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R.G.Bennett Surveying Ltd. is a cadastral survey practice doing legal, engineering, control and topographic surveys for a variety of clients including individuals, local builders, developers and the legal community in the Eastern Ontario area.

The objective of R.G. Bennett Surveying Ltd. is to follow "the golden rule" by treating both clients and co-workers with respect and honesty, and to serve the public by providing the highest level of customer service, accuracy and integrity.

Grant Bennett provides personal, knowledgeable service to clients in all areas of land surveying. He is personally involved in each aspect of all surveys done at R.G. Bennett Surveying Ltd., including research, fieldwork, calculations, plotting, checking and all reporting for each job.

All survey plans created by R.G.Bennett Surveying Ltd. are generated on AutoCad.

Types of Survey Services Provided


The majority of the surveying done by R.G. Bennett surveying Ltd. is legal or cadastral surveying.

Cadastral surveying refers to the legal boundaries of existing and newly created units of land suitable to define and meet requirements for definition of the parcel limits.

In general there are two common types of cadastral surveys:

  • a boundary only survey referred to as a Reference Plan or R-Plan, is used to graphically define the legal limits of the land parcel, and show any existing easements or right-of-ways .
  • a survey which shows the improvements to or structures on a parcel of land, which would include dwellings, garages, out-buildings, swimming pools, easements (both registered and non-registered), fences, hedges, etc., is referred to as a Surveyor's Real Property Report or SRPR.


Engineering Surveys are those which are made to show location of physical features on a plan to be used for engineering a project.

Similar to topographic surveys, the engineering surveys will show existing roads, curbs, manholes, catch basins, and buildings.

Engineering surveys may also involve the "laying out" of new features and their relationship to existing structures.


Control Surveys consist of two parts: the first being horizontal control and the second being vertical control.

The control survey established the position of specific points which will serve as a skeleton for locating the details of objects and physical features of the subject property.


Again, used mainly for design purposes, topographic surveys will usually show the existing and man-made features on a particular parcel of land with some overlap onto the adjacent properties.

On a topographic plan, spot elevations or contour lines are typically shown to help indicate the three dimensional aspect of the property.

The process of land surveying is long and complicated. It involves a great deal of research, specialized equipment, technical and professional knowledge to produce the end product.

A Survey From Start to Finish


Research involves finding and examining existing records for the subject property and those adjacent to it. These records are obtained from within the office of R.G.Bennett Surveying Ltd. as well as from the offices of other land surveyors. Records are also researched in the appropriate Land Registry Office, Municipal Offices, and Provincial Government Offices.

Although research can be very time consuming and disbursements quite costly, research is very necessary in order that the survey be accurately and properly completed.


Fieldwork involves the measurement and recording of information and details particular to the subject property.

Information is measured and recorded both manually and electronically on the property using specialized survey equipment.


During the fieldwork time, many calculations can be performed with the use of hand held computers and data collecting equipment.

Office calculations will verify the fieldwork and prepare the calculated information for drafting or "plotting" the plan.


Following the computation of the fieldwork data, the information can be plotted using computers. From this plotted information, a plan or map is generated using Auto Cad.


Once the plotting is completed, all work is rechecked. This includes every step of the process from research to the final plot of the survey plan.

Revisions are common before the final presentation format of the survey plan is plotted.


Upon the completion of the survey plan, reporting is done to the client.

Reporting includes delivering to the client official copies of the plans, a reporting letter indicating any concerns the surveyor may have with regard to the subject property, a final invoice, and possibly a meeting with the client to discuss any concerns with the survey of their property.

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