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Episode 5 – AAB Tulsa Engineering – Tulsa Topographic Surveying 101

Learn more about AAB’s Tulsa topographic surveying services:

DEFINITION – A Topographic Survey is a survey that gathers data about the elevation of points on a piece of land and presents them as contour lines on a plot. … Topographic maps are used to show elevations and grading features for architects, engineers, and building contractors.


  • What type of gear and equipment do you need to do topographic surveys?
    1. TopCon GPS Products – 


  • When did you first buy topographic equipment?
    1. At the age of 30.


  • How much does it cost to buy topographic equipment?
    1. $100,000 + of investment was needed to buy Alan’s initial set of topographic equipment.
    2. What is a hypotenuse? 
      1. The longest side of a right triangle, opposite the right angle.
    3. What is lidar? 
      1. Lidar is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflected light with a sensor.


  • Who needs topographic surveying?


    1. Anybody buying land.
    2. Contractors prior to moving dirt.
    3. Land owners who are getting prepared to move land.
    4. Anybody looking to do border surveys.