What is Geospatial Surveying?

GIS Survey

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a method of data collection that provides spatial information. Ultimately, GIS connects data to a map to show either location data or descriptive information.

These services are often required in the engineering, construction, or infrastructure industries. GIS provides a central system to store and view land data. It helps surveyors to easily manage survey information and provide the necessary data for your project.

Our team at C&A Surveyors has the experience and necessary expertise for all your land surveying needs.

What is Geospatial Surveying?

To understand geospatial surveying, it’s important to know what makes up geospatial data.

This is data that pertains to a specific geographical area. It is usually made up of the following five components:

  1. Vector Data
  2. Raster Data
  3. Attributes
  4. Geographic Coordinate System
  5. Georeferencing

These components may be used in isolation or in combination with one another.

When it comes to surveying, this data is extremely useful to contractors or engineers working on large-scale projects. This is because geospatial surveying provides a comprehensive analysis and complete view of the surrounding environment.

This is a rather complex and multi-dimensional type of land surveying service. While it does involve traditional land mapping and mobile mapping, it also involves various other disciplines. It offers multiple data formats to provide the exact data you need.

Applications and Benefits of a Geospatial Survey


The multi-dimensional nature of geospatial surveying means its application is endless. It is extremely beneficial in many different contexts and is used to assist with the following:

  • Infrastructure management and development
  • Land management and reform
  • Urban and regional planning

Currently, the only limitation to geographical surveying is the rate at which technology is developing. While there is great software available such as ArcGIS that assists with mapping and analysis, there is still opportunity for innovation.


The benefits of geospatial surveying are endless. From sophisticated technology like ArcGIS to its well-rounded mobile mapping, this discipline enables surveyors to streamline their workflow in a project.

This ultimately leads to far better decision making and more accurate records. As a result, it enables surveyors to provide an all-around better service to clients. At C&A Surveyors, we use GIS to provide highly accurate surveys for your land parcel.

GIS and Surveying: How They Work Together

While Geographic Information Systems and surveying fulfil different purposes, they are two complementary systems. GIS provides the perfect platform for systems integration while land surveys are a means of canvassing a particular environment and its data. By utilising both systems effectively, we guarantee that our client’s land survey needs are fulfilled.

It’s clear these two typographical methods are not in competition. But, how do they work together?

While Geographic Information Systems and surveying are both precise, they bring two types of precision to land survey projects.

For example, a Geographic Information System provides precise measurements and the precise area of individual typographic areas.

This is the perfect complement to land surveying, which is less accurate at measuring the horizontal coordinates of typographic areas. However, surveying works well at placing features in relation to other locations, which GIS is unable to do.

When used in conjunction, these two methods provide highly accurate services for our clients. Plus, when used together, the applications of GIS and surveying are endless. Some of these include:

By utilising two systems that guarantee the accuracy of topographic surveys, our clients are always able to make informed decisions about their large scale projects.

The Advantages of GIS in Surveying

GIS does not only help to analyse, manage and display geographical data collected. It has various other advantages that help to optimise how we use spatial information. For example, a Geographic Information System provides answers to most questions by presenting data simply.

This system enables our specialists to search for information on specific geographical areas, edit that information and create maps, charts, and reports to produce a visual report to our clients.

Some other advantages that assist with any type of land survey include:

  • Improved decision making as reports and forms reflect accurate and detailed information about a specific survey.
  • Reduces costs of a project and therefore increases efficiency.
  • It encourages better communication between all parties involved in the survey. This is because the visual reports are easy to understand.
  • Enables easy record keeping of survey information.
  • Promotes geographical management of an area under survey.

Contact Us For GIS Surveys

If you are in search of geospatial services, we have all the necessary knowledge and tools to assist with any job. Using the latest software, our team is able to provide top-class services to our clients.

At C&A Surveyors, we have years of experience in carrying out all topographic surveys and connecting maps and data for easy analysis. No job is beyond our expertise. Contact our office today for expert GIS surveying services.

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