Methods of Calculating or Measuring the Area of Land
Land needs to be measured for various reasons like prior to purchase, when doing stock taking, building a boundary wall, dispute with a neighbor over demarcation, etc. Measuring regular land area like residential plots sold by real estate agents and land developers is easy as they have mostly rectangle or other geometrical shapes. Recalling geometry studied in High School we can do the measurements and arrive at the results. But if the area of land is highly irregularly shaped or if you are purchasing large tracts of land like a farm measuring miles across, then how do you do the measurements?
You can always make use of the services of a land surveyor or a civil engineer, but that is expensive. From time to time you want to measure the area of your land and calculate how much it is worth. In this article we explain some do-it-yourself methods of measuring your land and some high technology solutions.
We will be discussing the measuring of land using simple geometry, using maps and planimeter, GPS, Aerial photography, Satellite imagery, using Google earth, using maps and graphs, and by using measuring wheels in this article.