For some, a land survey is a piece of paper that causes confusion and stress. At Bearing Tree Land Surveying, our goal is to provide you with the GIS surveying information you need to read your land survey without a problem. If you have read our preceding posts, then you are already aware that there are more than just a couple steps to understand GIS surveying. Just like we promised, here is the third step to understanding your OKC land survey.

  1. Before you start locating data, it’s important to review your map’s legend and the scale provided. Each survey has the ability to be different, and the scale and legend can change based on the information provided. Typically, a survey’s scale and legend can be located on the right side of the document. If not there, then it’ll be along the bottom.

  • A map’s scale will be able to connect the distances listed on a map to their physical size. For example, each inch on your survey may equal 100 yards. It’s important to understand the scale in relationship to the physical property.

  • A legend on a map is a list of symbols with their meanings. For example, a manhole cover may be symbolized as a small circle on the legend.

  • Although The Bureau of Land Management has a set standard of symbols that are used on GIS surveying maps, your survey may include additional symbols or use symbols that are defined differently.

We hope you’re understanding your survey easier now that we’ve broken ground on how to read your land survey map. To learn more, stay tuned for our next blog: The Fourth Step To Understanding Your Land Survey.