Land Surveying Technology Could Help Restore the Notre Dame Cathedral to its Former Glory

Land Surveying Technology Could Help Restore the Notre Dame Cathedral to its Former Glory

Notre-Dame de Paris, with its famous Rose windows and flying buttresses, was nearly destroyed by a fire on the evening of Monday, April 15, 2019. The fire appears to have started high in the roof space. and quickly spread to other parts of the structure. The oak lattice woodwork that framed the roof dated back to the 13th century. The fire eventually caused the cathedral’s iconic spire to collapse.  President Emmanuel Macron was quoted saying ‘”Notre Dame is our history, it’s our literature, it’s our imagery. It’s the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations” and he has pledged to rebuild the structure.

Notre Dame Fire

Years before this tragedy, there was an architectural historian named Andrew Tallon who utilized sophisticated technology to create a three-dimensional model of Notre Dame. This technology, called laser scanning, was initially created in the 1960s and has become a large segment of the Land surveying industry today. In 2010, Tallon took a Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner inside of Notre Dome and began the painstaking task of scanning every part of the structure, inside and out. It took over five days and repositioning the scanner more than 50 times to capture this invaluable record of the Gothic Structure. Many people believe that this data will aid in bringing back the famed cathedral to its former glory.




Why does the Survey company need a copy of my Title Report?

Why does the Survey company need a copy of my Title Report?

Every proposal for a Boundary related survey that we prepare includes the following scope item:

“Perform a Boundary Survey in accordance with a Title Report (supplied by client) or deeds and plans of record.”

You might think, “I’m only building a pool, why is the survey company asking for a copy of my Title Report?” As you may know, one part of buying real estate is dealing with potential issues created by its previous owners. When it comes to title issues, a Title Insurance Policy is one of the conventional methods for protecting yourself against the problems of the previous owner that might come back and harm you. Lenders often require Title Insurance, and you should receive a copy of the report at settlement.

A Title Report is a document that a title insurer prepares which details ownership and the burdens or benefits recorded against the property, such as liens, encroachments, or easements. If provided, the survey company can review this document and use several portions of the document to aid them in performing the survey.

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Here are the sections we utilize the most:

Schedule A.

  • Provides the buyer and the current owner names – knowing who currently owns the property can aide in the deed research that needs to be performed by the surveying company.
  • Provides the legal description – this is also commonly known as the property description. Typically, a metes and bounds description, a Lot number and Subdivision name are referenced. This is the source of title and is a key component to performing a survey.

Schedule B Section II.

  • Lists the Subdivision Plan – this is another confirmation of the data that can be used to find, identify, and locate the subdivision plan. Frequently, the covenants and restrictions of a subdivision are also listed in this area.
  • Lists the Exceptions to Insurance – if any agreements (such as rights-of-way or easements) had been made between past or present owners of the property and any other entity (such as a neighbor or utility company), and the document was recorded, then it will be listed in this area. Survey related items could then be shown on the survey drawing.

Many Deeds, if not most, do not reference all the easements that burden a property. On the contrary, a Title Report does, and it is this fact that provides the greatest value to the surveyor. While a Title Report isn’t necessary to complete a simple boundary survey, it certainly provides a more complete picture of the property. So, why do we ask for a copy of your Title Report? Simply put, it is to provide you, the client, with the most comprehensive survey product possible.

The Information provided, herein, should not be considered legal advice and all buyers, agents and title companies should consult their attorneys for legal advice.