Part of the process of surveying land or a piece of property involves determining where the property begins and ends. Once you have a boundary marked for the property, you can start the process of determining the dimensions, which includes measuring all sides. You can take these measurements using various devices. When working with small plots of land, you can use a steel tape measure to complete all required measurements for the survey.
Purchase a steel tape measure that has at least 25 feet of measuring length. A smaller tape measure is not practical for a surveying job. If possible, purchase a 50-foot-long tape measure. Place the steel tape measure at the far side of the area you plan to survey. Surveying an area usually involves measuring length and width; expect to take more than one measurement.