very year, Parker Land Surveying reinvests profits into technology and equipment to enhance its services, says company President Steve Parker. In 2017, the firm has added 3D laser scanning technology to provide improved information to engineers and architects.
Retrofitting an old building? The surveyor can use laser technology to scan the structure from floor to ceiling. “They would have to get someone up on a ladder otherwise,” Parker says.
Redesigning a roadway intersection? The PLS staff can scan the entire area without stopping traffic. “It’s a big improvement in time, detail and safety,” Parker explains.
Established in 2008, Parker Land Surveying has grown into a trusted and experienced group of land surveyors, licensed to work anywhere in South Carolina. With seven surveyors on staff, PLS has 50 employees with more than 600 years of combined survey experience. The firm’s CEO is Parker’s wife, Pam Parker, making it a woman-owned firm.
PLS has been recognized as one of the top 100 geospatial firms in the United States by Point of Beginning Magazine, the publication of the industry.
With company revenue continuing to grow, 2016 was another record year for PLS. Expanding development and planned infrastructure improvements will mean new business for the firm, which is involved in all facets of construction. PLS works on boundary surveys, tree surveys, topographical surveys, wetland surveys, easements, subdivision platting, construction layout, record drawings and lot-fit studies.
PLS has done commercial work for Boeing and Joint Base Charleston’s long runway replacement. In other parts of the state, the firm has worked at McEntire Joint National Guard Base and Clemson University’s baseball stadium and Littlejohn Coliseum.
“We have an excellent reputation; companies hire us because of our customer service,” Parker says. “We put the best state-of-the-art equipment into the hands of the best qualified people who do this kind of work in South Carolina.”
The firm is focused on family and giving back to the community. The Parkers’ son, Scotty, 13, will ride his bike across the United States this summer to raise money for Water Mission.
PLS survived the difficult economy it was born into, and now Parker feels it is important to help others. “I like to hear what our people are concerned with and to help out,” he says, whether sports teams, local charities or international efforts like Water Mission.