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What is the Best Survey Method?


In our last article, we discussed five different types of surveys. All of these surveys use RTK systems to some extent. But with all these different methods, which one is ultimately the best? 

This is precisely the question that we set out to answer today. However, before we go into the answer, let’s first briefly review the five types of surveys.

The 5 Types of Surveys Using RTK Systems

Site Planning

A site planning survey uses RTK systems in a combination of boundary and topographic survey activities. These are usually the first surveys to be conducted on land for future development and help provide a broad overview of the possibilities available.


A construction survey provides additional information for additions to existing structures. It helps developers and workers understand how to interpret drawings, plan work and make decisions related to grading and other activities.


Subdivision surveys divide a larger parcel of land into small tracts for residential lots and commercial space. They are also necessary at the beginning of a project as they help determine where essential service lines—like power, water, and internet—will be laid during construction.


Boundary surveys determine the exact geographic location of property limits. This is essential for building activities and dividing land and plays an important role in research and planning.


A topographic survey does just what it sounds like. It measures and records the topographical details of the land. This includes changes in elevation, as well as contours, trees, buildings and other features that merit consideration.

The Best RTK System Survey

In reviewing the different kinds of surveys, a pattern has started to emerge; namely, that each of these surveys performs a different function. As a result, deciding which one of these is “best” can be fairly problematic.

Instead, it is best to consider the needs of your projects. Several of these surveys may be necessary before the completion of your job, so don’t let yourself get pigeon-holed into one particular type of survey. If you have any questions about the right equipment to use, as well as troubleshooting and product information, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bench Mark Equipment & Supplies is your team to trust with all your surveying equipment. We have been providing high-quality surveying equipment to land surveyors, engineers, construction, airborne and resource professionals since 2002. This helps establish ourselves as the go-to team in Calgary, Canada, and the USA. Plus, we provide a wide selection of equipment, including global navigation satellite systems, RTK GPS equipment, GNSS receivers, and more. We strive to provide the highest level of customer care and service for everyone. To speak to one of our team today, call us at 403-286-0333 or email us at [email protected]

About the Author

Nolan has been working in the surveying field since 2017, starting as a part-time student at Bench-Mark while attending the University of Calgary. He now works in technical support and sales helping customers find the right product for them.

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