Thursday, November 7, 2019

What a Property Survey Is Used For?

Property survey in Bergen County NJ
It is not uncommon to hear about land disputes among members of a community or a colleague or friend reporting that their next-door neighbor is encroaching on their property and they have no idea what to do.
Do any of the scenarios above sound familiar? Have you ever heard anyone complain of these or have you been a victim yourself? If No, then you are in luck because these situations are quite common but if Yes, then there is a way to resolve the issue. Through the use of a property survey.
Do you need to conduct a property survey in Bergen County NJ?
Omland & Osterkorn provides a large variety of Property Survey services for clients in Bergen County NJ.

What is a Property Survey?
A property survey refers to the graphic depiction of a property, much like a map, outlining its legal boundaries and other features. While property surveys typically are not required during real estate transactions, they're extremely useful tools that can clear up a whole lot of confusion immediately and even in the future.
To better understand what a property survey is, let us look at what a property surveyor does as this will help give context to the definition above. A property surveyor is one who will research properties before they look at the land. They will study the history of the deed and may include title search. Searching for this title ensures there is no difference when it comes to land owners. All property surveys begin with a study of legal descriptions of the land, the survey and its history. The surveyor will go outside the plot and outline the land, its boundaries and the various elements that make up your property. After the survey, they will provide a detailed map of the legal boundaries of the property. The survey will also include a written description of the property, street address, location of adjacent buildings and properties, and any improvements the landlord may make to the property or land.
A property survey also contains rights-of-way and easements. These are elements that detail what to do with shared yards or driveways, or if your neighbor has a right of way to the street or alleyway between your homes.
What is a Property Survey Used For?
There are various uses of a property survey however, below are some of the most important uses of a property survey:
·         To mark boundaries: the number one importance of property survey is to mark boundaries and create boundaries. This will help to different your property from your neighbors own. It will also help to ensure you are on the right piece of land and you are not encroaching into government land or other people’s own.
·         Zone Classification: this will help you know if your property is in a house or a light industry. This section of the study reports only about your zoning and classification. After completing the research, it is possible to obtain more advice on the use of the property in accordance with the zoning procedures and other legal advice on the equity of the survey.
·         Improvement: the survey will usually certify that the buildings and other improvements, alterations, and repairs to your property that exist at the time of the survey are not in violation of laws or other restrictions.
To schedule a property survey in Bergen County NJ,
speak to one of our surveyors at 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Elevation Certificate

Omland & Osterkorn is an experienced and accomplished engineering firm that can provide you with an Elevation Certificate in Bergen County NJ.

A Flood Elevation Certificate documents your building’s elevation. If you live in a high-risk flood zone, you will need an Elevation Certificate before you can obtain an accurate flood insurance policy quote. Your insurance agent needs this information to compare your building’s elevation to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), which determines how high the water will rise during a base flood.
Elevation certificates also documents the elevation of your building for the floodplain managers enforcing local building ordinance, and for insurance rating purposes. The need for an elevation certificate is very important if you are living in a high-risk area that is prone to flood which can have disastrous after effects.
How to Get an Elevation Certificate:
If you are starting the process from scratch, check with your local government to raise the profile or certification in your home. If none of these are available, you will need to contract a state-certified surveyor, architect or designer to do the elevation certificate. The cost of the elevation certificate will vary depending on your location and the complexity of the job.
Please Note: An Elevation Certificate does not expire. However, newer Elevation Certificates require additional information that older ones do not offer. In order for an agent to offer you a quote on a high-risk flood policy, you may need to update your Elevation Certificate. Unfortunately, this may require that you again enlist the services of a surveyor or architect to provide that additional information.
When You Need a New Elevation Certificate: If you make substantial changes to your building in a high-risk area—for example, you make an addition to your home or convert the garage to living space—you likely need a new EC to reflect the new building characteristics and Lowest Floor Elevation.
When You Do Not Need a New Elevation Certificate: As long as the structure information on your elevation certificate is accurate, you do not need a new one. If you get an elevation certificate from the previous property owner or have a copy of the one on file with your community, your insurance agent can use the certificate to rate your policy. If your community adopted new FIRMs and your building has not changed, your insurance agent can rate your policy using the information on the old elevation certificate and the FIRM used to rate your policy. However, you might need to provide additional information, such as new photographs of your home or business.
Why you need an Elevation Certificate:
  • To determine the flood insurance policy rates.  Without an Elevation Certificate, your home may not be rated properly and you could be paying unnecessarily high rates. 
  • Rebuilding the structure after a disaster to the proper elevation to protect it in the future.
  • Remodeling a property or raising it to help mitigation future losses from flood disasters.

For more information about elevation certificates in Bergen County NJ, speak to one of our engineers at 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Elevation Certificate Surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Land Surveyors

Are you looking for land surveys in Bergen County NJ?
Omland & Osterkorn provides our clients with a large variety of land surveys in Bergen County NJ.

Who is a Land Surveyor?

Working as a land surveyor is one of the most exciting things in the engineering and real estate fields. However, a lot of people also seem to be confused over what these people do. In this article, we will be providing a detailed explanation of how land surveyors help in real estate development and construction. Surveying

On the face of it, surveying it measurement. Whether it is on land, the sea, or the sky, surveying its mapping out a piece of real estate. So, you really can find surveyors pretty much everywhere; from the deep urban jungles to the heights of the polar regions. The job of a general surveyor is to find, ascertain, and record the lines that mark the boundaries of a piece of property or real estate. Some surveyors start out as explorers, going into new lands and understanding the distinctions between regions. Some begin to work for real estate developers, helping them to divide property into various sectors. In any area that gas been market for development settlement, surveyors will be required to ensure that boundaries are effectively and accurately drawn in order to avoid cases of people trespassing on other peoples' lands or stretching their into some protected areas. The Land Surveyors' Job Description

As we have established earlier, there are various types of surveyors. Land surveyors, however, help to perform measurements that relate to the development of a map of an area. A land surveyor might work in an office, in the field, or combine both, depending on the nature of the task that they will need to undertake. Land surveyors work with field equipment such as theodolites, GPS trackers, and terrestrial scanners. To ensure that their work is foolproof, they take pictures and make calculations. Also, their maps and measurements are done with the use of sophisticated development software. It is also important to note that land surveyors can work for more than just the real estate developers. 

They perform surveys on areas marked as potential mining spots, they help map out routes for building tunnels, and they provide assistant for major construction projects as well. Apart from just measuring land, surveyors could work as consultants for building engineers, architects, and developers. All of these and more are their duties, and in order to carry them out effectively, they will need to keep in touch with appropriate property laws and real estate regulations. Land surveyors also come in various forms:
  1. There are boundary land surveyors, who identify property lines and determine where a construction or real estate project should be situated to avoid disputes
  2. Construction or engineering surveyors find the exact location of buildings and roads, or the proper depth that a foundation will need to go to. These people discover changes in property lines and understand the potential restrictions of a property. They can also help survey road topographies.
  3. Forensic land surveyors account for accident scenes and survey them for their potential landscape effects
  4. Geodetic surveyors record satellite and aerial observations to measure areas on the surface of the Earth
  5. Marine surveyors use water bodies to find shorelines, the depth of water bodies themselves, water topography, and more.
For more information about land surveys in Bergen County NJ, speak to one of our surveyors at 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Source for Land Surveys in Bergen County NJ.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Property Surveyors in Bergen County NJ

Are you looking for property surveyors in Bergen County NJ? Omland & Osterkorn is an engineering and surveying firm staffed by expert title surveyors, boundary surveyors, topographic surveyors and property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

 Whether you need a survey for your home or for your business, our property surveyors in Bergen County NJ have the skills and the tools to get the job done quickly, accurately and within budget. If you need help developing your property after our surveys, Omland & Osterkorn is also a skilled and experienced engineering firm capable of crafting detailed site plans, pool grading plans, and more. 


The work of surveyors is a foundational part of any engineering design or land sale. These surveys can be useful for determining what kinds of architectural or landscaping decisions are possible on a given piece of land as well as resolving legal disputes and defining the terms of a sale. A surveyor can also help clients prevent potential complications in the developmental review process and plan necessary adjustments to help with stormwater management.

To schedule an appointment with property surveyors in Bergen County NJ, call 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Title Surveyors in Bergen County, NJ

Are you looking for title surveyors in Bergen County NJ? Omland & Osterkorn are an accomplished engineering and surveying firm with experienced title surveyors in Bergen County NJ

A title survey is an integral part of determining the utility and value of a piece of land. A title survey is an in-depth evaluation of the considerable factors affecting boundary locations, ownership lines, rights of way, and easements both surrounding and within an area of real estate. The purpose of a title survey is to establish property lines and legal boundaries to define the perimeter of ownership. Title surveys are used to determine the rights and limitations of properties such as residential, commercial, and industrial lots, farms, parks, beaches, roads, waterways, and building sites. 


At Omland & Osterkorn, our professional surveyors have extensive expertise conducting title surveys in Bergen County, NJ. Our firm assists clients in understanding their legal limitations upon purchasing land or property in Bergen County, NJ. Our expert title surveyors utilize the latest technology to map out boundaries and easements to assist buyers, sellers, lenders, attorneys, companies, and title corporations make informed decisions with the most accurate information readily available. We help clients discover the legality of improvements made to the property by the owner, use of the land by third parties such as utility companies for which there are no recorded easements, encroachment by improvements made on adjacent properties, and where legal boundaries conflict with barriers such as walls and fences. If you are looking for an accurate and reliable title survey upon taking ownership of your new property, our title surveyors in Bergen County, NJ can provide you with a professional land title survey to ensure that your property can be utilized as you intended. 

For more information about title surveys in Bergen County NJ, call Omland & Osterkorn speak to one of our title surveyors in Bergen County NJ at 973-647-7820

Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Title surveyors in Bergen County NJ

Monday, April 22, 2019

3D laser scanning in North NJ


Are you looking for 3D laser scanning in North NJ? Omland & Osterkorn, Inc. has been providing 3D laser scanning in North NJ to receive accurate data for buildings, land zones, surveying structures and site information. Our engineers use 3D laser scanning data to help them plan and develop with more accuracy.


What exactly is 3D Laser Scanning?
3D Laser Scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive imaging that digitally captures the shape of objects using a line from a laser beam. By using laser light (LIDAR technology), 3D Laser Scanning captures spatial data which collects the position, shape, and spatial locations of objects. This data is recorded by millions of points, each with an X,Y,Z coordinate, causing the creation what is known in the industry as a "point cloud". The LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology that 3D Laser Scanning uses emits a laser light at an object and analyzes the returns by calculating the time of flight of the beam.

Since the level of detail captured by 3D Laser Scanning is very high, this data gives point coordinates down to millimeter of point spacing, while most topographical surveys collected with GPS and conventional surveying usually give a single point with an XYZ coordinate anywhere from 10-50 feet apart.
3D Laser Scanning is a vital part of the way we gather information on the engineering projects we perform. Our firm has used 3D laser scanning technology to collect accurate measurements to improve highway and road design, to achieve accurate surveys of buildings, industrial plants, bridges and other structures that need detailed information and measurements.

Our use of 3D laser scanning has made collecting data much safer than having our engineer and surveyors producing the necessary data because of some situations might be risky to take accurate measures. By using 3D laser scanning we have surveyed busy street intersections, gathered data on leaning structures and monitored erosion and other imperils that could harm someone who tries to collect information after a natural disaster had occurred in that area.

For more information about laser scanning in North NJ, speak to one of our surveyors at 973-647-7820.

Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Source for Laser Scanning in North NJ.






Monday, March 25, 2019

Engineers in Bergen County, NJ


Are you looking for engineers in Bergen County, NJ? Omland & Osterkorn are certified engineers in Bergen County, NJ with more than two decades of combined experience in structural, mechanical, electrical, construction or other engineering fields of building design and construction. Our firm has work with other engineers and architects for the designing and construction of buildings located in North NJ.


Starting an Engineering Project in Bergen County, NJ
Since structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering, which applications range from a wide variety construction, the foundation for new deployment are important in engineering in Bergen County, NJ. There are many factors we consider when we start planning for designing structures such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, and other developments. Once the design-builder designs a building layout, this is then our firm’s responsibility to determine many factors the building must face, primarily weather patterns during the year (such as snow, wind and heavy rainfall). When we have gathered all this information and data and we will apply this information and decide on what structural systems to use for new buildings and developments located in in Bergen County, NJ. These structural systems include they layout of drainage that consists of steel, concrete, masonry, wood and other materials from which the engineer selects beams, columns, and other materials that make up the building support system. By having this experience and knowledge, our firm will provide a strong platform for the engineering projects that we provide in Bergen County, NJ

Omland & Osterkorn engineers are up to date on the latest engineering technologies including the use of advanced computer operations like Auto CAD Civil 3D, Autodesk HydraFlow and HEC-RAS hydraulic analysis. Our firm is environmentally conscious, and our designs reduce negative environmental impacts through sustainable engineering practices and technologies. Additionally, we are well versed in the use of both manual and robotic survey equipment to ensure more accurate measurements in our property surveys, which lead to great precision in our site plans.

For more information on the engineering services we provide in New Jersey, please contact our office at 973-647-7820.

Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Engineers in Bergen County, NJ.

What a Property Survey Is Used For?

Property survey in Bergen County NJ It is not uncommon to hear about land disputes among members of a community or a colleague or friend r...