The construction industry is thought of as the realm of work boots and hard hats. Increasingly, the jobsite has become a landscape intersected by red lasers and the buzzing of drones. A ubiquitous part of the modern construction site, be it a commercial building or a residential subdivision, is GIS surveying. From sidewalks to swimming pools, GIS mapping is undoubtedly utilized to provide the quality that is expected. Surveying has been utilized to map construction sites for hundreds of years but with current GIS methods, unparalleled accuracy has become the gold standard.


A key factor of any construction project is drainage. GIS mapping is the most effective way to understand the drainage issues. Using GIS and 3D mapping it is possible to accurately plan a drainage system for the jobsite and the final project.


A major problem on a jobsite with large, exposed dirt areas is erosion. GIS surveying can evaluate the loss of material through erosion. Erosion control is only one aspect of project management. GIS can provide accurate models of the final product.

3D Digital Terrain Models

3D digital terrain models can be accomplished with GIS, 3D mapping and Lidar GIS. The result is a cross section of the terrain that can be manipulated to represent the finished product. It can be modified to compensate for changes in design or environmental issues, it provides a comprehensive, digital reference of your project. For a consultation, be sure and contact Bearing Tree Land Surveying and Aerial Mapping, a benchmark of quality.