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Land Survey Department

The Surveyor plays an active and important role in project development, drafting and design, working closely with the Design Engineer. We approach Project Development with a comprehensive perspective with the understanding that preliminary and final design are directly related and affected by site requirements. The initial survey is integral to the design process as site specific information is gathered and transferred to the Engineer for evaluation. Our design team is skilled and proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D, providing an efficient and accurate transfer of data for preliminary and final design, construction staking, and record drawings at the end of the project. Our Land Survey Department can meet all of your survey requirements, regardless of size and scope.

MECO provides full service Land Surveying to clients in MISSOURI and ILLINOIS. 

Typical survey services:

  • Boundary survey
  • Topographic survey
  • Small Lot/Large Lot/Farm Surveys
  • Subdivision Plats
  • ALTA/NSPS land title survey
  • Mortgage inspection
  • Real Property Report (Missouri)
  • Photogrametric control surveys
  • Condominium survey
  • FEMA elevation certification
  • Control survey
  • Hydrographic survey
  • Right-of-way and easement location survey
  • Deed and survey record research
  • Mapping Services
  • Determination of earthwork quantities
  • Construction Staking

Our Land Survey Department is managed by Ron Kliethermes, PLS, Survey Manager.  In this capacity, he oversees the daily operations of the Department and manages the Jefferson City Division.  Mr. Kliethermes is licensed in Missouri and Illinois and is responsible for the completion of all surveying activities through the Jefferson City Division, including calculation of cost estimates, scheduling of work, and surveying activities required of each project.  He provides survey services in support of our Illinois projects through our Pittsfield, IL Office.

Each Survey Division has a complete survey crew available at all times, with the capacity to offer additional crews through our comprehensive cross-training of our technical staff.

Project Approach to Land Surveys:  MECO’s Professional Land Survey Department handles each project with precision and client consideration.  Our Department is led by an experienced and skilled licensed professional surveyor (PLS) who directs the efforts of highly qualified and experienced mapping and field personnel.  We maintain the highest of standards, ensuring the production of quality deliverables to the client.  While the majority of our surveys and related documents are utilized for engineering design and construction purposes, many are sought in response to boundary disputes, title issues, or other legal matters.   Our professional land surveyors are available to provide expert testimony as necessary.

Accurate and concise cost estimates are provided at no charge (or maybe free of charge) to the client, identifying tasks required and length of time to complete the work. Contracts for surveying work are generally based on an hourly, not-to-exceed method but can also be a lump sum charge, completely dependent upon the clients’ needs and requests or type of work proposed.

We have the capacity to dispatch survey crews from either of our two Divisions, resulting in prompt response, rapid deployment of teams, and cost efficiency.  An experienced and qualified licensed professional land surveyor will be directing the work during all critical phases of the field work.

With our comprehensive understanding of the design and construction processes, our Surveyors possess the knowledge to perform the field surveys with design and construction elements in mind.  Existing conditions that may present a challenge during design or construction are readily identified and noted, saving valuable time and expense for the client.  Our quality control system and hands-on approach to providing these important services provides reliable and accurate survey work, prompt response and rapid deployment of personnel, and the timely turnaround of the deliverables, all resulting in work completed on time and within project budget.

Engineering surveys: These surveys are performed specifically to obtain information essential for the engineering and design of a project and may include topographic surveys, boundary surveys, and/or underground utility locate surveys.

Boundary Surveys: Performed by the Professional Land Surveyor to identify and mark the exact locations of real property boundaries.  This work is required for various reasons, including boundary disputes, sub-dividing of property, acquisition of property by a public utility or others, and prior to the engineering, design and construction of improvements.  These projects can be as simple as constructing a new fence along a property line to major projects including buildings and other facilities.  Corner monuments will be set and stakes will identify the boundary lines.  A detailed plat map identifying the location of the monuments, existing utilities/structures, existing street right-of-way, utility easements, or other easements, site measurements, and property line demarcation will be prepared and properly recorded.

Topographic Surveys:  Topographic surveys and subsequent maps prepared from the collection of field data provides the designer with existing conditions and features of the land, identifying the location of property lines, existing structures, streets, curbs, other drainage facilities, sidewalks, above ground utilities and related facilities, ponds/lakes/streams, trees and other features present on site, and volumetric calcualtions.  Contour lines identify the slope of the land and drainage patterns.  Topographic surveys are utilized during the design of various projects, including pipelines, streets and roads, sidewalks, trails, storm drainage systems/facilities and other applications as deemed appropriate.

Route Surveys:  These engineering surveys typically relate to the development of linear facilities, including roads and highways, sidewalks, trails, pipe lines (water/sanitary sewer/gas), and electric transmission lines.

Bridge Surveys:  Another type of engineering survey to provide data to the structural engineer for the location and design of new structures or replacement of existing structures, including road realignments. Hydrologic/hydraulic surveys are performed, with data utilized to model the stream under various high water events to determine appropriate location of the structure and the type of structure required for the particular site.

GPS/Control Surveys/State Plane Coordinates:  Our Headquarters Survey Department personnel specialize in the performance and delivery of Global Positioning System (GPS) Surveys, providing horizontal and vertical controls and targeting for aerial photogrammetry.  Aerial control surveys provide topographic information for the development of an aerial topographic map using photogrammetry.  This process is economically feasible for large parcels of land.   Targets are placed around the site, with the location of each target provided to the photogrammetrist.  Targets are placed around the site by the surveyor, with photographs taken from aircraft.  Utilizing the data from the field (target locations) and the photographs, an aerial topographic map can be prepared.   We offer citywide or countywide GIS control, monumentation, and documentation of GPS Control Network.  Utilizing the MoDOT VRS and Illinois VRS GPS Network technology, we have the ability to tie any project to State Plane Coordinates, saving valuable time and expense at the time of the initial survey and in the future when additional surveys may be necessary.

Construction Surveys/Construction Site Staking:   In addition to the surveying we perform for projects designed by our firm, we offer concise, accurate and reliable construction survey and staking services to a variety of clients, including contractors, consulting engineers, builders and developers, providing free cost estimates for the proposed work.

ALTA/ACSM Surveys:  This specialized survey is performed to satisfy requirements associated with lending institutions, corporations, and title companies relating to residential and commercial property development.  The ALTA/ACSM survey includes elements of a boundary and a topographic survey.  The finished work product is in the map form, identifying property boundaries and the exact locations of all existing improvements on the site.

FEMA Elevation Certificates:  An elevation certificate, prepared by a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) is required for parcels located within identified flood hazard areas to determine the height of the structure in relationship to the base flood elevation.  The certificate may be useful in reducing the cost of said insurance.

As-Built Surveys:  These surveys determine that the construction of improvements has been completed in accordance with engineering plans and specifications and provides a permanent resource record for the client of the completed construction.  Through the completion of detailed Record Drawings utilizing the survey field data, the drawings identify the constructed improvements, measurements, and locations, particularly important for underground utility construction projects.

Instruments/Equipment/Software:   MECO’s survey and AutoCAD technicians utilize up-to-date technology for surveying, design and mapping activities and are experienced and proficient in the use of various types of equipment and software, including:

  • Trimble R8 GPS
  • Sokkia Total Station
  • Nikon Total Station
  • TDS Ranger Data Collector
  • Trimble Geomatics Office
  • Microsoft Office
  • MoDOT VRS GPS Network
  • Illinios VRS GPS Network
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D

Deliverables:  We provide survey plats, maps, survey drawings, engineering drawings, and documents to our clients in various formats as requested or required of the specific project, including digital format compatible with AutoCAD Civil 3D, electronic transmission of PDF files, paper copies, and on CD’s.