NYCEDC Seaport Coastal Resiliency

Manhattan, New York

Project Overview

MFS Consulting Engineers & Surveyor, DPC provided professional surveying services for the NYCEDC Seaport Resiliency Project located in the borough of Manhattan, New York.

Manhattan, New York

Project Details

MFS performed a topographic field survey to the locate the apparent accessible above ground physical features, such as, but not limited to, decks, piers, buildings, curbs, edge of pavement, drives, striping, sidewalks, fences, walls, utility/light poles, signs, street trees, tree lines. First floor/garage floor elevations were determined at doorways. Cross sections of paved surfaces were surveyed at a minimum of 50’ intervals and at low/high points. Spot elevations were obtained at a spacing sufficient to develop contours at an interval of one foot. Breakline features such as top/bottom of curb, edge of pavement, top/ bottom of slopes/swales/banks/walls, etc. were located.

At waterways the surveys extended to the edge of water at low tide. MFS performed an aerial survey within the project limits. This surveying work was accomplished photogrammetrically from new winter/leaf-off aerial imagery. To ensure the highest quality results, new Digital RGB Imagery was acquired at 4.0cm GSD. Additionally, several targeted photo control points were surveyed and used to perform the aero triangulation on the imagery. All visible planimetric features were digitized from the imagery using one of our state-of-the-art softcopy stereo workstations. To further enhance the accuracy of our mapping work, terrain break lines and spot elevations were digitized and combined with the ground planimetric data to create a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from which the one-foot contours were generated. The mapping was delivered in AutoCAD Civil 3D format.

MFS’s field personnel conducted the necessary fieldwork to locate evidence of right of way lines, including but not limited to property markers, monuments, crosscuts, fences, walls, buildings, and curb lines. MFS also conducted web-based searches to obtain current deeds of the properties within the survey area. MFS’s office personnel obtained information from the Borough’s Topographical Bureau pertaining to the property lines, right-of-way (ROW) lines, and easements. MFS conducted a utility survey of accessible surface utilities and surface hardware within the project limits. These utilities included manholes, catch basins, trench drains, valve covers, utility/light poles, hydrants, conduit, wires, and other similar items. Additionally, MFS located any apparent utility mark-outs visible at the time of the field survey that were marked out by others. For storm drains and sanitary sewers, MFS attempted to obtain
measurements to determine inverts and pipe sizes at accessible manholes and
catch basins. MFS surveyed any apparent sewers within the survey limits and
located any apparent and accessible outfalls along the shoreline within the survey
limits, as well as one associated upstream sewer structure, where accessible.
Subsurface utilities lines, including water, gas, electric, and communication, were
depicted based on surface features and available record mapping. Depiction
of subsurface utilities lines were based on the location of surface hardware
structures, record documents and any mark-out recovered. Subsurface Utility
Engineering (SUE) was performed utilizing Electromagnetic utility locating in
compliance with Quality Level “B” of CI/ASCE 38-02, Standard Guideline for the
Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data, hereinafter referred
to as Standard 38-02. Any non-locatable utilities discovered through record
information or otherwise were shown on the drawings at Quality Level “C” or “D”.
SUE operations targeted the centerline of utilities to be picked up during the
topographic field survey scope by MFS’ survey department. Tunnels, wide ducts,
etc. when the configuration is known, may be marked with paint to approximate
each side of the system.

MFS utilized a subconsultant to perform bathymetric survey. The survey was
performed with multibeam sonar. The bathymetric survey was such that contours
at a one-foot interval of the waterway bottom will be provided. All bathymetric
data were incorporated into the survey base map that will be part of the final
deliverable. MFS performed vault survey investigations, and vault surveys at
structures within the project extents to determine if a vault exits within/ below
the structure, the depth of each vault from sidewalk level to the top of the vault
roof, as well as the extent of the vault from the building line. When permissible,
MFS entered the vault and performed the survey, measuring and recording the
vault extents into the right-of-way and photo document the existing utilities
within the vault structure.


  • Owner:
    New York City Economic Develpment Corporation (NYCEDC)

Services Provided

  • MFS provides land surveying services throughout the tri-state area, specializing in site surveying, boundary surveys, topographical surveys, and utility surveys. One of the top surveying companies in NJ, we have extensive experience in real estate, infrastructure, utility, transportation and more.