More About Our Services

We are one of the most experienced surveying companies in South Africa. NPM Geomatics is committed to helping you with your survey and spatial information requirements. We are able to respond to large and small scale projects, and deploy survey teams throughout our region to provide a rapid turnaround time.

Where are our offices?

The company comprises a large staff component, with offices located in East London, Port Elizabeth and Port St. Johns, consulting throughout the Eastern Cape Province and throughout South Africa as required.

What is our purpose?

We understand that our purpose is to contribute to the sustainable social and economic development of our region through supporting Infrastructure and Housing Development, Improvement of Land Rights and Supply of Land Information, with consideration and respect for the natural and social environment. We therefore offer a wide range of services to help you achieve your land development and land management objectives.

Services offered

The wide range of expertise in the group arises from broad and diverse experience, including working throughout Southern and Central Africa. As a result, the portfolio of services that the company provides is comprehensive and includes the following:

NPM GEOMATICS offers the following services:

Traditional Surveying and Geomatics

  1. Human Settlements and General Plans
  2. Topographical Surveys
  3. Road and Pipeline Strip Surveys
  4. 3D Laser Scanning and Data Modelling
  5. Setting Out Surveys
  6. Control, Engineering and Monitoring Surveys
  7. Hydrographic Surveys
  8. Cadastral Surveys
  9. Sectional Title Surveys
  10. Aerial, Lidar and Drone Surveys

Dispute Resolution and Commercial and Built Environment Mediation

GIS Consulting and Data Capture

Land Reform

Cadastral and Land-Legal Consulting

Traditional Surveying and Geomatics

Human Settlement’s Surveys

The company has worked very closely with the Department of Human Settlements over the years, assisting with various forms of surveys which underpin the provision of housing, infrastructure in support of sustainable human settlements. The work we have done involves both conventional cadstral and topographical survey work, as well as more diverse projects.

During 2010 – 2011 NPM Geomatics assisted with the verification of approximately 2,000 completed housing units. Following the verification project, NPM Geomatics was involved in assessing approximately 1,600 housing units for purposes of rectification of defects.

Between 2009 and 2015, NPM Geomatics was involved in the survey of over 9,000 rural homesteads for purposes of implementing the rural housing subsidy in the Alfred Nzo, Joe Gqabi and OR Tambo District Municipalities. NPM Geomatics has undertaken the relocation of township beacons on many projects, so as to enable the building of top structures.

Topographical Surveys

These surveys are required to depict the infrastructure, contours and natural features on a particular site/sites. They are generally used by planners and engineers in their designs for various types of developments. These surveys can be as small as a simple site survey for small building projects (houses, schools clinics etc) or at a much larger scale, for road upgrading, water reticulation projects, township development etc. It is not unusual for the company to be appointed to undertake large scale topographical surveys, in excess of 100 hectares.

NPM Geomatics is geared to rapidly complete small and large scale topographical surveys, with up to 6 teams deployable on such projects. Since 2002, NPM Geomatics has surveyed in excess of 950 schools and clinics in the Eastern Cape. NPM Geomatics has completed work on numerous large scale lidar and topographic surveys for various development purposes including housing, mining and sewer and water reticulation.

Road & Pipeline Strip Surveys

These surveys are required for design purposes of either the upgrading of an existing road or pipeline, or the building of a new road or pipe line. High specification roads are surveyed to the stringent TMH11 standard as published by SANRAL (SA National Roads Agency Limited).

In addition to undertaking the road and control surveys, NPM Geomatics is also contracted to perform check surveys for strip surveys undertaken on SANRAL roads.

3D Laser Scanning and Modelling

NPM Geomatics acquired a high order Trimble TX8 scanner in late 2018. 3D Laser scanning is ideally suited to complex industrial applications, quarry and stockpile surveys for volume determination, sectional title, As-Built plans of large buildings, Heritage renovations, providing base data for Building Information Management Systems (BIMS). The scanner has been used to scan and model bridges, floor levels in buildings, determine volumes in mines and measurement of sectional title projects.

Setting-Out Surveys

We are routinely contracted to set out road alignments, building corners and platforms for contractors.

The building of infrastructure such as roads, buildings, sewer reticulation etc require the services of a surveyor to set out the precise positions and levels for the infrastructure to be built. The company’s experience ranges from setting out of roads, sewer pipelines, water pipelines, dam walls and buildings, including the setting out of the Hemingways regional shopping mall, which has in excess of 1,000 column positions.

NPM Geomatics was extensively involved in setting out the platforms and building positions for schools in the rural areas of OR Tambo District.

During the first half of 2012, NPM Geomatics was involved in the setting out of a large Dam in the Coffee Bay area. We are routinely contracted to set out road alignments, building corners and platforms for contractors.

Control, Engineering & Monitoring Surveys

These surveys are needed where accurate control is required for future setting out of roads or buildings, or for the precise monitoring of the movement of dam walls, retaining walls, high-rise buildings etc.

NPM Geomatics has worked on numerous high order surveys for industrial engineering projects where a high level of precision is required. These include crane rail surveys, conveyor surveys and precise setting out surveys.

NPM Geomatics has been involved in precise crane rail surveys for the automotive construction industry, and the precise setting out of steel structure bolt positions for car manufacture assembly lines.

NPM Geomatics has established, or refixed, more than 4000 NRB benchmarks to TMH11 standards for SANRAL on national and provincial roads since 2010.

NPM Geomatics carried out the monitoring of the Gilwell Mall retaining walls during its construction.

NPM Geomatics has been monitoring the movement of the road and bridge at the Langeni pass since 2010.

Hydrographic Surveys

Hydrographic surveys are carried out on dams or rivers where the profile of the dam or river bed is modelled for volume and design purposes. The surveys are carried out using a boat or kayak fitted with depth sounding equipment linked to a GPS receiver.

NPM Geomatics completed the survey of 18 dams within a 6 week period during 2011. NPM Geomatics was involved in the survey of the river bed profile of the Fish River near Port Alfred as part of the drought relief water infrastructure program.

This survey has been particularly challenging in terms of access, wildlife (hippo) and heavy rainfall during the survey campaign. River bed surveys have been completed in Cala and in Fort Beaufort for the design of water related infrastructure.

Cadastral Surveys

These surveys are required in order to define and record the extent of property ownership. They comprise the calculation of the positions of property boundaries, the physical demarcation of the property boundaries and the registration thereof in the office of the Surveyor General by means of a diagram or general plan.

NPM is specifically geared to undertake large scale cadastral surveys in excess of 1000 erven at a time.

The company has surveyed in excess of 20,000 erven over the past 10 years and subdivided more than 2,500 farms required for the the clearance of title deeds in order for SANRAL to take ownership of their road reserves.

The company has subdivided all the road reserves in SANRAL’s Southern regional and has undertaken subdivision of road reserves as far a field as Lydenburg, T’Bantchu, Port Shepstone, Ladysmith and Plettenberg Bay. NPM is currently contracted to undertake approximately 600 further road related subdivisions for SANRAL.

NPM completed the survey of 948 erven at Motherwell in Port Elizabeth during the first half of 2012, and completed the preparation of General Plans for a large scale township development in Queenstown in 2017 and Elliot in 2016.

Sectional Title Surveys

These surveys are required when buildings are to be subdivided by means of sectional title. It involves the positioning of buildings relative to the property boundaries and the measurement and determining of the median line of each unit, which defines the extent of each section.

This information is recorded on a sectional plan, which is lodged with the Surveyor General and the Registrar of Deeds.

NPM has been involved in a number of large scale projects, including “Milkwoods” in Port Elizabeth and “The Beacon” in Beacon Bay.

In addition, NPM also undertakes the sectionalising of smaller residential and commercial buildings.

Aerial, Lidar and Drone Surveys

xNPM Geomatics has established relationships with highly experienced and competent aerial, lidar and drone operators. NPM provides the control and ground verification for the surveys which are carried out using Lidar or Drone technology. High quality images of the site aid with planning and design.

These surveys are required in order to define and record the extent of property ownership. They comprise the calculation of the positions of property boundaries, the physical demarcation of the property boundaries and the registration thereof in the office of the Surveyor General by means of a diagram or general plan.

NPM Geomatics is specifically geared to undertake large scale cadastral surveys in excess of 1000 erven at a time.

The company has surveyed in excess of 20,000 erven since 20000, and subdivided more than 3,000 farms required for the clearance of title deeds in order for SANRAL to take ownership of their road reserves.

The company has subdivided all the road reserves in SANRAL’s Southern regional and has undertaken subdivision of road reserves as far a field as Lydenburg, T’Bantchu, Port Shepstone, Ladysmith and Plettenberg Bay.

NPM Geomatics completed the survey of 948 erven at Motherwell in Port Elizabeth in 2012, and completed the preparation of General Plans for a large scale township developments in Lusikisiki in 2013, Mount Fletcher in 2014, Elliot in 2016, and Queenstown in 2017 .

Sectional Title Surveys

These surveys are required when buildings are to be subdivided by means of sectional title. It involves the positioning of buildings relative to the property boundaries and the measurement and determining of the median line of each unit, which defines the extent of each section.

This information is recorded on a sectional plan, which is lodged with the Surveyor General and the Registrar of Deeds.

NPM Geomatics has been involved in a number of large scale projects, including “Milkwoods” in Port Elizabeth and “The Beacon” in Beacon Bay.

In addition, NPM Geomatics also undertakes the sectionalising of smaller residential and commercial buildings.

Aerial, Lidar and Drone Surveys

NPM Geomatics Geomatics has established relationships with highly experienced and competent aerial, lidar and drone operators. NPM Geomatics provides the control and ground verification for the surveys which are carried out using Lidar or Drone technology. High quality images of the site aid with planning and design.

Dispute Resolution & Commercial Mediation

Colin Davies is a built environment and commercial mediator, accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

In conjunction with other RICS accredited mediators, NPM Geomatics Geomatics is able to assist clients to find an acceptable settlement for a range of commercial and development related disputes, without the need for costly, time-consuming litigation and potentially damaging public media.

GIS Consulting and data capture

Including institutional and management considerations, information and needs assessment, technological and data requirements, spatial data capture & quality control, and support & training.

NPM Geomatics has successfully assisted the Ntabankulu and Emalahleni municipalities with essential land audit projects aimed at improving their access to land related data and information.

Land Reform

Formalisation of informal settlements, subdivisions of farms for land re-distribution as well as state survey of Administrative areas in the Former Transkei.

NPM Geomatics has been involved in many land reform projects involving boundary disputes between respective parties.

Cadastral and Land-Legal Consulting

Including land assembly, land delivery, land management, status of the cadastre and the implications of the status of land on developments.

NPM Geomatics is often requested to undertake land audits of properties over which proposed new infrastructure (pipe or road) is to be constructed or widened. This task provides valuable information for the design team to reduce the number of non-essential servitude or subdivision diagrams which need to be prepared post construction.

The senior professional land surveyors at NPM Geomatics are regularly consulted on matters relating to the cadastral and land status of large scale development projects.

Did you know?

The origins of the company date back over 115 years to 1905 when the original firm was established by the Horne Brothers in Queenstown. Since then the company has grown from a small country town practice into a well-respected and dynamic company. NPM Geomatics Geomatics is a multi- lingual, multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-generational and Proudly Eastern Cape Company.

We hope to be of service to you.

NPM Geomatics

About Us – The company has origins dating back to 1905 when the Horne brothers established their practice in Queenstown., and for many years practiced as Horne and Horne, later becoming Horne and Preston. The firm changed its name to Nzelenzele Preston & Medcalf in 2000, becoming NPM Geomatics in 2007. In 2002, the company acquired the East London based firm Parking, Tomlinson and Partners (PTP). The earliest record in the old leather bound notebook belonging to land surveyor Parkin is dated 1918. This book was used to keep records and notes of all surveys done in the various blocks and sections of old East London.

We specialise in Land, Cadastral, Sectional Title, 3D Laser Scanning, Topographical and Engineering Surveying.