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How do I read my survey plan?

Your survey plan has been prepared by TerraModus Surveying in accordance with the current surveying legislation and guidelines. The plan displays the purpose of the survey and the intended actions of the lot/s of land, such as a land subdivision. The plan is a legal document representing the field survey performed and administrative details associated with the parcel of land.

The terminology and abbreviations used can make survey plans difficult to interpret.

What does the survey plan (SP) show?

The survey plan shows the boundaries of the lot/s and other titling interests (such as easements) in the form of bearings and distances. Distances are represented in metres. An area will also be displayed for each lot or interest. The bold lines represent the subject lot/s being surveyed and the other lines show the extent of the survey and adjoining information. Adjoining information to your lot/s, including lot on plan descriptions and street names, is shown on the survey plan to clearly identify where the parcel lies in Queensland.

I have a copy of an old survey plan but the distances seem incorrect?

It is unlikely the distances are incorrect, but more likely they are represented as an imperial measurement so will need to be converted to a metric measurement. In Queensland most pre-metric survey plans represent distances in links.

Where are the survey marks?

TerraModus Surveying place recognisable survey marks, usually white survey pegs, at each new corner unless it was physically impractical to do so. These survey marks are displayed on the survey plan at each corner or by a statement noted on the plan. An example of such a statement is “Peg placed at all new corners”.

Original survey marks (i.e. recorded on a previous survey plan) are noted on the plan with the abbreviation “O”. For example OP is an original peg and OIP is an original iron pin. Permanent Marks and Reference Marks are placed by surveyors to facilitate future surveys and this information is used by surveyors and available by obtaining survey searches from the Queensland Government. These reference marks are placed near the corner (not at the corner). Common reference marks are Iron Pins, Nails, Drill Holes, and in rural areas blazed trees. Existing fencing is known as occupation and is usually shown as a way of reference to the corner. An example is "Cen RFP 0.1N" means the centre of a round fence post is 0.1 North of the corner. We are happy to provide an information sheet with your survey plan.