Geomatics refers to the integrated approach of measurement, analysis, management, storage and display of both two and three-dimensional Earth-based spatial data. This data is collected, processed and manipulated using state-of-the-art information technology software and hardware. It has applications in all disciplines that depend upon spatial data, including but not limited to environmental studies, planning, engineering, navigation, geology, mining, oceanography, infrastructure and land development. The science and technologies used in geomatics should always be subject to and balanced by the judgement of a Professional Land Surveyor.

CES Group’s field crews and office personnel, led by experienced and licensed professional land surveyors, use cutting-edge robotics, GPS and 3D software to deliver the most timely and cost-effective surveying, mapping and real property documentation services available.  Field personnel are equipped with premium instrumentation and tablet computers that employ cloud-based MOBI technology, for efficient on-the-go storage and transmission of data. 


Kent Hudson, PLS

Division Manager

AS Civil Engineering & AS Graphics Technology - York Technical College                                       Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  NC, SC

Kent Hudson is experienced and proficient in all aspects of survey department management, including estimating/budgeting, time, resource and staffing allocation, strategic planning, business development and proposal preparation, and quality control of field and office tasks.  He has consistently directed projects to completion within budget parameters by changing inefficient protocols, introducing procedures to reduce errors, improving communication, and modeling an organized framework of project execution and control.

Kent has 20+ years of progressive experience, including private sector roles as a crew leader, survey manager, and vice president of operations, as well as having been a crew leader with the SC Department of Transportation.

Kent is an active member and former President of the South Carolina Society of Surveyors (SCSPLS).  He was the 2011 Tri-County Surveyor of the Year, as well as Editor of the SCSPLS publication, "Benchmark".  

Glenn Lesser, PLS

Survey CAD Manager

BS Business - Cum Laude - State University of New York at Buffalo                                                  Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  NC

Glenn Lesser has more than 17 years of land surveying experience.  Beginning as a field survey technician with a well-established Charlotte, NC land surveying company, he was promoted to a crew chief position within 3 months.  After gaining a solid base of knowledge in field surveying practices, he began training and development of CAD skills, which soon led to a full-time office position as a survey CAD technician.  He continued to assume more responsibility for data and project management details, further expanding his knowledge base, becoming licensed as a North Carolina Professional Land Surveyor in 2008.  As the firm’s Survey CAD Manager, he assumes primary responsibility for back-up data quality review and accurate production of drawings.  He has extensive experience with property records research, platting and ALTA surveys.


Chris Lands, PLS

Project Manager

Bakersfield College                                                                                                                                     Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  NC

Chris Lands has more than 20 years of comprehensive land surveying experience, having held the positions of Instrument Operator, Party Chief and Project Manager.  He is proficient in the use of both AutoCAD and Carlson software, as well as in the operation of robotic and GPS equipment. He has performed route surveys for water distribution system and sanitary sewer system design, topographical surveys  for new NCDOT interstate highways and existing roadway improvements design, and construction staking on NCDOT interstate and primary highways and private development projects. 

In his current role as Senior Project Manager, Chris is responsible for client communication, field crew coordination and quality control for a wide variety of boundary, topographic and construction surveying projects.  He prepares proposals, coordinates design survey requirements with our Civil Engineering Division, and prepares boundary and topographic survey documentation using Trimble Business Center and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 software. 


Phil Fowler, PLS

Project Manager

Central Piedmont Community College                                                                                     Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  NC

Phil Fowler is a U.S. Army veteran, who has 30+  years of experience in many facets of land surveying, including  topography, boundary, ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, construction, and 3-D laser scanning applications, for public infrastructure, commercial and residential projects.   

 Phil began his surveying career as a rodman for Santee-Cooper (South Carolina Public Service Authority), after graduating from Summerville High School in 1980.  He has held every traditional surveying position, in both field and office settings.  In addition to his broad-based knowledge of surveying principles and practices, he is widely known for his attention to detail.


Michael Lester, PLS

Project Manager

University of Connecticut                                                                                                               Capital Community College                                                                                                         Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  CT

Michael Lester has more than 18 years of land surveying experience, including roles as a survey technician, crew chief, project manager, and surveying department manager for a municipality.  In addition to his comprehensive knowledge of field to finish surveying practices, Michael has extensive experience with property records research, platting and ALTA/ACSM land title surveys. Involved in a number of CES projects in both North Carolina and South Carolina, he is currently responsible for the management of a wide variety of task orders through an annual on-call surveying contract with Charlotte Water, including the location and mapping of all commercial water meters and backflow preventers inside the I-277 corridor.


Land Surveying

  • Boundary Surveys for Acquisition, Easements & Disputes
  • ALTA / ACSM Land Title Surveys
  • Platting & Parcel Monumenting
  • Residential & Commercial Subdivision

Design & Construction

  • Topographic Surveys
  • Utility and Transportation Route Surveys
  • Construction Staking for Residential, Commercial & Public Infrastructure Development
  • Mapping Control Surveys
  • Utility Inventory Surveys
  • As-Built Surveys