Cornerstone Surveying & Engineering, Inc. (Cornerstone) began the professional practice of Land Surveying and Engineering in May of 1990. Cornerstone is composed of a select group of professionals with differing areas of expertise in land services. Our professionals have had years of "hands-on" practical experience and bring an exceptionally high level of technical expertise and knowledge to each project. We are recognized as leaders among our peers for thorough, complete, and conscientious work habits.

After years of serving as figure heads, marketing personnel, project accountants, and personnel managers, we left our old companies to band together to form a good "old fashioned" concept in surveying and engineering with the philosophy, ² if you want a job done right, do it yourself.² We believe no one is better qualified to determine project tasks and accomplish those tasks in a timely and efficient manner than a registered professional who is actually involved in every phase of a project. Our company policy allows only registered personnel in project management positions. How often have clients contacted a firm to ask a question only to be referred to a drafter, designer, or technician, because the surveyor or engineer was not familiar with the project and could not answer the question?

At Cornerstone, that does not happen, due to our commitment to having registered professionals as project team members who are involved in each task of the project. By utilizing registered professionals in all phases of the project, potential problems are quickly identified and suggested resolutions implemented, which keeps the project on schedule and under budget.

Technology plays a critical role in our work. Our services and products are dependent on state-of-the-art information systems, field and office equipment, and data gathering techniques. Our technological resources make quality and reasonably priced services possible for small or large projects with equal efficiency. Cornerstone's high degree of field and office automation allows us to meet the most demanding of schedules. All office employees have a state of the art computers on their desks equipped with the latest software, and are networked by Windows 2000. This allows a CAD employee to be working on a drawing while across the building the project manager is checking the same drawing on his computer. All of our project managers and our CAD personnel have computers in their homes that can access our main server at the office any hour of the day or night thus allowing after hours work. This method allows our employees time with their families, and saves on weekend and late night travel time when meeting stringent deadlines. A practical scenario in the use of this automation is as follows:

A call comes into our office after 6:00 PM from a contractor with a utility conflict of an urgent nature. The person taking the call would immediately contact the project manager at home, who would then connect to our office server via high speed access and download the drawings onto his home computer or he may choose to work directly on our server. The project manager could then make any necessary adjustments. If he required additional assistance, he would contact a CAD operator at home to finish the work that night. After checking the CAD work, the project manager could then send a copy of the revised electronic drawing to the field inspector’s house. If a hard copy is needed, one could be printed via the office plotter. The drawing would be ready for pick up early the next morning, before work resumes on the site.

In this scenario, no time is lost in travel; employees living in different towns instantly exchange data; the billable time is 100% productive; and, the biggest gain is that the contractor is never halted.


President:                 R. David Branton, PLS & PE

Type of Ownership: S-Corporation founded 1990
                              Federal ID # 57-0912630, Small Minority Business
                                  Native American Indian Owned
                                  DBE/MBE Certified by: SCDOT,  SBA 8a, CMSDC & State of SC

Cornerstone’s Certificate of Authorization to practice Land Surveying & Civil Engineering :
                                   South Carolina      C00032
                                   North Carolina      C-1395
                                   Georgia                 000519            

Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors  1
Professional Land Surveyors 2
Land Surveyors in Training                                 0
Surveying Technicians                                         4
Field Crews                                                3
Researchers                                                          2
Administrative                                                      2

Automotive                                $ 1,000,000.00
    Business Liability                     $  2,000,000.00
    Business Liability Umbrella     $ 1,000,000.00
    Workers Compensation             United States Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers
    Professional Liability               $ 1,000,000.00 per occurrence, $ 1,000,000.00 aggregate


Cornerstone is pleased to offer the following services to our clients: 

Boundary Surveying
            All Classes of SC Minimum Standards|
            ALTA/ACSM Surveys
            Painting and Physically Marking Boundaries
            Preparation of Legal Description
            Courthouse Research of Chain of Title
            Boundary Litigation Experts
            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods 

Topographic Surveys
            All Classes of SC Minimum Standards
            ALTA/ACSM Topographic Surveys
            Quantity and Borrow Pit Surveys
            Differential, Trigonometric, GPS and Photographic Methods 

Site Surveys
            Industrial, Commercial, & Residential

            All Classes of SC Minimum Standards
            ALTA/ACSM Topographic Surveys
            Tree Surveys
            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods

 Forensic Surveys
            Accident Sites: Rail, Automotive, Boat, and Air
            Crime Scene
            Active & Passive Sites

            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods 

Geodetic & Control Surveys
            All Classes of SC Minimum Standards
            First, Second & Third Order Horizontal Control
            First, Second & Third Order Vertical Control
            Construction of Control Monuments
            Any Coordinate System in any Unit
            Conventional & GPS Methods

GIS Mapping Surveys
            Utility Locations
            Physical Improvements
            Inventory and Quantity Surveys
            Interior & Exterior Storage Facilities
            Converting Paper Maps to Digital
            Registration of scanned Maps into Coordinate System

            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods

Subsurface Utility Surveys
            Utility Records Research
            Compilation of Record Data
          Horizontal & Vertical Location of Utilities         
            Subsurface Geophysical Designation
Pothole Verification of Utility locations by non-destructive method
Quality Levels A, B, C & D
            Coordination with Local One Call           
            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods

Corridor & Utility Surveys
            Rail, Highways, Bridges and Utilities
            Topographic & Easement

            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods

 Hydrographic Surveys
            Ponds & Lakes

            Conventional & GPS Methods

Environmental Surveys
            Ground Water Monitor Wells
            OCRM Critical Line
            Inventory and Quantity Surveys

            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods

Monitoring Surveys

            Conventional, GPS and Photographic Methods

Construction Stakeout
            Buildings & Improvements
            Control Networks
            Highways & Railroads

            Conventional & GPS Methods