ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
ALTA surveys are used by title insurance companies when they are asked to insure the title to land. Specific state-mandated field procedures must be followed for this insurance and certain specific and pertinent information must also be depicted. In addition to researching original government records, public records at the County Recorder’s office and other federal, state and local agencies, MTC performs research with municipalities and utility companies for locations of existing improvements and provides on-site meetings with J.U.L.I.E. representatives.
A boundary survey is important before purchasing, subdividing, improving or building on land. It provides accurate delineation of the property lines of the land in question and indicates any easements or encroachments that show limitations imposed on the property by state or local regulations. The boundary survey ensures the avoidance of the expense and irritation of defending a lawsuit, moving a building or resolving a boundary dispute in the future.
MTC performs topographic surveying and mapping to identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features on the surface of the earth or slightly above or below the earth’s surface – for example trees, buildings, streets, walkways, manholes, utility poles and retaining walls) for both private and public sectors. MTC carries out research with municipalities and utility companies for locations of existing improvements and provides on-site meetings with J.U.L.I.E. representatives.
Prior to lots being offered for sale within a subdivision, the land must be subdivided. By Illinois State Statute, only professional land surveyors may perform this task. MTC generates coordinate geometry using many different criteria such as the product intended for sale; specific regulatory requirements based on zoning, annexation or development agreements; and the concept plan. This is used to generate the Plat of Subdivision, a legal document that serves as the basis for the title to the lots being sold.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.
GPS is used by MTC in one of its primary roles of finding the boundary of a person’s property and describing it in legal terms, thus creating legal documents so the property owner possesses a legal description of what land he owns.
MTC performs construction layout services for many of the top builders in the Chicagoland area. Our services include mass grading, sewer and watermain staking; curb and gutter and roadway improvements; staking for public utilities; and as-built surveys for verification and municipal acceptance.