Smith Land Surveying, Inc. (SLS) was founded in 1978 by Gregory A. Smith with one employee. Original services provided by SLS included boundary, construction, and oil & gas well location surveys. SLS experienced steady growth, gaining employees each year and in 1982, it expanded services to include design data surveys for architectural and engineering firms throughout West Virginia.
In 1986, SLS further diversified by forming an environmental service group providing oil & gas drilling pit waste disposal, independent lab support, water sampling, and erosion and sediment control plans. A reclamation group was formed in 1988 to provide implementation of erosion and sediment control plans and NPDES permits on both commercial and oil & gas sites. Services such as seeding and mulching provided by the SLS team contributed to numerous reclamation awards for SLS clients.
Services again expanded in 1991 to include project management for developers of shopping centers and retail outlets. The SLS land department was created in 1996 to assist members of the oil & gas industry in identifying tract or parcel ownership and obtaining right-of-way and mineral leases. A demand grew for midstream services and SLS built out the land department to include pipeline route selection, acquisition, mapping/surveys, environmental and regulatory permitting assistance, and a complete project management staff.
The mid-to-late 1990s saw SLS serving clients such as the West Virginia School Building Authority, the United State Bureau of Prisons, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the Hughes River Dam. From 1998 to present, SLS has primarily served existing clients in the oil, gas, and coal industries, the West Virginia Department of Transportation, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
In response to industry demand, the most recent endeavor for Smith Land Surveying Land & Energy Development recently purchased a new core drill which allows for in-house evaluations. In turn, SLS can provide high quality work in a much faster timeframe than prior to owning the drill. These core drilling services, in addition to GeoTech evaulations, aerial and Lidar mapping, turnkey and design build services for well pads, water impoundment design and certification, and quality control.
Under Smith’s leadership, SLS has been able to adapt and grow to meet the needs of its clients. The core of professionals at SLS has over 250 years of combined experience and is supported by a highly qualified group of technical staff. Over three decades of success and stead growth proves Smith Land Surveying, Inc. and its variety of services is a trusted source for the energy and land development industries.