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Pennsylvania Surveyor HowellKline Surveying, LLC. specializes in Property Surveys, Site Surveys, Aerial Surveys, Topographic Surveys, Construction Stakeout and As-Built Surveys. HowellKline offers professional land surveying services in Chester County, PA. Delaware, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster County Pennsylvania.

Howell Kline pleased to welcome Alex Rodriguez

Howell Kline pleased to welcome Alex Rodriguez
Increasing demand for professional land surveying services prompted us to begin a search for experienced computer-aided drafting personnel. The search process was a challenge because, as we found out, there are not a lot of computer-aided drafting (CAD) technicians experienced in drafting land surveys.Civil drafting is somewhat specialized in natu...
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Continuing the tradition of the Summer Job

Howell Kline Surveying and D. L. Howell and Associates is proud to be able to continue the tradition of the Summer Job.I am sure most if not all of us held summer jobs while in High School or College. I am pretty certain that we all look back on those jobs with varying degrees of fondness. I know I had some summer jobs that really peaked my interes...
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Howell Kline Surveying Announces Newest PLS!

Howell Kline Surveying, LLC is happy to announce its newest Professional Licensed Surveyor, Matthew A. Wayman, PLS! The Pennsylvania Law governing licensure of Surveyors requires a total of 10 years of increasing experience and levels of responsibility to be eligible to sit for the PLS exam. Matt began his surveying career in May of 2004 with R. F. Kline & Associates, Inc., joining Howell Kline Surveying, LLC, at its inception, in March of 2006. Since beginning his career in land surveying and starting on the path to licensure Matt has continually developed the skills necessary for a professional land surveyor. Along the way, Matt attained Certified Survey Technician status, a program administered by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), completed college courses in calculus and physics and attended Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) annual conferences and Chapter Meetings. He passed his Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) exam in October......
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Drones added to the Howell Kline Surveying Toolbox

Howell Kline Surveying, LLC and D. L. Howell & Associates, Inc. recently added Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) capabilities to their list of services.  Recent rules published by the Federal Aviation Administration have cleared the way for businesses to utilize UASs or "drones" as they are commonly known for a wide range of data gathering applications. This aerial platform is a useful addition to Howell Kline Surveying's "toolbox", which includes robotic total stations and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers. The UAS is a remotely controlled quad-copter equipped with a high resolution camera. The high resolution pictures can be digitally stitched together to create what is known as a digital ortho-photograph. An ortho-photograph is a photo that has any distortion removed, thereby allowing accurate measurements to be taken between points in the photo. Three-dimensional point clouds can also be generated from the photographs, allowing for measurements in 3D as well.  It is the......
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Traffic News of Note

Traffic News of Note
As Congress debates the costs and benefits of funding national infrastructure improvements, the rest of us go about the business of earning a living, paying our taxes. Those Chester County Residents that travel the Route 30 By-Pass and Route 202 during their daily commute or others that use those highways during their work day have noticed some much-welcomed improvements in travel times. On August 3rd the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation opened 2.5 miles of U.S. 202 to six lanes between the Route 401 (Conestoga Road) and U.S. 30 interchanges in East Whiteland Township, substantially completing construction on a $63.3 million improvement project that began in April 2013. This 2.5-mile section, combined with the four-mile section, opened to six lanes from the Route 252 Interchange to the Route 401 Interchange in September 2014, costing 105.4 million, has significantly improved traffic flows along that portion of the Route 202 corridor.A friend recently related......
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Surveyor's Token Quest

surveyors-token-quest.jpgMembers of the Penn State Student Chapter of PSLS (Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors) offer a great opportunity for high school students to explore land surveying as a career. Do you know of a high school student that likes to push the latest technology to it's limits, has an aptitude for mathematics, enjoys the outdoors, and can solve problems in a creative manner? Then land surveying may be a rewarding career choice. In an effort to promote land surveying as a career the members of the Penn State Student Chapter of PSLS are offering a one day program called "Surveyor's Token Quest." According to Matthew Boyes, Penn State Student and Program Host,  “The goal of the event is to give students not just a lesson on what surveying is but also have the students in the field experiencing what it’s like”. For more information on the event, contact Matthew Boyes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a ......
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Howell Kline Surveying Welcomes Tom Phillips, PLS

Howell Kline Surveying Welcomes Tom Phillips, PLS

In September 2015 Tom Philips, PLS joined the staff of Howell Kline Surveying, LLC, (HKS). Tom graduated from Paul Smith’s College in New York State with an A.A.S. in Forestry and also from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Surveying. He holds Professional Land Surveying licenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tom’s 29 years of surveying experience include a wide range of boundary, topographic, ALTA, as-built and engineering surveys. His skills in both the field gathering data, and in the office reducing, analyzing and presenting that data in a usable finished product will be a great asset for our clients. Please join Howell Kline Surveying in Welcoming Tom!

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Howell Kline Surveying, LLC Supports Municipal Road Improvements Project

Howell Kline Surveying, LLC Supports Municipal Road Improvements Project
The staff at Howell Kline Surveying (HKS) is working with Veteran Construction and Utility Services, Inc. on the Humpton Road improvements project. The project is located in Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania and includes widening, milling and overlaying a half mile of Humpton Road. HKS has been involved with the project from the initial concept and design phases, first providing an aerial topographic survey of the Humpton Road corridor and then supplementing that with a detailed field run topography to achieve the level of detail necessary to design the project. This included utility locations and right-of-way research. The current phase includes construction stake-out of the lines and grades for the cartway widening and curb tapers. This requires close coordination with Veterans Construction, the Township and the design engineer D.L. Howell & Associates to assure the project progresses smoothly. Lastly, Howell Kline Surveying will survey the finished site conditions and prepare an......
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Howell Kline Surveying Assists Property Management Companies and Homeowners Associations

Howell Kline Surveying Assists Property Management Companies and Homeowners Associations
Many times Property Managers or Homeowner Association Boards are asked to facilitate the maintenance or repair of improvements in common areas within a community.  Maybe a retaining wall needs to be repaired or replaced; or landscaping needs attention; or trees are in need of pruning or removal to address safety concerns.  All projects which could cost the Homeowners Association limited budget dollars.  And just as often the question is raised….”is that project actually located on community property, or is it located on an individual homeowners private property, or a neighboring property?” Howell Kline Surveying, LLC has worked with over a dozen different communities and 5 different management companies to answer those questions.  Projects ranging in scope from:  Performing a boundary retracement survey and placing corner monuments at a 140 acre community in Exton, Chester County which helped the HOA Board address encroachment issues from neighboring properties, and was used as a tool ......
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Move Over and Slow Down

Move Over and Slow Down
Surveyors work in some pretty challenging environments……freezing cold, blazing heat, busy construction sites, atop tall structures, and in rugged terrain, but one of the most challenging and dangerous situations we find ourselves in is when we are working along busy roads. Every year accidents and injuries involving surveyors, construction/utility crews, police and first responders working along roadways occur. Safety vests, traffic cones, signage, flashing lights on work vehicles, road flares, and flaggers are all techniques used to create safe work areas along roadways. But these tools and techniques are only a part of the equation when trying to build a safe working environment along a roadway. The drivers passing through that work area are key to everyone’s safety.  It is easy to become distracted by what is happening along the roadway when approaching a work area. How many times have you witnessed and accident due to someone “rubbernecking” at something along the roadw......
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What is my “Lot Area”?

What is my “Lot Area”?
So you are contemplating a home improvement project at your property, maybe an addition to the house to accommodate your growing family, a detached garage to store your equipment, a pool for the kids, or hardscaping to increase your outdoor living area.  All great projects to enhance the enjoyment of your property, but do you have the room.  The Municipal Zoning Requirements for your individual Zoning District establish what improvements can be constructed in your area.  Two factors that are typically regulated are Building Coverage and Lot / Impervious Coverage.   That’s easy, you say: “I have a one acre lot”. Not so fast.  Every municipality has its own definition of Lot Area as it applies to zoning, which must be considered when determining existing and proposed Building Coverage and Lot / Impervious Coverage.  Some municipalities’ definitions are rather simplistic, “The horizontal area of land contained within the property lines bounding the lot, ......
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Phillip Neill, Professional Licensed Surveyor

Phillip Neill, Professional Licensed Surveyor
Howell Kline Surveying, LLC (HKS) congratulates Phillip S. Neill, PLS on his achievement of attaining licensure from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Professional Licensed Surveyor. The Pennsylvania Law governing licensure of Surveyors requires a total of 10 years of increasing experience and levels of responsibility to be eligible to sit for the PLS exam. Once licensed, 24 hours of mandatory continuing education during each two-year licensure period is required as a condition for biennial renewal. Phil began his career in surveying in 2002. He joined the staff of HKS in March of 2005 and passed his Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) certification in July of 2009. Since then Phil has worked to increase his knowledge of all aspects of the Land Surveying Profession and to uphold the high standards of a Licensed Professional.  All of us at Howell Kline Surveying, LLC and D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc. congratulate Phil on......
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Old Man Winter has Finally Packed His Bags

Old Man Winter has Finally Packed His Bags
Old Man Winter has finally packed his bags and returned from whence he came. The surveyors at Howell Kline are glad to have him gone. When the ground is buried under ice and snow, like we had this past winter, the task of land surveying becomes problematic to say the least. But now the daffodils, and hyacinths are up, the forsythia are in full bloom and the trees are beginning to green up, and the demand for surveying services seems to be springing back to life. I think maybe the extended white-out gave people ample time to sit by the window and dream of projects to undertake during the warmer months. We at Howell Kline Surveying can help play a role in some of those projects. For instance, are you planning to remove those trees damaged by the winter storms, or do some landscaping to spruce up the yard? It might......
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Flood Insurance premium increases are on the way

Flood Insurance premium increases are on the way

The recent budget approved by Congress removed premium subsidies for Flood Insurance issued under the National Flood Insurance Program, causing renewals on flood insurance to increase, sometimes by thousands of dollars. And unless Congress takes action to reinstate the subsidies those increases don't appear to be going away.

Having an Elevation Certificate completed by a licensed professional surveyor is one way to ensure that your insurance company has the proper information to accurately rate your property's' flood risk. The Elevation Certificate contains information about the structure, key elevations at the structure and the elevation of the Special Flood Hazard Area if determined by FEMA.

Howell Kline Surveying serves Chester, Delaware, Berks, Bucks and Montgomery Counties and can assist you providing an elevation certificate.

Please contact us at (610) 918-9004 or email us using the contact form on the website.

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Fern Hill Elementary School Site Improvements

Fern Hill Elementary School Site Improvements
Howell Kline Surveying, LLC and DL Howell and Associates, Inc. have joined the design team preparing for renovations and site improvements at the Fern Hill Elementary school, located on Lincoln Avenue in West Goshen Township. The original part of the school building was designed / constructed in 1955 and has had at least 3 building addition projects over the years. Because the school had been improved in phases over the years there was no comprehensive plan showing what existed on the property. The first step in the process was to survey and prepare an up to date existing conditions plan of the 16 acre school property. This involved deed and PennDot right-of-way research, Pennsylvania One-Call to request field mark out and plans for any underground utilities, as well as a complete boundary survey and detailed topographic survey of the area of the school property slated for improvements. As with any project......
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How much does a land survey or property survey cost?

How much does a land survey or property survey cost?
“How much does a land survey or property cost?” It is a perfectly valid question, since we all want to get the appropriate value for the goods and services we purchase. That is a question that we at Howell Kline Surveying, LLC get asked on a regular basis. The short answer is “It depends”. All surveys are not created equal. Knowing the ultimate use of the survey, along with the size and shape of your property can help us to start to answer the question.. “How much does a survey cost?” If you provide us with your address we can easily find the size and shape of your property by accessing the public records at the County Assessor’s Office. The other part of the equation, the ultimate purpose for the survey, requires some dialog with you, the client. Is the survey to be used just for peace of mind, so you know what you......
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Howell Kline Surveying Assists Clients with Elevation Certificates and Flood Hazard Determination Issues.

Howell Kline Surveying Assists Clients with Elevation Certificates and Flood Hazard Determination Issues.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in association with the National Service Provider (NSP), designed a new interactive online determination tool for requests for Letters of Map Amendment (LOMAs) called eLOMA. eLOMA is a web-based application within the FEMA Mapping Information Platform that provides Licensed Professionals (i.e., licensed land surveyors and professional engineers) with a system to submit simple LOMA requests to FEMA.

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Howell Kline Surveying, LLC Staying Current and Continuing to Learn

Howell Kline Surveying, LLC Staying Current and Continuing to Learn
There is an old adage that you never stop learning. While this is true for life in general it is vitally important to take this a step further when it comes to providing professional land surveying servicesto our clients. Steps like: Actively seeking out opportunities to expand our knowledge in the areas of surveying that impact our clients; Interacting with attorneys and other professionals to gain a better understanding of how our services, combined with theirs can benefit our clients; Keeping up with the latest developments in equipment and technology and finding inventive ways to implement them to save our clients time and money. Those are the reasons why I attended this year's Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) annual conference, held for three days in early January at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. While there I attended 5 separate classes and obtained 21 hours of Continuing Education Credit. T......
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Penn Delco School District's Sun Valley High School Existing Conditions Survey

In May of 2012 Howell Kline Surveying, LLC (HKS) was contacted by Foreman Architects of Zelienople, PA about performing an existing conditions survey at Penn Delco School District's Sun Valley High School campus. The School District was planning to undertake site improvements at several locations around the High School Campus, and needed an accurate and detailed plan of their existing facilities. This plan would be the base upon which the proposed improvements would be designed. After discussing the School Districts needs with Foreman Architects and the School Districts Director of Facilities it was determined that a field run topographic survey would produce the level of detail required for the project. In addition to the topographic survey Howell Kline Surveying was tasked with contracting and coordinating subcontractors for a wetlands investigation and on-site underground utility location. Wolf Biological Services, Inc. of Downingtown was contracted to perform a site investigation to determine if......
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When to Get a Boundary Survey

when-to-get-boundary-surveyWe are often asked: "Why would I need to get a boundary survey and when is the right time to get one?" Every property owner should know where their property boundaries are to protect their rights and to enjoy the entire property that they paid for. In order to do so, you need a proper boundary retracement survey done by a professional license surveyor. We constantly hear, "but the prior owner told me all this property back there is mine" or "the neighbor told me that tree was the corner of the property", or "my landscaper told me this was the property line". Often people are surprised to find where their boundaries really are located as compared to where they thought they were. There are many reasons you would need or want a boundary survey. One of the most popular reasons is if you are making any kind of improvements to......
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Surveying for Your Cell Phone

b2ap3_thumbnail_celltowerSnipImage.JPGRecently Howell Kline Surveying has been involved in the location and placement of cell towers and antennas.  With the ever growing mobile phone industry, it has been a frantic race for companies to expand their network and coverage areas.  In theory, the company with the most extensive coverage will be the best, that and the fanciest new phone.   Each time a cell tower or antenna is either constructed or relocated, it must first be approved by the FAA.  They need to know the exact location of where they will be and at what height they will stand.  This ensures there are not obstructions in any flight path for planes or other aerial transports.  At Howell Kline we are involved in gathering these locations for their approval.  We relate all horizontal location to latitude and longitude, and the heights are given by referencing an elevation at ground level on NAVD88 datum......
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Howell Kline Performs Detailed Topographic Survey of Marshall Square Park

Trouble viewing the link, click here: http://360.io/6YwjKx Howell Kline Surveying was contacted by Landscape Architect Anne F. Walters and Architect Jeffrey C. Beitel, on behalf of Friends of Marshall Square Park, about performing a topographic survey of the park. The Friends of Marshall Square Park is a group of concerned residents formed to support the care, preservation and improvement of the Park for the benefit of the citizens of the Borough of West Chester. Their web site is located at marshallsquarepark.org. Marshall Square Park is located in the borough of West Chester, the County seat of Chester County Pennsylvania. The park encompasses 5 ½ acres and is bounded by E. Marshall St., N. Franklin St., E. Biddle St. and N.Matlack St. A historical marker located at the park gives a brief history..... "West Chester's first public square, dedicated in 1848. Recognized at the time for having one of the best collections of......
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Howell Kline Surveying Teaches the Cub Scouts

Howellkline Surveying embarked on a high seas adventure at Lenni Lenape Cub Scout Day Camp ao Oakbourne Park recently.

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Howell Kline Surveying Goes Green

Homeowners Go Green and Howell Kline Surveying, LLC is there to Help!

Howell Kline Surveying recently completed a project in East Bradford Township for property owners who are installing a Geothermal Heat Pump System for their home.

Howell Kline performed a partial boundary survey to identify the property lines in the vicinity of the proposed geothermal wells, and topographic features survey of the surrounding area. The resulting Plan of Survey will enable engineers to design the optimal location of the wells taking into consideration existing structures, physical improvements, underground utilities, and regulated isolation distances.

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Howell Kline Launches New Website

Howell Kline Surveying, LLC. is happy to announce the launch of the new and improved HowellKline.com website. Our new website will provide more information on surveying services and surveying links in the Chester County area and surrounding counties.

If you have any questions about any of our land surveying services or property surveying services, please feel free to give us a call at (610) 918-9004.

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Howell Kline and D.L. Howell Support Coatesville Area Little League

D. L. Howell and Howell Kline are proud sponsors of Coatesville Area Little League.

Coatesville Area Little League provides youth from ages 5 to 16 with the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Today the league has an enrollment of nearly 300 boys and girls residing in the City of Coatesville, Boroughs of South Coatesville and Modena, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury, and Valley Townships.

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