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Site Evaluation. Important Features and Characteristics. Location and Boundaries Surrounding land uses Topography Drainage Wetlands Floodplains Water table Geotechnical Features Contaminated Soils – need for remediation Engineering characteristics of soils – problem soils

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Site evaluation

Site Evaluation


Important features and characteristics

Important Features and Characteristics

  • Location and Boundaries

    • Surrounding land uses

  • Topography

  • Drainage

    • Wetlands

    • Floodplains

    • Water table

  • Geotechnical Features

    • Contaminated Soils – need for remediation

    • Engineering characteristics of soils – problem soils

    • Slope stability – slides and slips

    • Erosion potential

  • Existing Utilities and Services

  • Environmental Resources

    • Vegetation and wildlife

    • EndangeredSpecies

    • Areas of unusual aesthetic quality

  • Historical and Cultural Features


Location and boundaries

Location and Boundaries

  • Subject of CEE 121 Elementary Surveying

  • Need to know horizontal and possibly vertical locations of known points that define the boundaries

  • These points must be tied into an adopted system of reference that accounts for the curvature of the earth

    • State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS)

    • May use a local coordinate system in some states, but these are being superseded by the SPCS

  • In Nevada, the Civil Engineering PE license does not qualify an individual to do boundary surveys

    • A PLS license is needed


1 location and boundaries cont d

1. Location and Boundaries, cont’d

  • What is taking place on the neighboring sites?

    • Military complex?

    • Urban area?

    • Recreation area?

    • Agricultural land?

    • Mining?

  • How will the proposed development be affected by this land use, and vice-versa?

  • Does the site access public thoroughfares?


2 topography

2. Topography

  • What are the high and low points on the site?

  • How much land is basically flat?

  • Does the site slope in some predominant direction?

  • Does it have mountains or arroyos? Cliffs?

  • How will topography influence layout?


Topographic maps contour map principles source wikipedia

Topographic MapsContour map principles(source: Wikipedia)


Contour lines

Contour lines


Some general principles of contour maps

Some General Principles of Contour Maps

  • All points of equal elevation are joined – contour lines are continuous

  • The contour interval may vary depending on the scale of the map: 2ft, 10ft, 20 ft, 50ft, 100 ft

  • When reading the numbers on the contour lines indicating elevation, determine the uphill direction (it may be the top of the number)

  • Water flows downhill perpendicular to the contour line

  • The rule of V’s – sharp pointed V’s indicate streams in valleys; the point of the V is the location of the stream

  • The rule of O’s -closed loops are normally uphill on the inside and downhill on the outside, and the innermost loop is the highest area.

  • If a loop instead represents a depression, some maps note this by short lines radiating from the inside of the loop, called "hachures".

  • Spacing of contours - close contours indicate a steep slope; distant contours a shallow slope. Two or more contour lines merging indicates a cliff.


Examples of v s o s spacing

Examples of V’s O’s, Spacing


Establishing a vertical profile 1600 ft to 1700 ft along the blue line

Establishing a Vertical Profile(1600 ft to 1700 ft along the blue line)


Vertical profile of blue line

Vertical Profile of Blue Line


Contour map 40 ft intervals

Contour Map – 40 ft intervals


Color coded contour map 100 ft intervals

Color Coded Contour Map – 100 ft intervals


Contour map of stowe vt 20 ft intervals

Contour Map of Stowe, VT 20 ft intervals


Shaded relief map of stowe

Shaded Relief Map of Stowe


Shaded relief map of lake mead area

Shaded Relief Map of Lake Mead Area


Shaded relief model

Shaded Relief Model


Road location and control points

Road Location and Control Points


3 drainage

3. Drainage

  • Where will water go when it rains?

  • Identify any Floodplains

    • 50 year storm

    • 100 year storm

    • 250 year storm

    • 500 year storm

  • Identify Wetlands

  • CEE 413 Water Resources Engineering I


Flood plain map showing 1 risk 100 year storm in light blue

Flood Plain map showing 1% risk (100 year storm) in light blue


Development of a floodplain map

Development of a floodplain map


Wetlands map

Wetlands map


4 geotechnical features

4. Geotechnical Features

  • Are the soil types known?

    • Some types of soils create construction problems (e.g. expansive soils)

    • Some soils need to drain well (e.g. septic tanks)

  • Are there any soils with toxic substances in them?

  • Are there slopes that pose stability threats?

  • Are there any geothermal resources?

  • CEE 334 Soil Mechanics


Soils map example

Soils map example


Expansive soils map

Expansive Soils Map


Map of hazardous waste sites

Map of Hazardous Waste Sites


Superfund sites in los angeles

SuperFund Sites in Los Angeles


5 existing utilities and services

5. Existing Utilities and Services

  • Where are the nearest available public water and sewer lines and what reserve capacity do they have?

  • What roads border or serve the area and how adequate are they to serve the expected development?

  • Where is the nearest public transportation and how frequent is the service?

  • Where are the electrical power sources?


6 environmental resources

6. Environmental Resources

  • Is the site good for solar energy?

  • Is the site good for wind energy?

  • Are there any endangered species on the site?

  • Are there any sensitive areas?

    • Aesthetic

    • Animal and plant species


Landscape character source states of jersey consultation panel

Landscape CharacterSource: States of Jersey Consultation Panel


Site evaluation

Landscape Visual Quality Example Source: Using GIS in Landscape Visual Quality AssessmentYingxin Wu, Ian Bishop, HemayetHossain, Victor Sposito. Applied GISVolume 2, No. 3, December 2006


Endangered species example source us fish and wildlife service

Endangered Species ExampleSource: US Fish and Wildlife Service


Preservation of biodiversity is a global concern source the nature conservancy

Preservation of Biodiversity is a Global ConcernSource: The Nature Conservancy


7 historical and cultural features

7. Historical and Cultural Features

  • Are there Historic Buildings?

  • Are there Indian burial sites?

  • Are there other sacred sites?


Historic districts source the city of moline il

Historic DistrictsSource: The City of Moline, IL


Historic structures approvals needed for alteration source city of jacksonville il

Historic Structures – Approvals Needed for AlterationSource: City of Jacksonville, IL


Fort des moines located on city map

Fort Des Moines – Located on City Map


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