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 robotics, GPS and cutting-edge 3D software to deliver the most timely and cost-effective surveying, mapping and real property documentation services available.  Field personnel are equipped with tablet computers for efficient on-the-go storage and transmission of data. 


Kent Hudson, PLS

Division Manager

AS Civil Engineering & 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".  

Trey Harter, PLS

Senior Project Manager

AS Civil Engineering Technology - Trident Technical College                                               Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  NC, SC

With over 19  years of land surveying experience, including 13 years as a licensed professional, Trey Harter is a well organized and detail-oriented problem solver, with the ability to complete a wide range of complex surveying projects from field to finish.  His experience across much of North and South Carolina has encompassed survey crew chief, survey technician and survey manager roles, including more than 5 years with the USDA Forest Service, 6 years operating his own land surveying company, and 8+ years with other consulting firms, where he has supervised the daily operations of up to 17 field crews and 8 office survey technicians.

Trey's proficiency with current surveying equipment and software, his comprehensive understanding of boundary, topographic, design, construction, as-built and other specialty surveying practices, and his knowledge of applicable legal processes and protocols, are all coupled with strong personnel, project and client management skills.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Surveying & Mapping degree.   


Chris Lands, PLS

Senior 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 2016 software. 


Phil Fowler, PLS

Senior 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.


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