Offices in Auckland and Christchurch with projects undertaken nationwide
Survey solutions for the trickiest sites
Our reputation for producing industry-leading plans and digital information, sound advice and exceptional service has led to strong growth. Almost every new client has come to us following a recommendation from others we’ve worked with.
When you entrust your project to us, you can rest assured Envivo surveyors know their stuff. Our surveyors have been part of many significant land development projects in New Zealand and around the world.
Our surveyors hold the following industry accreditations:
RPSurv – Registered Professional Surveyors. By engaging a Registered Professional Surveyor, you can be certain your surveying is being carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced professional, who maintains continued professional development according to the rigorous standards set by the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.
LCS – Licensed Cadastral Surveyors. This licensing confirms our surveyors have a university degree in surveying (B.Surv), extensive post-graduate experience, and have passed professional and land law examinations to demonstrate expertise in cadastral surveying (surveying related to land ownership and property boundaries), planning and land development engineering fields.
This licence is vital as only a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor can legally undertake cadastral surveys to redefine boundaries and prepare the legal plans necessary for the issue of new titles. Read more about Redef (redefinition surveys)
MNZIS – Members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors: Consultants Division. Belonging to this group allows our surveyors to trade information and ideas with colleagues, ensuring we always work to industry best practice and our ethics are beyond reproach.
Our team of surveyors can provide an extensive range of services, including Building and Construction, Infrastructure/GIS, Subdivisions. For examples of projects we’ve done recently click here.
Detailed below are our areas of expertise, surveying services and what they involve.
To discuss your project, and how we can help, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
This is a survey of the spatial features and contours of a site. We produce a richly detailed plan showing buildings, paved areas, services, spot heights, contours, legal boundaries, trees and tree drip lines. This information becomes the first “building block” for a subdivision or an architectural design. Read more click here.
Our survey team can redefine your section by pegging the corners of the site. Pegs can also be placed along the boundary line or offset if required. Talk to our surveyors to discuss your specific requirements for a Cadastral Survey. Click here to read more.
Height to Boundary Checks and Certification (Spatial Compliance)
Councils often require a Registered Professional Surveyor to check that buildings comply with their height to boundary, maximum height and yard requirements. We will provide you with certification, following confirmation of compliance. Click here for a project example.
Construction Setout Survey
This type of survey involves visiting the site and accurately marking the position of buildings or other items in terms of the legal boundaries.
We can also produce a certificate to satisfy the council.
Earthworks Volume Calculations
We can survey the ground form before, during and after earthworks. We utilise advanced software to accurately calculate earthworks volumes. We can help with volume calculations for stock takes too. Click here to read about Golden Bay Cement’s silo survey and click here for quarry surveying.
Deformation and Movement Monitoring
Using high precision measurement instruments, we can detect very small movements and deformation in structures and landforms. Read more about the Geyser Building Project. and click here to read about the Library Lane development.
GPS or global positioning system is a survey measurement tool that utilises radio signals from orbiting satellites to obtain 3D positions. We use survey grade Leica Viva GNSS systems. These systems now work with Glonass (Russian) satellites as well as the American GPS; the total system is now called GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Click here to read a project example or see our projects page for a selection of stories on jobs we’ve done.
An as-built survey captures the 3D position and description of infrastructure and structures after (or during) construction, with plans and digital information prepared to Council standards. Click here to read a project example.
Asset Capture Survey
This type of survey is commonly carried out for organisations that manage large infrastructure such as councils and utility providers. It involves the capture of 3D position and metadata for GIS and record purposes. Click here to read a project example or see our projects page for a selection of jobs we’ve undertaken.
Subdivision Feasibility Study
A study of relevant information is carried out to determine the feasibility of subdivision of a property. A report will be prepared outlining relevant issues and constraints. Click here to read more, click here for a project example for a four-unit subdivision and a 15 unit subdivision
We can prepare and obtain subdivision consents, landuse consents, engineering approvals, drainage building consents, and right of way consents. We also do observation of engineering consents. Click here for an example of a commercial building resource consent. Click here for an example of a residential renovation resource consent and click here for an example of an apartment block resource consent.
Land Transfer Survey
This involves the pegging of the boundaries and producing various reports, calculations and plans that make up the Cadastral Survey Dataset. This work must be to LINZ e-survey standards and can only be carried out by Licensed Cadastral Surveyors. Click here to read a project example.
Unit Titles are a form of strata subdivision, generally around a completed building, undertaken in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991 and Unit Titles Act 2010. Click here for a project example.
Boundary Relocation/Adjustment Survey
If you want to move the boundary between neighbouring properties, a simplified subdivision process can be undertaken to formalise the adjustment.
Cross Lease Titles
This form of subdivision was most common during the 1980s and 1990s as it provided the most economic means of achieving separate titles for residential in-fill.
New cross lease subdivision is rare today, as most District Plans may offer a more flexible approach to subdivision.
However, we are frequently engaged to undertake correction or rectifications of cross lease titles (see below) or second stage developments where the existing owners are locked in to this form of title. We can convert your cross lease to freehold and help rectify deficient cross lease titles Click here to read more.
Cross Lease Update/Rectification Survey
Cross lease areas are usually defined by the building’s footprint whilst the exclusive use (land covenants) or common areas are defined by measurement from boundaries or physical features.
If the lease area changes, i.e. following additions to the building, then an update or rectification survey is required to update the cross lease title. Click here to read Is Your Cross Lease Title Deficient?
We’ve tried to cover the most common questions regarding surveying below. However, every job is unique, so please feel free to call our friendly team of experts for more in-depth answers to any questions you may have.
I’m about to build a house, what survey do I need and how long will it take?
An Architectural Site Survey ensures your architect has the right information to work with, so you can relax knowing that the construction of your new building will comply with Council’s rules. The field work usually takes 1-2 days of site work and another 1-2 days of processing. Click here for a project example of a survey undertaken on a newly subdivided site.
I want to build a fence, how do I find my boundaries?
Only a Registered Professional Surveyor can reliably locate and re-peg your boundaries. Click here to read more about checking your boundaries and click here to read more about a redefinition survey (redef).
I’m fencing my boundary – do I have to get the pegs located by a surveyor?
It is prudent to have your boundaries pegged before fencing, as it can save on later disputes with your neighbours or future neighbours… remember the adage ‘measure twice and cut once’. Click here to read more about boundaries and fencelines.
I have found my pegs – can I rely on them?
The only way to ensure your pegs are reliable is to have them checked by a Registered Professional Surveyor, as it is very common for pegs to have been moved or incorrectly identified.
Do I have to fence my boundary?
Every situation is unique. We recommend you seek legal advice with respect to this issue.
How do I subdivide my land?
The first step is to discuss your requirements with a Registered Professional Surveyor. Contact us, and we’ll help you achieve your required outcomes.
What is a limited title and what does ‘Limited as to Parcels’ mean?
In New Zealand, the ownership of land described on a Certificate of Title is guaranteed by the government, however this guarantee does not extend to the boundary dimensions or areas. On some old titles, most commonly found in the heritage inner city suburbs or rural areas, a Certificate of Title may be endorsed “Limited as to Parcels”.
This notation is a warning that indicates that the area and boundary dimensions shown on the diagram attached to the certificate of title or described within the text cannot be relied upon.
In order to confirm the area and boundary dimensions a specialist Removal of Limitations Survey needs to be undertaken that ultimately will result in the issue of a new certificate of title that’s free from this endorsement. Click here to read more.
Who are LINZ?
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) holds the official records on land parcels, surveys, land ownership, topographic maps and nautical charts. www.linz.govt.nz/home/index.html
What is a cross lease title?
Cross lease titles are based on undivided ownership of the underlying land and then reciprocal leases (cross leases) between the parties for the area that the buildings occupy. Exclusive use covenant areas are also utilised to define those areas that can be used by one or other party or jointly (common areas).
I have a cross lease title – can I convert it to freehold?
For most properties this is a viable option as long as all landowners are in agreement. Please call us to discuss your requirements with our team.
Do you use GPS?
Yes, GPS is extremely helpful in some situations. We own Leica Viva GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) equipment, which delivers fantastic precision and productivity.
Will you use GPS on my job?
GPS is a great tool in certain conditions, such as when there are few trees, buildings and other obstructions between the GPS unit and the satellites. If the conditions aren’t favourable, there are more effective tools we can use. Our surveyors will choose the best state-of-the-art equipment and methodology to ensure your survey is carried out in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
GPS or GNSS?
The American GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is called GPS, the Russian system is called Glonass. The Europeans are developing Galileo and the Japanese, Chinese and Indians are all developing GNSS. For greater productivity and accuracy, our Leica Viva system is compatible with all of these systems.
Do your surveyors need to come inside?
Unless we are undertaking specific interior measurements, then no, there is no need for our surveyors to enter your home or for you to be there (unless you wish to be there, need to unlock the gate, or restrain your dog).
What equipment do your surveyors use?
The equipment employed by Envivo is highly specialised. We rely on and trust the Swiss-made Leica brand equipment. This is simply the best available and has a long history of providing high quality instruments to the survey industry.
Software is also a key part of the survey process, we utilise 12D software to ensure the integrity of information is maintained throughout the processing phase. 12D software has been developed specifically for the needs of the New Zealand survey industry.
AutoCAD is used as a draughting package and allows us to produce plans that reflect the quality of the underlying information. Equipment and software however are only part of the successful survey equation and it is the role of our highly trained staff to ensure that the appropriate processes and techniques are employed on your project to achieve the required results.
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