Our History


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 time frame than prior to  owning the drill. These core drilling services, in addition to GeoTech  evaluations, 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.