If you are attempting to implement a civil engineering project, you know that it will require a number of important steps to take the plans from the blueprint stage to reality. One of the most important parts of land surveying in Idaho is construction staking, which happens prior to construction. But what exactly is construction staking? It’s vital that you understand its process and importance in order to have your construction project go as smoothly as possible.
What is construction staking?
Construction staking services are an essential part of land surveying in Idaho. It is the process of staking the property on which a construction project is being implemented to provide reference points and a true-to-life map of the project. Stakes might be placed to indicate underground sewer piping, the walls of buildings or walkways and driveways on the site. Different stakes might also represent the different elements of the construction project.
First, the land surveying team will receive copies of the project plan. Then, they will place stakes in the ground to perfectly match up with the plan’s dimensions and include all elements. When finished, the stakes should be an on-site replica of the blueprints representing the project.
There are two different types of construction staking. The first, rough grade staking, is done to identify the rough locations of project elements and to note the elevation of those elements. Once this type of staking is completed, a grading contractor can complete their work adding or removing elevation from areas on the site as needed.
The second type of staking is site layout staking, which is a much more precise process. Site layout staking creates the final placement of all project elements and prepares the project site for construction.
The importance of construction staking
It is absolutely vital to a construction project that construction staking be done as accurately as possible in order to prevent problems down the road. Incorrect staking can push back the timeline of a project, increase the budget and require a lot of effort to fix once the project moves into the construction phase. Proper construction staking will ensure that the project is built free of errors.
Conducting construction staking before actual construction also acts as a fail-safe for the builders and engineers. During the staking process, it is easy to identify any potential errors with the project. For example, while in the construction staking phase, a construction manager can physically see that a portion of a building is too close to a property boundary line or does not allow enough room for a walkway. It is much easier to rectify problems like this during the staking phase rather than attempting to fix them after construction is underway.
Rely on professionals for construction staking
If you are looking for professionals to complete your civil engineering project, contact Mason & Stanfield, Inc. We provide construction staking services for buildings, water and sewer systems, highways and much more. Land surveying in Idaho is crucial for the success of your project, so let us deliver the quality services your project requires!