Construction layout, also known as construction staking, is a specialized branch that involves the precise measurement, mapping, and positioning of points on a construction site. It plays a crucial role in the construction industry by providing accurate and reliable data to guide the construction process, ensuring that structures are built according to design specifications and within specific boundaries. We work closely with architects, engineers, and construction teams to establish reference points, determine elevations, set out building corners, align utilities, and monitor the progress and quality of construction activities. By employing advanced equipment and techniques, construction staking helps ensure the proper placement, alignment, and elevation of structures, ensuring the successful execution of construction projects. With decades of experience in the construction space, we’re confident that our team will deliver the results you need to keep your site running smoothly.

When you need a company you can trust, that can offer decades of construction layout experience, look no further than Xsurv. Our staff comes with decades of construction staking experience in heavy civil, commercial, and residential construction. Our team is well versed in every aspect of the construction process from setting up initial control and laying out erosion to final as-builts. Every Xsurv team member comes with a vast skill set and knowledge the latest equipment. Running GPS site calibrations, setting up primary benchmarks, laying out utilities, verifying elevations, setting paving offsets, laying out structures, and (most importantly) checking in/out is routine for our group. If you’re in need of accurate, reliable staking or layout, reach out now.

Construction 3D modeling refers to the process of creating digital three-dimensional representations of on-site grading, infrastructure, and construction projects using specialized software and techniques. It involves the creation of virtual models that accurately depict the physical elements, dimensions, and spatial relationships of the proposed construction project. By utilizing 3D modeling, architects, engineers, and construction professionals can visualize and communicate design concepts, identify potential clashes or conflicts, optimize construction processes, and enhance overall project understanding. Construction 3D models can incorporate various elements such as building geometry, materials, and even simulate real-world conditions. This technology enables stakeholders to explore different design options, detect potential issues before construction begins, improve coordination among project teams, and ultimately facilitate efficient and successful construction outcomes.

In the past, most construction companies used a full-time person for their grading layout. While 3D modeling does not completely take this out of the equation, it does limit the need for a full-time person on site laying out grade stakes. 3D models, also known as site models, GPS models, or machine models, have largely taken over the industry when it comes to getting a site on grade. With real-time cuts and fills, visible to both operators and grade checkers, there’s never a need to stop production due to no stakes or elevations. At Xsurv, we pride ourselves on delivering 100% models. We take all available information and construct a ‘per-plan’ surface model so you can confidently work anywhere on site with accurate elevations and cuts/fills. While some “model builders” offer the same service, perhaps at a discounted rate, we believe our team of highly experienced CAD technicians will deliver a superior product, resulting in less downtime for your crews and avoiding costly errors. We rigorously search for any plan discrepancies that could cause delays in construction, resulting in less downtime for clients. Along with delivering a great product, we often find potential areas for change orders, once again favoring our clients and protecting their investments. In today’s technology-driven age, we’re able to support clients across the US. Our team can support all major brands including Topcon, Trimble, and Leica with files that also support CAT, Deere, Komatsu, etc..

Aerial mapping in the construction industry refers to the utilization of aerial platforms such as airplanes, helicopters, or drones to capture geospatial data and create detailed maps and models of construction sites. It involves the collection of aerial imagery, LiDAR data, and other remote sensing techniques to obtain accurate and comprehensive information about the project area. Aerial mapping provides construction professionals with high-resolution imagery and data that can be used for various purposes, including site analysis, topographic mapping, earthwork volume calculations, project planning, and monitoring construction progress. By employing aerial mapping techniques, construction companies can gain valuable insights into the terrain, existing features, and potential challenges of a site, leading to more informed decision-making, improved design accuracy, enhanced project coordination, and increased construction efficiency. Our online, cloud-based system allows full client interaction with their sites, leading to project quantities, stockpile quantities, project tracking, file exporting, and more.

Old school, meet new school. Using sUAS systems (drone) and standard surveying methodology, our team can now capture volumes in a way that’s both faster and more accurate and with cost savings. We cover everything from stockpiles to whole sites to chase your volumes. Traditional topographical surveying could take hours, days, or even weeks to complete depending on the site. With the advancement of technology, aerial photogrammetry has drastically cut down the amount of time taken to complete a standard site topo. Now, with updated technology, those same topographic surveys are completed in minutes. Not hours or days. Along with a detailed point could, resulting in millions of points, photogrammetric surveys can yield detailed contour maps, 3D models, ortho-mosaic images, shape files, DTMs, DEMs, DWGs, DXFs, Geo-Tiffs and more. There’s a solution for everyone, whether design team, estimators, or management. Tracking production has also become more available due to the turnaround speed of our deliverables. Now, you can monitor your site from pre-construction to final grading. This includes the ability to track potential swell in material. When your site is heavily treed or has an overabundant amount of vegetation, LiDAR might be the solution you need. Like photogrammetry, LiDAR has the advantage to penetrate through most high vegetation sites via calibrated lasers and IMU sensors. High-end aerial solutions equipped with state-of-the-art surveying instruments result in highly defined, accurate data.

Takeoffs refer to the process of estimating and quantifying the quantities of materials needed for a construction project. Specifically, it involves determining the volume or amount of earthwork materials, such as soil, rock, or gravel, required for excavation, grading, or filling activities. Takeoffs are essential for accurately estimating project costs, determining equipment and labor requirements, and planning the logistics of earthmoving operations. This process typically involves analyzing project plans, survey data, and specifications to identify areas that require excavation or fill, measuring distances, calculating areas and volumes, and applying appropriate factors for compaction and waste. Takeoffs play a crucial role in project bidding, resource allocation, and project management, enabling construction companies to effectively plan and execute earthwork operations while optimizing resources and meeting project requirements. Agtek reports, red/blues, cuts to fills, volumetrics, and more are just a request away.

Construction Layout & Staking


Standard cost for 2-man crew

Cost can vary by length of and size of projects

Utilities, paving, buildings, bluetops, elevations

Site calibrations, level loops, etc

Transmission Flush

Brake Fluid Flush


3D Modeling


Support for Trimble, Topcon, Leica, etc.

Support for CAT, John Deere, Komatsu, etc.

Roadway corridors, site models, dams, mines, etc.

100% finish grade model with grades anywhere on site

Cost varies based on project size

Wheels/Tires Balancing

Brake Pad

Power Steering

Photogrammetry/Aerial Mapping


Aerial topography of whole site

Clean-up or all manmade objects

Deliverables including 3D models, DXFs, contours, point clouds, etc.

Comparisons of topo to design, topo to OG existing, topo to topo, etc

Cost varies based on project size

LiDAR/Aerial Mapping


Aerial topography of whole site

Clean-up or all manmade objects

Deliverables including 3D models, DXFs, contours, point clouds, etc.

Comparisons of topo to design, topo to OG existing, topo to topo, etc

Cost varies based on project size