What We Do
Marbach is a professional land surveying and civil engineering firm with two offices located in Northern Indiana. Since 1918, we have served private, professional, and public sector clients throughout Indiana, completing thousands of surveys and design projects. Offering the unique combination of both land surveying and civil engineering services, we work with clients from the very early stages of a development including surveys and conceptual planning to the final engineering design, construction layout, and inspections. Our clients include developers, builders, architects, private landowners, local government, utility companies, and contractors.
For most projects, the land surveyor can quite literally be the first person in generations to walk the entire project. At Marbach, we accept this reality as both an honor and a responsibility. We become the landowner’s eyes and ears in the field. Whether our assignment is a boundary survey for a 3-acre real estate sale or the complex topographical survey for a 300-acre development, we treat the land as if it were our own–leaving nothing but footprints and stakes. But we take with us a better understanding of the terrain, the vistas, and the neighbors; all details that aren’t necessarily recorded on the plat, but which may be integrated into a final site plan.
Our licensed professional civil engineers, land surveyors, and certified professionals in erosion and sediment control provide our clients with design services for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The scope of these projects can range from the design of a residential septic mound system to designing a 500-acre planned unit development or creating the erosion control plans for a 100-acre, eco-friendly subdivision.
Total Years of Experience
Professional Land Surveying is the science of determining the dimensions and shape (or three-dimensional characteristics) of the earth’s surface by the measurements of distances, direction, and elevations. It also involves staking out the lines and grades needed for the construction of buildings, roads, dams, and so on.
Our Professional Land Surveying Services Include:
- Boundary and Topographic Surveys
- ALTA / ACSM Land Title Surveys
- GPS Surveys
- Complete Aerial Surveying & Photogrammetric Mapping Services
- Construction Staking
- Right-of-Way Corridors
- Terrain Modeling
- Utility Surveys
- Flood Plain Certification
- LOMA and ELOMA
- Elevation Certificates
- 3D Laser Scanning
We offer a range of expert engineering services, tailored to our customer’s needs.
Site Development Design
In many jurisdictions, a complete site plan is required for commercial or industrial sites. Marbach has completed many of these plans for projects of all sizes, from a small pre-owned car sale lot to a multiple tenant retail development. We offer all of the required services for these projects, including survey data collection, conceptual design, parking lot and drive layout design, grading and drainage design, landscape planning, and traffic movements. We also consult with planning, zoning, and building officials, represent our client at any hearings or meetings, and consult with contractors as needed. Because we are licensed as both professional land surveyors and professional engineers, we can handle many other issues related to the development process, such as the creation of new parcels and the design of on-site sanitary sewage disposal systems. This allows our clients to have a single contact point for all site development needs.
Whether the roadway is a residential drive in a new development, or a major arterial in an urban area, Marbach has the expertise and understanding to complete the project in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our services include survey data collection, design of preliminary horizontal and vertical alignment, delineation and description of rights-of-way, design of roadway pavements and cross-sections, design of existing and proposed access points, final detailed design of the roadway, and construction layout. We also consult in traffic analysis, geotechnical and environmental assessments, and construction management. We have the expertise to design roadways to a variety of standards, whether state, county, or municipal. Because our firm has a strong history in land surveying, our design work emphasizes accuracy and precision in order to complete a correct and constructible product.
(Water Supply, Sanitary Sewer, and Storm Sewer)
The extension of municipal utilities serves a valuable purpose in development. Furthermore, as systems age, rehabilitation of facilities may be required. The Marbach team has the knowledge and experience to complete the design these utilities, whether it is an extension to a newly served area or a reconstruction of an existing portion of the system. Our services include evaluation of existing pipes and structures, analysis of potential methods to serves new areas, and design of pipes, valves, inlets, structures, and other facilities. We have designed a number of sewage lift stations for both private and public purposes. We also have experience designing specialized sanitary sewer systems, such as on-site disposal systems, grinder pump stations, and low-pressure collection systems. We have the tools required to complete the design of water supply, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer, from conceptual layout to construction layout.
Storm Water Management
As a parking lot is constructed, a roadway improved from two lanes to four, or an agricultural plot is developed into a residential subdivision, the amount of storm water runoff generated by the land during a rain event can change dramatically once these improvements are in place. This water must be managed so that it does not adversely affect neighboring properties or the environment. At Marbach, we have the tools to predict and control this run-off. Our services include hydrologic modeling, total rainfall amount prediction and calculation, storm sewer design, detention pond design, and outflow design. We have experience with many methods of design, including the rational method, the SCS curve method, and both TR-20 and TR-55. These tool and experience allow us to develop well-designed and creative solutions to run-off problems.
Traffic Analysis & Impact Studies
In any development project, the impact on surrounding traffic patterns is a potential concern. Furthermore, existing traffic conditions must often be analyzed in order to determine where and what improvements are needed to a network. Marbach, Brady & Weaver has the expertise and tools to complete these studies and analyses. Our services include data collection, traffic impact studies, arterial studies, and network analysis. We have invested in the most modern tools of traffic analysis, including the most recent versions of highway capacity software and manuals, traffic simulation software, traffic generation manuals, and traffic control device manuals. Most importantly, as a local firm, we have a more thorough knowledge of existing traffic patterns in both northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan that has been gained by the everyday experiences of our staff. Our tools and experience allow us to produce analysis that is realistic and useful to both public and private interests.
Much of the Civil Engineering work previously completed by Marbach, has been in support of the Development Services offered by our firm. We have surveyed, designed, and platted residential, commercial, and industrial subdivisions in over ten municipalities and jurisdictions, including the Indiana Cities of Elkhart, Goshen, Mishawaka, South Bend, LaPorte, Michigan City, Valparaiso, and Chesterton. We have also platted subdivision in the Indiana Counties of Elkhart, LaGrange, St. Joseph, LaPorte, and Porter, and Berrien County, Michigan. We have completed every size of development, from single-lot minor subdivisions, to two hundred-lot major residential developments, to two hundred-acre industrial parks. This process includes the design and completion of conceptual layouts, preliminary plans, recorded plats, and improvements plans, including the design of municipal utilities. We have managed planning of the development, including consultation with planning officials, presentation at public hearings, meetings with affected parties, review of bid documents, and construction layout. Because we are licensed as both professional land surveyors and professional engineers, we can handle all aspects of planning the subdivision process. Our president, Christian F. Marbach, has development special expertise in this area while serving as a member of the Ontwa Township Plan Commission in Cass County, Michigan.
Driveway Permit Applications
In many situations, property in Indiana is developed with direct access to a highway under jurisdiction of the State of Indiana. The addition or changes in use of these access points require the approval of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Marbach provides all the necessary services required to receive this permit, including survey data collection, design of the access points, additional roadway lanes, pavement sections, storm water management, traffic generation information, and traffic analysis. We also consult on issues such as bonding and construction traffic management. We have completed these applications in INDOT districts throughout northern Indiana and have developed working relationships with engineers at each district.
Over the years, Marbach has developed strong relationships with many contractors operating in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. These relationships have been built through construction meetings, construction layout, and construction inspection. Because we have worked over time to build these relationships, we have the necessary tools to further serve our clients in the area of construction management. We consult on such issues as bidding, qualification, and inspection. We can serve in many capacities, from consulting with the client to aid in decision-making, to complete management of the construction project. In every project, our goal is to represent the best interests of our client and make the construction process both successful and cost-effective
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
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LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Who We Are
Marbach offers quality, economical civil engineering design and land surveying services in the Michiana region and beyond. We are professionally licensed in the states of Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio. Our team of engineering professionals are experienced, courteous and dedicated to ensuring your project or survey is handled efficiently, accurately, and with the highest level of professional integrity.
Meet Our Team
Chris Marbach, P.S.
Loren Stackhouse, P.S.
Debra Hughes, P.E.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Parsons, P.S.
New Carlisle Office
Chris Marbach, P.S.
Ryan Clussman, P.E.
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