Surveying for Land Development

Land development requires the expertise of many professionals, including attorneys, architects, civil engineers, environmental and geotechnical consultants.

It also requires land surveying expertise.

For more than three decades, Compass Surveying has provided expert professional land surveying, topographic surveys and construction staking services for many types of projects including:

  • Site Development
  • Industrial | Warehouse
  • Residential
  • Commercial | Retail
  • Environmental
  • Energy Distribution & Transmission
  • Highways | Roadways
  • Parks | Recreation
  • Health | Medical
  • Educational | Institutional

At Compass, teamwork is one of our highly developed skills. We work closely with your engineers and designers, legal and title professionals, and contractors to keep your project moving forward. We understand what services are needed and more importantly, when they are needed, and provide our services on time and within budget.

Land Development Phases

There are two distinct phases for land development projects: the pre-development (or design) phase and the construction phase. We provide comprehensive surveying services throughout each phase.

Pre Development Phase

Accurate property line, utility, topographic and site information is critical for the planning and design phase of your project – and no firm understands that better than Compass Surveying.

Our approach to pre-development services is based upon exceptional teamwork with each project’s engineering, design, legal and title professionals and a keen awareness and understanding of our clients’ needs, budgets and schedules.

We view ourselves as the “eyes” of the project engineer and owner and take this job seriously by providing detailed, accurate measurements, survey data and documents, supplemented by digital images of improvements and complex man-made structures as needed.

Our veteran field and office technicians use the most advanced technologies available, including laser scanning, RTK GPS and Trimble Robotic Total Stations for maximum productivity and efficiency.


  • Acreage Calculations
  • ALTA | Boundary Surveys
  • Annexation Plats
  • Consolidation Plats
  • Dedication Plats | Vacations
  • Easement Grant | Vacations
  • Floodway Mapping
  • Legal Descriptions
  • Roadway Cross – Sections
  • Subdivisions | Resubdivision
  • Topography
  • Tree Surveys
  • Utility Mapping
  • Wetland Mapping
  • Zoning Plats

Construction Phase

Responsive and accurate staking services are critical for the construction phase of your project – and no firm understands that better than Compass Surveying.

Our veteran field technicians use Trimble RTK GPS and Trimble Robotic Total Stations and data collectors for all their staking and layout work for maximum productivity and efficiency.

In addition, our support staff possesses a solid background in mathematics, measurements, and plan interpretation to respond to issues that may arise during the construction process and eliminate potential design issues prior to construction.

Clients trust our accurate and responsive construction survey services – in some cases the next day – for their project’s success. Quality and accuracy are our hallmarks.


  • Acreage | Volumes
  • Anchor Bolt Surveys
  • As-Built |Record Drawings
  • Benchmarks
  • Borings
  • Building Column Layout
  • Curb & Gutter Staking
  • Foundation Staking
  • Foundation Surveys
  • Grade Stakes
  • 3D Laser Scanning
  • Monitoring | Settlement Surveys
  • Property Line Staking
  • Roadway Staking
  • Site Control |Layout
  • Silt Fence Staking
  • Utility Staking

Whether your project is a one acre commercial site, a complicated warehouse project, or a 100 acre subdivision, you can count on Compass to get the job done.

Contact us at 630-820-9100 for a lump sum fee or not to exceed budget for your land development or view some of our recent projects here.


“With Compass as our outsourced surveying company, we get consistent, clean surveys that are customized to our needs and provide a valuable basis for the designs that we in turn produce for our clients. They have an efficient and large enough team of surveyors to support our needs and we appreciate the collaborative way they do business with us. We know they will honor our deadlines, work with integrity and get it done right the first time. I like to remind our engineers that we need to be treating clients the way Compass treats us!”

Scott W., P.E., National Civil Engineering firm

”Compass delivers a surveying foundation for our civil engineering design. This foundation provides us with the data that makes it easier for us to do our design work, for agencies to review, for contractors to prepare a bid, and to provide clients with the most concise plans to work from. Because of the depth of content and detail in their surveys, Compass assists us in producing more accurate designs. I’ve used them at several different firms because they can always send a crew for us, even on short notice, and their crews are always conscientious and collaborative. They know what we need and they provide it!”

–Bill Z., P.E., Partner, Civil Engineering firm

“Compass is a dependable partner that is as invested in our clients as I am. They understand the big picture and have a sense of urgency in helping our clients get their projects approved. With Compass handling the surveying, I can focus on my business with the certainty that I will receive accurate, reliable deliverables from them on time and on budget.”

Eric M., P.E., Principal, Civil Engineering firm

“Compass is conscientious about their work and providing accurate and thorough surveys. They ask all the right questions up front and work well with difficult schedules.”

Dave B., National A / E firm

“Compass is responsive and provides a high level of service in both pre-design and construction phase services. They have some very senior staff that is good at helping avoid issues on-site before construction is initiated.”

Byron W., Midwest A / E firm

“I see Compass as the go-to expert for virtually any land use or development issue. They know their business, and they know ours, and that’s an invaluable combination that saves everyone time and money.”

Martin J, Real estate advisory and investment firm

“We’ve used other survey firms – but Compass is by far the best!  In fact, we now require our general contractors to use them for surveying on all phases of our projects because they understand engineering plans, hit our schedules and respond to staking issues that arise during construction, protecting us from costly mistakes.  Compass is like a legal counsel throughout our development process, with an outstanding knowledge of surveying and engineering, platting and subdividing and valuable insight for the record drawings after construction. Their topo and ALTA surveys are consistently accurate, which eliminates change orders and extra fees. Everyone in the field and the office has a positive energy about doing the right thing. They aren’t just our surveyor-they’re part of our team and we know we can count on them to support us for all of our projects.” 

Dan A., Commercial Real Estate Developer

The Compass Advantage

  • Over three decades of diverse land surveying experience
  • Unparalleled reputation for accurate, high quality survey work
  • Trusted land boundary consultant for attorneys and title companies
  • Trusted outsource partner for civil engineers
  • Both public and private sector experience
  • Reputation for meeting demanding schedules and deadliness
  • Lump sum or not to exceed pricing for every project