We survey cemeteries for historical preservation and to lay out new gravesites.
When we make an accurate map of an old cemetery it is “preserved” for history because the gravesites’ locations (and their existence) are recorded at that point in time. This is important because weathering and vandalism will otherwise take away these important artifacts of our history.
We also design and layout new cemetery plots, sometimes in old cemeteries where space is running out. Many of our older cemeteries have spaces available on irregular land or in areas where the land available has a difficult shape. Accurate surveying and lot design allows for the best use of the space available.
The example below illustrates both types of cemetery surveying. The left side of this cemetery was mapped in detail for historical preservation, and the right side was surveyed so that new plots could be laid out on the ground.
Below is a detail from this cemetery map showing how we designed and laid out new gravesite lots. The offset lots were necessary to accommodate some existing burial sites. After we left the existing gravesites area, we set up a uniform grid for future burials. The solid black squares are permanent bounds we set so that gravesites can be laid out by the local cemetery commissioners.