ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
Insuring title to property demands the utmost from a land survey. Title insurance and abstracting companies rely heavily on the accuracy and completeness of land title surveys. For a survey of real property to be acceptable to a title insurance company for the purpose of insuring title, certain specific information must be clearly and accurately presented.
In order to ensure uniformity of product and a consistent level of quality across the surveying industry, The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the American Congress on Surveying & Mapping (ACSM), working with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), jointly publish the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.” In order to be recognized as an “ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey” a survey must meet this high standard for accuracy, content, and format.
At minimum, an ALTA Survey will include the following geophysical and textual information:
- Legal description of the property
- Boundaries of the parcel(s)
- Locations and descriptions of monuments, property corners, etc.
- Dimensions of all buildings on the property
- Locations and dimensions of any easements
- Potential encroachments
- Locations of abutting right-of-ways
An ALTA Survey may optionally include additional information requested by the client, such as:
- Identification of adjoining properties
- Flood zone classification
- Land and building square footage
- Building setback requirements and other zoning information
- Building heights
- Surface elevations and contours
- Locations and descriptions of utilities
- Various types of improvements on the property
- Other optional information as arranged with the client
Great Lakes Geomatics has extensive experience in producing ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys for government, private, and commercial clients. GLG has produced ALTA Surveys of a great variety of properties across Southeast Michigan, including many major landmarks in the City of Detroit and the surrounding area.
We were responsible for providing topographic as well as an extensive subsurface utility survey for the approximately 55 acre portion of Downtown Detroit known as Campus Martius for infrastructure redesign as well as future development.ht
In addition we established right-of-way locations for 14 blocks within Campus Martius, prepared Condominium Documents for the “New” Kennedy Square, and provided easement documents for the preservation of existing utilities and for future installations.
Throughout the project, we used 3D laser scanning for the topographic as well as for historic documentation of the existing conditions. Our team was also responsible for the re-establishment of the Point of Origin for the City of Detroit.
Declared a State of Michigan Historic Site in 1975, Tiger Stadium, “at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull,” was the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team from 1912 to 1999.
Prior to its demolition in 2009, our team created a 70GB digital laser scan database of the entire structure, along with an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey. Over 300 individual laser scans produced over 50 million data points of this facility. Future work will include creating a 3D model to completely document this historical Detroit landmark that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
GREAT LAKES GEOMATICS can support your project with complete land surveying and laser scanning services.
Call us today at (586) 755-5770.