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Right-Of-Way (ROW) Surveys
Civil Construction Plans/Infrastructure Design
-Water, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer/Detention, Roadway Design
-Infrastructure Mapping, Zoning, Floodpain, City
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1519 has built an extensive portfolio of public work projects over the last 40 years. We have proudly provided innovative surveying and civil engineering services for projects of various sizes and scopes as towns and cities have grown over time. 1519 has worked with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), North Texas Municipal Water District, Waco Municipal Airport, and other public entities.
View more of our public works projects showcased below.
Notable Public Works Projects
TxDOT FM 549
Public Works Surveying
1519 field crews obtained right-of-way entry for 70 parcels, communicated with property owners, verified existing TxDOT control monuments, provided topography for new developments and improvements along the existing and proposed right-of-way, located existing right-of-way monuments and property corners to verify the existing right-of-way, and staked monuments for the existing and proposed right-of-way for FM 549. Office staff researched property adjoining FM 549, completed thirty-two (32) documents for right-of-way acquisitions and drainage improvements, nine (9) documents for right-of-way affidavit parcels, and created the right-of-way map for the project.
All right-of-way maps and documents were tied to the project baseline (FM 549 centerline) by station and offset. On a preliminary site visit, 1519 identified a cemetery that was not identified by a previous surveyor. Communicating this issue with TxDOT as soon as it was discovered allowed them to redesign the right-of-way at the beginning of the project and avoid any delays in schedule. 1519 provided weekly progress reports to the TxDOT project manager and monthly progress reports with all invoices, confirming that 1519 was meeting project timelines and deliverables.
Sycamore Creek Sanitary Sewer Relief Interceptor
Aerial Public Works
The proposed alignment for this project traversed through a city park, crossed US Highway 287, Sycamore Creek, and public right-of-way. This project was completed in two (2) phases.
The first phase involved providing aerial imagery and topographic survey for a route study. 1519 established control points and benchmarks throughout the project limits. Horizontal coordinates were established using GPS and vertical values were established by conventional leveling. All control was tied into the City of Fort Worth control network. 1519 utilized drone technology to collect the aerial imagery and topographic data along six (6) proposed alignments. 1519 also performed boundary surveying in specific areas to locate public rights-of-way for the final alignment. 1519 researched public records to obtain the deeds of current property owners, plats, and existing easements within the project limits. Property corners were recovered, boundary lines were resolved by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, and a digital property map was created.
The second phase involved surveying the location of the final alignment. For this phase, 1519 extracted topographic data collected by the drone within fifty (50) feet on each side of the proposed alignment. 1519 performed on-the-ground surveying to provide supplemental data in obscured areas such as creeks and high vegetation areas. 1519 also finalized the boundary lines and property map for the remaining properties that were not established during the route study phase.
1519’s use of drone technology enabled the client to receive data quicker and more cost-effective than conventional survey methods, which helped meet an aggressive schedule.
Airport Road Improvements
Public Works Surveying
Due to the constant traffic along this road, it was determined that utilizing a UAV would be the safest approach to gathering the required data. The UAV collected topographic data 100’ from the road centerline on both sides of Airport Road from Lake Shore to FM 3051.
Due to the operating area being located within Class D airspace at Waco Municipal Airport, FAA Airspace Authorization was required. We acquired authorization using LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability). The Waco Municipal Airport control tower was also notified of our operation and scope of duties on the day of flight. We then flew safely and legally within the controlled airspace at 200 feet above ground level. The entire operation was completed within a 2-hour time frame.
All flight data post-processing, linework/feature extraction, and final deliverables were completed and sent to the client within 3 weeks from initial day of flight. Deliverables included: linework, manhole and water valve locations, conventional surveys, CAD files, DTM/TIN files, point cloud and ortho-imagery.
China Spring, TX
China Spring Water Main Replacement
Engineering Public Works Surveying
1519 was contracted by Aqua Texas through an ID/IQ contract to provide Civil Engineering for the upgrade of existing water lines servicing a growing area of north Waco. The pipeline upgrade consisted of two lines both upgrading from 4″ to 6″ pipe: one line of 2,800 linear feet and another line of 4,800 linear feet.
Before design could begin 1519 had to produce a comprehensive topographic survey of the proposed routes including:
• All surface features (roads, creek, drainage channels, culverts, etc.)
• Indication of Access (curb cuts, driveways, etc.)
• All Substantial Visual Improvements
• Utility Locations, Fiber Optic Marker, Manholes, Flowline Direction and Pipe Size, Gate Valves, Markers & Signs
Additionally, 1519 performed all boundary survey work and created easement exhibits for the private parcels located on the proposed route, established TxDOT right-of-way and provided monumentation for newly created easements per the TBPLS rules. 1519 survey crews staked the location of 5 soil borings, existing utilities and the new water line route to ensure construction was within the easement and at proper depth.
The civil portion of the projected consisted of design for water system improvements, traffic control plans, erosion control, construction specifications, permitting services and preparation of record drawings.
The water system design included abandonment of multiple smaller water mains, as well as proposed water line civil plan and profile sheets for the rerouting and installation of the new Aqua Texas main along county-maintained streets located within The City of Waco Extraterritorial jurisdiction and TxDOT controlled Spur 1637.
Highway borings, efficient relocation of valves, and reconnect of feeder mains to the system were among several aspects utilized to establish a more economic and sustainable product for Aqua Texas.
After design completion, 1519 managed communication and administrative work to bid out the construction of the water line extension to qualified contractors. We reviewed and ranked all bids based on predefined criteria and selected which contracting firm we thought had the most experience and offered the best value for the scope of work required. The experience and relationships cultivated over years of serving this industry were instrumental in the seamless coordination and permitting through TCEQ, The City of Waco, McLennan County and TXDOT.
Beck Branch Sanitary Sewer Interceptor
Public Works Surveying
1519 established control points and benchmarks at 1,000-foot intervals. Horizontal coordinates were established using GPS and vertical values were established by conventional leveling. All control was tied into the City of Plano control network. 1519 researched public records to obtain the deeds of current property owners, plats, and existing easements within the project limits. Property corners were recovered, boundary lines were resolved, and a property map was created. The topographic survey included the location of pavement edges, curb and gutter, fences and walls, sidewalks, buildings, creeks, tops and toes of slopes, spot elevations, trees six (6) inches and larger, surface locations of utilities, flowlines of existing sanitary and storm sewer manholes where accessible, and other surface features affecting design.
This project also included the preparation of twenty (20) documents for easements with metes and bounds descriptions to be acquired as well as the boundary survey of City of Plano property to be acquired for the North Texas Municipal Water District to expand their existing site. As easements were acquired, 1519 staked the locations of easements and property lines for limits of construction.
1519 also performed the survey of the Level “A” and Level “B” utilities that were marked by a private subsurface utility engineering firm. This included surveying the locations of the marked utility lines, test holes, and locations of all surface utilities within the project limits. 1519 was able to meet all project timelines and budget constraints to ensure the project maintained schedule.
Celina Water Transmission Improvements
Public Works Surveying
This project adjoined two TxDOT-controlled roads, crossed the proposed Dallas North Tollway, and crossed the railroad right-of-way within the original Celina city limits. 1519 established control points and benchmarks at 1,000-foot intervals. Horizontal coordinates were established using GPS and vertical values were established by conventional leveling. 1519 researched public records to obtain the deeds of current property owners, plats, and existing easements within the project limits. Property corners were recovered, boundary lines were resolved, and a digital property map was created. The topographic survey was completed using the use of drone technology and on-the-ground surveying methods, and included the location of pavement edges, curb and gutter, fences and walls, sidewalks, buildings, creeks, tops and toes of slopes, spot elevations, trees six (6) inches and larger, surface locations of utilities, flowlines of existing sanitary and storm sewer manholes where accessible, and other surface features affecting design.
1519 prepared thirty-one (31) documents for permanent easements, temporary construction easements, and right-of-way acquisitions, and was also responsible for platting two properties along the proposed route for the City of Celina and private landowners. 1519 staked monuments for all right-of-way acquisitions and plats, staked the location of easements and property lines for limits of construction, and provided construction staking as needed.
1519 also performed the survey of the Level “A” and Level “B” utilities that were marked by a private subsurface utility engineering firm. This included surveying the locations of the marked utility lines, test holes, and locations of all surface utilities within the project limits.
The design survey was divided into three phases with aggressive schedules and 1519 was able to meet all timelines and budgets. Additionally, 1519 completed all documents within a two week time frame.
Parker County Transportation Bond Program
Aerial Public Works Surveying
1519 set aerial panels throughout the project area and managed the aerial flight of the project. The coordinates of the aerial panels were established using GPS and scaled to Texas Department of Transportation surface coordinates. The aerial flight included the planimetrics (2D features), a digital terrain model of the project, and orthophotos. 1519 performed the QA/QC of all data prior to submittal to the client.
1519 also performed the boundary survey of approximately four (4) miles of the proposed route and obtained copies of subdivision plats and ownership deeds within the project limits. Boundary monuments were recovered and a property map was created. Included in the boundary survey were fifty (50) documents with legal descriptions for right-of-way acquisitions, signed and sealed by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor.
After documents were completed, 1519 set monuments delineating the proposed right-of-way. 1519 also staked the proposed right-of-way so that property owners and appraisers could see the new route and construct new fences.
1519 Surveying, LLC worked with engineers, land men, title agents, property owners, and other land surveyors in order to complete the project. Property owners were always notified of 1519’s presence prior to accessing their land.
1519 also performed the survey of the Level “A” and Level “B” utilities that were marked by a private subsurface utility engineering firm. This included surveying the locations of the marked utility lines, test holes, and locations of all surface utilities within the project limits. 1519 was able to meet all project timelines and deliverables while staying within budget constraints.
Farm to Market Road 428 and County Road 55/West Glendenning Parkway
Aerial Public Works Surveying
1519 Surveying, LLC (1519) completed the schematic design survey for approximately two (2) miles of FM 428 and County Road 55/Glendenning Parkway, from 1,000 feet west of Dallas Parkway to 1,000 feet east of SH 289 (Preston Road), for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). 1519 established four (4) permanent horizontal and vertical control monuments and set secondary control points along the proposed route. 1519 ﬁeld crews recovered property corners and right-of-monuments and 1519 oﬃce personnel completed the right-of-way veriﬁcation map for the proposed route. Field crews also surveyed the locations of drainage structures, utilities, signs, and creeks within the existing right-of-way. 1519 completed the aerial mapping of the proposed route, which included seven hundred (700) feet on each side of the proposed alignment. The planimetric (2D) features were extracted by processing the imagery from a ﬁxed wing ﬂight and the .tin (3D) data was created by using the point cloud data from a helicopter LiDAR ﬂight. Deliverables included signed and sealed control sheets, imagery and point cloud ﬁles, and Microstation ﬁles completed to TxDOT standards.
Waco Suspension Bridge Aerial Design Survey
Aerial Public Works Surveying
The Waco Suspension Bridge is a historical landmark located in downtown Waco, Texas that was built in 1870 by Thomas Griffith, a New York civil engineer. He commissioned the bridgework and cables for the project to be supplied by The Roebling Company, the same firm that later helped build the famous Brooklyn Bridge. After completion, The Waco Suspension Bridge quickly provided a crossing over the Brazos River for the Chisholm Trail and other north-south travel through Texas. Due to high traffic, the town doubled in size over the next decade which contributed greatly to The City of Waco’s development. Recently, 1519 Surveying, LLC (1519) was engaged by the Engineering firm hired by the City of Waco to refurbish this 150-year-old bridge to its past glory.
1519 had to produce an Engineering Design Survey on this piece of Waco history, which required the integration of UAV Mapping/Photogrammetry and field surveying to produce point cloud files and orthoimagery within the project limits. The point cloud and orthophotos were used to provide accurate measurements of specific bridge features such as hanger and floor beam lengths for refurbishment purposes. Data was acquired using drone photogrammetry with over 1000 photos taken from various angles and flight paths over and around the bridge. Photogrammetry software was then used to generate the 360-degree point cloud and orthophotos. Drone data was then merged with field surveying shots and terrestrial scanning point cloud files in a CAD environment to deliver the requested measurements and values from the client.
Deliverables included a digital design survey drawing in AutoCAD (.dwg) showing visible surface features and requested measurements located, an ASCII point file, a copy of field notes and field sketches, point cloud files in LAS format, and digital aerial orthophotography of the entire bridge structure.