC GROUND CONTROL

Photogrammetry is the science of making accurate measurements from photographs. GEL Solutions uses high‐speed imaging and remote sensing in order to detect, measure and record complex 2‐D and 3‐D motion fields to recover exact positions of surface points.  GEL also can provide ground targets with corresponding horizontal and vertical control utilized in photogrammetry.

GIS MAPPING

GEL Solutions provides Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to help clients organize large amounts of data. GEL Solutions is equipped with GPS units that capture data, and can then be imported into GIS software used to compile large databases.

GEODETIC CONTROL SURVEYS

GEL Solutions offers geodetic control surveys which provide a high degree of accuracy.  Traditional surveying methods reference physical benchmarks as control points.  Over time, the positions of these objects can be altered due to land movement and other factors.  The geodetic control method utilizes Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) which have continuous contact with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS/GPS) to provide highly accurate and updated location points, un-affected by physical forces.

HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS

GEL Solutions performs hydrographic surveying services to map under water environments, structures and shorelines.  We can operate in a range of water bodies including ponds, lakes, rivers, waterways, and oceans.  Hydrographic survey data can be beneficial for marine construction, marine structure inspections, dredging operations, flood plain mapping, pipeline inspections, environmental and habitat monitoring.

FLOOD INSURANCE CERTIFICATES

GEL Solutions can provide flood insurance certificates for property owners to support proper rates for flood insurance.  This documentation details the precise location of a property and accurate elevations of structures in relation to base flood elevations (BFEs).  It is not uncommon for homes or buildings to be mapped inaccurately and considered to be in flood zones.  Flood insurance certificates are commonly sought after when a property is in a flood zone and the owner is considering disputing it.

DIGITAL BASE MAPS

GEL Solutions can prepare detailed digital base maps which are a necessary component in developing any Geographic Information System (GIS.)  They provide the framework around the target area, help define its location, scale and other details describing the surrounding environment.  Digital Base Maps are often essential for engineering purposes such as land development, urban development, infrastructure planning, underground utility design and environmental monitoring. 

DRONE PHOTOGRAMMETRY

Compared to historical methods of aerial data collection using satellite imagery and piloted aircraft, this innovative approach offers increased accessibility and accuracy, accelerated turnaround times and significant cost savings.   GEL Solutions offers a tailored approach to suit the needs of every project using drone photogrammetry. 

More details on our Drone Photogrammetry services here.

3D LASER SCANNING (LiDAR)

GEL Solutions offers 3D laser scanning, an advanced LiDAR mapping technology that produces high quality, 3D data.  This fully portable system can be employed to accurately document and record a range of objects and landscapes and can withstand harsh environmental conditions. 3D laser scanning allows for coverage of large areas in a short amount of time while delivering detailed, precise results.  In our approach, we utilize the following methods:

  • · 3D Mesh Modeling
  • · 3D Feature Scanning
  • · Point Cloud Modeling

More details on 3D Laser Scanning here.

 

WHY CHOOSE GEL?

• Experience and Company Stability
• Quality and Dependability
• Responsiveness and Timeliness
• Robust Equipment and Software
• AutoCAD and Microstation Deliverables
• Competitive Pricing
• Peace of Mind
• GDOT prequalified in area classes: 5.01, 5.02, 5.03, 5.08, and 6.01b
• NCDOT prequalified for Boundary Surveys, Easement Surveys, Topographic Surveys, Hydrographic Surveys, and Route Location Surveys

 


Our Locations: Charleston, South Carolina; Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro North Carolina; Marietta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.  Visit our contact page for details.

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