DavisWanic Land Surveyors, P.C.

Serving the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin


DavisWanic Surveying (N/K/A DavisWanic Land Surveyors, P.C.) was founded in Escanaba, Michigan by Mel Davis in 1968. Since this date, we have been a full-service land survey firm serving Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft counties. During this time, an early complete inventory of historical survey records has allowed us to accurately recover and/or relocate numerous “G.L.O.” and property controlling survey corners that have been destroyed or removed through time and improvements.

Mel Davis was elected Delta County Surveyor in 1972, a position he still holds today. During this time, Mr. Davis instituted a remonumentation program of “G.L.O” survey corners on the county level. To date, over 7,800 corner positions have been recovered and/or restored to present day requirements. Mr. Davis was elected to the board of directors for the Michigan Society of Registered Land Surveyors in 1974, a position which he held until 1982. As a member of the board of directors, he was instrumental in the development of the “Standards of Practice” for Michigan Land Surveyors. In 1992 Mel Davis and Terence Wanic became partners of the business and in 1998 Terence Wanic became the sole owner of DavisWanic, Mel Davis continued to work for the business.

Typical, everyday services provided by DavisWanic Land Surveyors, P.C. include; mortgage surveys for various lending institutions, elevation surveys, O.H.W.M. surveys, consultants to numerous law firms and title companies concerning land title issues, boundary surveys for the general public, topographic surveys for architechural and engineering firms, horizontal and vertical control for aerial photography, subdivision design and layout and numerous “G.L.O.” re-tracement surveys for the United States Forest Service. In 1993, DavisWanic Land Surveyors, P.C. was awarded the contract to recover, reestablish and monument all of the original survey corners established in Delta County, a project that is still ongoing.



Is a survey really necessary?

A survey is necessary to protect your property rights. A survey will ensure that you acquire ownership for the land for which you are paying. It will explicitly illustrate where your property begins and where it ends. It will also protect you from having anybody else infringe upon your property. Additionally, you will be protected in case there may be any violations of building restrictions (encroachments) on the subject property.

How fast can I get my survey?

Simply put—we will meet your deadline. You tell us the date you need the survey, and we will deliver it to you.

What is an Elevation Certificate?

An Elevation Certificate, or FEMA Certificate, is a form developed and issued by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and completed by a Professional Surveyor and Mapper. This form identifies the flood and non-flood hazard areas in which a particular property is located. The form also indicates the elevation of the building. The Elevation Certificate is used by insurance agents for the purpose of quoting your property flood insurance rates.

How do I know what type of survey I need?

  • ALTA Survey:
    A boundary survey meeting specific standards and requirements as set forth by American Land Title Association (ALTA) and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). This type of survey is sometimes required by many title insurance companies, most often used for commercial properties.
  • As-Built Survey:
    A post-construction survey showing all major changes in relation to the completed project; It updates any revisions made.
  • Boundary Survey:
    A survey of a parcel of land as described by a metes and bounds legal description or a lot, block and plat book legal description. It also shows any existing structures as they relate to the property boundaries.
  • Elevation Certificate:
    Also known as a FEMA Certificate, this document identifies the flood and non-flood hazard areas in which a particular property is located. The form also indicates the elevation of the building. The Elevation Certificate is used by insurance agents for the purpose of quoting your property flood insurance rates
  • Final Survey:
    A survey of a parcel of land (preceded by a Spot Survey) showing all improvements made.
  • Formboard Survey:
    A survey where the proposed construction forms are staked out for the builder.
  • Property Line Stakeout:
    The setting of wood stakes (or iron pins) along the property lines of a parcel of land.
  • Spot Survey:
    A survey of a building under construction, showing the foundation as it relates to the property boundaries.
  • Topographic Survey:
    A survey of a parcel of land showing elevations throughout the boundary at a given interval.

Contact Me

1410 Ludington Street Escanaba, Michigan 49829

Phone: 906.786.1755

Fax: 906.786.6487

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Services Provided

GPS Survey Systems
Subdivision Design
Elevation Certificates
Pipeline Survey Services
FEMA Flood Surveys
FREE Estimates *
Boundary Surveys
Land Surveying
Mortgage Surveys
Topographical Surveys
Law Firm Consultation
Title Consultation



Field Equipment:
Our field crews are fully equipped with the latest instrumentation including: Trimble G.P.S., Sokkia total stations, Leica digital levels and Nikkon automatic levels, we also utilize all necessary accessories for each instrument.

Office Equipment:
DavisWanic Land Surveyors, P.C. utilizes a fully-computerized support facility for the assimilation of all gathered field data, including Carlson Software, 2014 Edition, which is compatible with most drafting software used by engineers. We are capable of plotting up to a 36”-wide sheet and can e-mail surveys. On file in our survey records there are over 50,000 surveys dating back to the late 1800's.