Bench Marks


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Elevations must be verified consistent with procedures established by Chapter 472 Florida Statutes "Land Surveying and Mapping" and the Florida Administrative Code Chapter 5J-17, " Standards of Practice"

Reference Map

The reference map shows the approximate location of each numbered bench mark.

First Edition - April 2003

The following map and information has been made available for anyone interested (in particular the surveying, engineering, mapping and construction community) to simplify the process of locating and obtaining information about available bench marks within the City of Boca Raton.

A bench mark is a relatively permanent material object, natural or artificial, bearing a marked point whose elevation above or below an adopted datum is known. Common examples of bench marks are metal disks set in concrete or a corner of a concrete headwall or sidewalk. An elevation is defined as the vertical distance, along a line that follows the direction of gravity as indicated by a plumb line, from a datum to a point or object.

The datum used by the City of Boca Raton Engineering Division – Survey Section is the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29’). This datum is a nationwide reference surface for elevations throughout the United States generated by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). NGVD 29 was established by leveling between 26 tidal stations located along the coasts of the United States and Canada. Leveling is the process of determining elevations of points or their difference in elevation. A tidal station is the geographic location at which tidal observations are conducted. The year 1929 indicates the year when all the field-leveling observations were finally adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS).

Please Note

NGVD 29 is a fixed datum and does not take into account the changing stands of sea level. Because there are many variables affecting sea level, and because this datum is a best fit over such a broad area, the relationship between the NGVD 29 datum and local mean sea level is not consistent from one location to another in either time or space. For this reason, the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29’) should not be confused with mean sea level.