Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

We perform as-built surveys of buildings and sites using laser meters and scanners. Guidance for these types of surveys are provided by AIA standards.

ALTA Surveys/Boundry Surveys are used to determine property boundaries and are regulated by and prepared in accordance with the standards specified by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM).

Coast 2 Coast is NOT a licensed land surveying, engineering or architectural company. The site plans we create are NOT land surveys. All site plans created by Coast 2 Coast are exclusively for landscaping purposes (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §8727). Coast 2 Coast does not determine property lines, and as such site plans do not constitute a land survey (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§8726-8727).

Coast 2 Coast makes every reasonable effort to make sure the information found in our plans is correct. However, it is the duty of the architect, contractor, designer or other licensed professional, as a consultant to the property owner, to ensure As-Built plans are suitable before beginning renovation or construction. Coast 2 Coast services and plans do not constitute civil engineering (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§6702-6704). All floor plans created by Coast 2 Coast are to be used as a reference for design and construction and should not be considered a substitute for the services of a licensed structural engineer or licensed architect.

As the name implies, Coast 2 Coast conducts business across the United States. Additionally, our projects have also taken us to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Coast 2 Coast has a network of specially trained Field Specialists in more than thirty cities nationwide. Some of our best and brightest technical experts are found traveling the country using advanced laser scanning equipment to collect architectural data. At our Chattanooga, Tennessee headquarters, in-house innovators, project managers, and executive staff are hard at work integrating cutting-edge technologies into highly detailed solutions.

Successful projects start long before the work begins. To develop a complete proposal, the Coast 2 Coast begins by capturing your project scope needs. We’ll document and review facility size and complexity, any existing drawings with dimensions, relevant photos along with site location(s), accessibility considerations and your project timeline.

  • We typically start with evaluating:
  • The address of the property
  • The deliverables you’ll need (i.e. drawings, model, 360 visualizations)
  • The type of building (hotel, retail store, factory, etc.)
  • Any pdf drawings and/or images that would help us get a feel for the space

Scope of work, facility size, site complexity and accessibility, and schedule several key drivers of project costs. Geographic density also factors into the cost of multi-site projects. In all cases, we create a fees structure to meet your requirements whether that is an all-inclusive flat fee, a price per square foot, or costs segmented by service type. Also, project expenses for items such as travel and incidentals can be built-in, capped or simply invoiced at cost.

Coast 2 Coast typically mobilizes field teams within three weeks of awarded contract, but advance planning certainly reduces deployment timeframes. For very large projects requiring multiple survey crews, Coast 2 Coast will generally employee a rolling mobilization strategy over the course of a few of weeks.

Coast 2 Coast takes great pride in the accuracy of our work. Paired with our intensive training program, each tool we use is specifically selected for precision. For architectural surveys, dimensions typically fall within ½ inch given normal construction tolerances. For sign-site surveys, dimensions can be to within ¼ inch up to twenty feet overall height given an unobstructed reach from the ground. As with all projects, the specified dimensional tolerance can vary per the scope of work given the client’s needs, which impacts time-on-site and resulting fees.

Using LiDAR technology, our infrared scanners capture millions of measurements in a matter of seconds. These accurate measurements are then turned into 3D models, 2D floor plans, and elevations, etc. Once we capture the data, we store it for future use, even after the deliverable is given.

The time-on-site depends on the square footage and the scope. This can be decreased by equipping our technicians with more scanners and having more technicians to speed the data collection process.

For example, 100,000sf office space will be 133 square feet per scan averaging 3 to 6 minutes per scan equates to roughly 4 days for one person with one scanner. Typically, the scanner will capture:

  • 40 to 200 square foot per scan in standard areas
  • Up to 300 square foot per scan in open areas
  • Approximately 40 square foot per scan above-ceiling

Our in-house experts will then projects create a deliverable package as defined in the scope of work. The data is processed, registered then modeled. The timing is, of course, determined by the level of detail required and the type of deliverable (i.e. a Point Cloud, 2D AutoCAD Drawings, Revit Model, or any combination of the three). Typically, it takes approximately 3 weeks after leaving the site, and expedited deliverables are delivered as early as 4 days after leaving the site.

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