What Is a GPS Survey?

Jun 4, 2024 | GPS Survey

In modern surveying, the advancement of technology plays a crucial role in enhancing accuracy and improving techniques used in the field. One such pivotal innovation is the GPS survey, which has revolutionized traditional surveying. For anyone embarking on a new project, it is essential to comprehend what a GPS land survey involves and how it stands apart from traditional surveying techniques.


GPS Survey: What Is It and How Does It Work?

GPS surveying employs the Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine precise locations on Earth. This method allows for collecting and analyzing geographical data with high accuracy and efficiency. Unlike traditional Oklahoma land surveying, which often requires physical markers and manual measurements, GPS surveying utilizes sophisticated satellite technology to gather spatial information in a fraction of the time.

The core components of GPS land surveys include:

  • GPS Satellites. These orbit the Earth and are fundamental for transmitting location signals.
  • GPS Receivers. Surveyors use receivers on the ground that pick up signals from the satellites to calculate the precise location of each receiver.
  • Data Processing Software. After collecting data, specialized software is used to process and interpret the information accurately.

During a GPS land survey, a surveyor collects multiple measurements. They can record the exact longitudinal and latitudinal location of the receiver, as well as its height. Likewise, the surveyor may be able to record the receiver’s velocity, speed, and time synchronization if it is moving.


How Can GPS Land Surveys Be Used?

GPS land surveys can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Land Development. GPS data can help engineers, land planners, and other professionals determine the best ways to develop a property.
  • Construction. The data provided by a GPS survey can be used to help determine the best places for proposed buildings and other structures to be located.
  • Site Analysis. Land surveyors can provide this critical data with a GPS land survey to help analyze a property to determine its suitability for a project and assess potential issues.


GPS Surveying vs. Traditional Surveying

Surveying is an age-old profession that has evolved from using simple tools to sophisticated technology. As such, here is how GPS surveying compares to traditional methods:



Unlike traditional Oklahoma land surveying methods, which may require extensive time in the field taking manual measurements, GPS surveying allows for rapid data collection. This means larger areas can be surveyed in a shorter period.



While traditional methods can be highly accurate, GPS technology provides an unmatched level of accuracy due to its utilization of satellite signals.



Traditional methods can be heavily affected by environmental conditions like weather or visibility issues. GPS surveying is less impacted by such conditions, although it does require a clear line of sight to the sky for satellite signals.



Traditional surveying often relies entirely on physical tools such as theodolites and tape measures. In contrast, GPS surveying uses sophisticated satellite technology throughout the surveying process.



GPS surveying is generally a more cost-effective option than traditional methods, as its high level of accuracy may save money, additional labor, and time down the line. However, the cost of any surveying service depends on the surveying company you partner with and the scope of your project, so be sure to discuss this before the project begins.


Technological Integration

GPS data can be seamlessly integrated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other data management tools, enhancing the utility of the survey data for analysis and decision-making.


Reap the Benefits of Advanced Oklahoma Land Surveying Technology

Sisemore & Associates Team

GPS surveying is not just a tool but a transformative approach that enhances how land surveyors understand and interact with the physical world. As technology progresses, surveyors will continue to adopt and innovate, ensuring that their techniques remain at the forefront of surveying standards.

At Sisemore & Associates, our surveying expertise encompasses using state-of-the-art GPS tools to deliver precise and reliable results. If you would like to start a project with us, please reach out. We would love to help your project succeed.