Acre and square foot land measurement survey

Foot Land measurement AcreLand measurement by acre

In the language of survey work there are different definitions for measuring land in terms of acres. The most widespread definition for doing this describes the acre as the yardage or square footage of the piece of land in question. In the US and in England, the acre is taken to be the basic standard of measuring land. The acre is taken to be 43,560 square feet. This translates into 13,277.08 square meters. When these figures are converted to metric measurements the resulting measuring quantity is known as a hectare.

The measurement of an acre gets complicated when it is done through the use of yards since in both the above mentioned countries these figures differ and thus different measurements will be obtained. To reduce any chance of getting discrepancies, these countries have adopted similar acre measurements and these figures have also been taken up internationally. The use of acreage measurement is widespread in the advertisement of properties for sale.

Measurement of land by foot measurements
Square foot measurements are also used in the demarcation of land properties. The unit for area measurement that is therefore used in this regard is known as square feet. The ‘foot’ is the single unit of measurement in linear terms. When there are multiple units of these then the word ‘feet’ is used.

Square foot land measurements
Basically, a portion of land that has dimensions of 1 foot length and 1 foot width is said to be 1 foot squared. These measurements are then taken to determine how many square feet are present in a designated portion of land regardless if the shape is rectangular or square. The technique is simply to establish how many 1 square foot portions can be fitted in the given parcel of land. As has been indicated above, an acre of land will measure 43,560 square feet. In the event that this portion of land is perfectly square then one side would be 208.71 feet in length.

Issues of land measurement and survey
Getting to have definite boundary lines on a property is not as straightforward as getting out a tape measure and determining how many feet the land measures in terms of the length and width. There is much more to this work and credit should be given to surveyors granted the complicated matters that they have to take into account. Indeed their job is a combination of multiple arts, research, and skills. It is also for the reason that land is such a sensitive matter that the only surveyors permitted to do such work are those who have been licensed. They must also be under the regulation of the relevant body in their countries.

Before starting on a measurement job, the surveyor must make a proper investigation into the history of the land by scouring through available documentation including past abstracts, deeds, title certificates, and title opinions.

When this is done, the surveyor can proceed with his or her job. The instruments normally used include transit and tape, angle-measuring equipment, and electronic distance. Satellite positioning can also be used.