Surveying is the method and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional space position of points and the distances and angles between them on the surface of the Earth. These points are usually used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes. Surveying is based on the elements of geometry, engineering, trigonometry, mathematics, physics, and law. The fundamental concepts of surveying have not changed since the Egyptians laid out the pyramids with simple geometry. Our nations greatest leaders started their careers as surveyors. Many people do not realize that three of the four presidents enshrined on Mt. Rushmore are surveyors.
Property and easement descriptions can be very confusing when connecting the written words and intent with the evidence found on the ground. We are experts at the complex task of interpreting legal descriptions, applying the historical record, finding physical evidence and applying a rigorous mathematical solution. Each parcel of property has a unique description that depends on a certain set of controlling monumentation. We can unravel conflicting descriptions and apply established rules of law. We can advise when “deeded rights” may conflict with “occupied rights”. We can work with your attorney to provide maps and descriptions that will protect your rights.
Dividing your property, whether it is for a relative or to maximize your investment return, can be a daunting task. The most important part of the process is to accurately describe the new parcels, and mark those divisions on the ground by a surveyor. May & Associates, Inc. can assist you every step of the way. We can help you choose the best layout that meet the zoning and division rules that fit your requirements and goals. We can examine existing easements, utility requirements and environmental concerns. We can prepare proposed drawings for municipal approvals and prepare division applications. We will mark the parcels on the ground, prepare property and easement descriptions and maps for you to convey the property.
An ALTA/ACSM survey is a standard developed by the American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Often known as a ALTA survey, it is a survey that connects a specific title policy, and the elements contained within that policy to the boundary lines, easements, and physical manmade objects on the ground. ALTA surveys are usually part of a real estate or refinance transaction. We are experienced ALTA/ACSM surveyors that understand the time constraints that are normal for complex real estate transactions. Whether you are an attorney, real estate professional, developer or other interested party, we will help you understand how title elements affect the subject property.
Considering construction? Let May & Associates, Inc. help you develop your site. Our trucks are loaded with the latest in modern data collection equipment and our crews are experienced professionals with an eye for topography. We can collect, organize, map and build an accurate base map for all of your designing needs. We utilize Autodesk Land Development Desktop and can provide you with the drawings electronically in practically any format.
Construction Staking and Layout
Modern construction methods and materials demand accurate and timely stakeout to meet constrained project completion dates. May & Associates can provide you with exceptional service for your construction projects. We are highly experienced at staking roads, buildings, utilities, bridges and other improvements. We only use high quality oak for our stakes and long lasting permanent markers. We will develop a plan to meet your construction schedule and method of construction. We can assist in tracking construction quantities and provide detailed as-built drawings when the project is complete.
Are you a prime contractor or engineer on an airport expansion? Let May & Associates, Inc. help you develop your projects. We are very experienced in airport surveys. Our personnel are versed in radio communications and operating within the airport. We have performed data collection and construction staking on both small and large carrier airports in Michigan. We can provide control and stakeout for navigation projects, obstruction surveys, tree surveys, pavement crack monitoring analysis, property accusations, shadow surveys, height modernization and environmental monitoring.
Subdivision and Condominium Development
May & Associates, Inc. can assist you with the development of subdivisions regulated under PA 288 and site condominiums regulated under PA 59. We can assist in the initial planning, environmental considerations, lot layout, road design, and utility design.
Mortgage Inspection Reports
Timely mortgage inspection reports are critical for the evaluation of mortgage transactions. May & Associates provides mortgage professionals with a on-the-ground interpretation of the legal description and potential encroachment issues. A graphical representation of a subject property’s improvements and the relationship to easements and property lines will help evaluate the risk associated with a mortgage. Our extensive historical survey records help us to provide a quick turnaround time on mortgage reports.