A desktop survey, like the name implies, is done entirely from the office prior to initial site investigations. This type of survey can be done to provide an overview of the site or focus on specific environmental impacts as part of preliminary planning.
While a desktop study may not be enough to determine a project’s feasibility, it can help to mitigate risk and reduce field scouting time as the route/site concerns are narrowed down earlier in the process. Through collaborative planning sessions, clients can leverage our surveyors’ extensive knowledge regarding topographic, environmental and regulatory concerns.
Key stakeholders are involved in planning well sites, plant sites, pipelines, access roads, and other infrastructure with a wide range of spatial data relevant to the planning process. This prevents unexpected surprises in the design and construction and allows forecasting to be done more accurately.
Desktop studies help our client realize cost savings and operational efficiencies as projects progress. Depending on the nature of the project, studies may include current and historical aerial photographs, historical land titles, permits, environmental licenses, previous topographic maps and records, previous site plans, groundwater assessments, and registers of contaminated land. Once the relevant data is compiled and assessed, we work with you to ensure that your route alignment or site selection are optimal and identify areas where further investigation or field surveys may be needed.