Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) methods minimize or eliminate costly project delays, by providing designers with comprehensive and accurate information about underground utilities early in the project development stage.  SUE combines elements of civil engineering, land surveying, and geophysics with vacuum excavation to collect and map detailed 3-D information about subsurface utilities.  The resulting permanent record of detailed utility data can be integrated into the planning process for current or future projects.

CES Group provides subsurface utility locating and designating services on project sites, utilizing ground penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic and sonic methods and equipment.  Field personnel utilize premium equipment and tablet computers employing cloud-based MOBI technology, 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 con

      Ground penetrating radar

     Ground penetrating radar

CES Group has completed, or is currently under contract to provide SUE services for a number of large projects, including base-wide mapping of an entire utility system at both Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield, and for multiple City of Charlotte project sites.

CES Group is currently seeking an experienced SUE Operations Manager to further develop and expand this practice division.




CES Group's SUE services are performed in accordance with the following work level designations, as identified by the Federal Highway Administration:

CES Group currently possesses in-house capability to provide service Quality Levels D, C and B, while offering complete turn-key service through collaboration with a Quality Level A service provider.