What are the First Steps in the Land Development Process?

It all starts with accurate data to design and build upon. What are the first steps in developing a property to build a new home? You will first need to hire a Civil Engineering Firm to prepare a Land Survey. This Land Survey documents your Existing Land Conditions on a drawing as a basis for […]

Do I need a Soils Report in Fairfax County?

Land Development

When preparing a new site plan in Fairfax County for a new home build or pool project, there are certain factors that will require a soils report as part of the site plan submission. As your Civil Engineering consultant to prepare Site Plans for your project, we will check the County Soils Maps to determine […]

Civil Engineers On-Site in NW DC

When developing property or renovating a building in Washington, DC, you will most likely need some type of Site Plan for your project. Whether it is a DC Water Plan to upgrade your water and sewer connections or a Site Plan for a building addition, you will need a DC Civil Engineer to prepare those […]

D.C.’s “Surveying Commandments”

A mousepad sent to us from the District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors. Rewritten here for easier reading: “DC’s ‘Surveying Commandments’ Survey the Boundary RIGHT! — Do it the ‘DC Way’ — I – Use boundary data from DC Surveyors Office ONLY. II – Survey each Square as an “ISLAND”, alone unto itself. III […]

The Duvall Foundry – Georgetown, D.C.

  From picture above: “The Duvall Foundry 1050 – 30th Street, N.W. Built between 1856 and 1866 as a machine shop by William T. Duvall, The Foundry is typical of commercial structures of that period. Duvall purchased the land from Thomas Beall, a grandson of Ninian Beall who was one of Georgetown’s first settlers in […]

When Do You Need a Permit to Remove a Tree in D.C.?

ree removal is calculated on a case-by-case basis and is only performed if absolutely necessary. If you think your project will require tree removal, here are some general guidelines. First, you will need to determine if the tree is on your property and ensure it is not a Public Space Tree. Public Space Trees A […]

DC Water’s System Availability Fee and What It Means To You

The System Availability Fee (SAF) is a one-time fee assessed on new development projects in the District that require a new water and sanitary sewer connection. This also applies to renovation/redevelopment projects that require an increase in the size of the existing connections. The SAF allows DC Water to recover infrastructure costs that are associated […]

Boundary Stones in the District of Columbia

Boundary Stone SW9, located in Benjamin Banneker Park in Falls Church, VA

In April 1791, at the behest of President George Washington, 40 sandstone markers were placed during a multi-year boundary survey of the federal territory of Washington, D.C. The survey team, led by Andrew Ellicott, traversed clockwise from their starting point, established by President Washington as “Jones’s point, the upper cape of Hunting Creek in Virginia”, […]

Accessory Dwelling Units. The What, How, and Why.

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit? An accessory dwelling unit, commonly referred to as an ADU, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot, built within the limits of an existing property. Also known as Accessory Apartments or Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs come in many types and sizes and are frequently found […]

Measuring the Potomac River Height at Georgetown Waterfront Park

Did you know there is a USGS streamgage at the Georgetown Waterfront Park? This one of many streamgages that measure the height of the Potomac River every 15 mins. The height measurements are transmitted via satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and are made publicly available on the USGS.gov website. The streamgage data is […]