About Saunders' Surveys, Inc.

Rich History, Extensive Experience

A Century In The Family Business

The Saunders family has been surveying land in Central Virginia for a solid century. Since 1915 they have explored every mile, acre and foot of this land. To trust anyone else with it, would just be wrong.

Saunders’ Surveys, Inc. is a small engineering/surveying firm located a the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County. It was formed in July of 1991 by P. Massie Saunders, Jr. Massie is both a Land Surveyor (License #1636) and a Professional Engineer (License #22387), graduating in 1980 from Virginia Tech with a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a Civil Engineering Surveying Option. Massie began surveying with his Dad in the early to mid 70’s, carrying water and lunches for his Dad’s field crew, helping to cut line, and assisting in any way he could.

The Saunders’ have been working on engineering/surveying projects in Nelson and surrounding counties since about 1915, with more than 12,000 completed jobs. T. W. Saunders and S. E. Saunders, two brothers, began the Saunders’ surveying tradition. The tradition was continued by S. E. Saunders’ son, Paul M. Saunders and now by Paul M. Saunders’ son, P. Massie Saunders, Jr. Massie’s son, Paul, III is working with him and has passed the first parts of his surveying license requirements and is looking to be the fourth generation of Saunders to be a part of the surveying tradition in the area. Specifically Saunders’ Surveys has only existed since 1991 but the “Saunders Family” has been doing all types of surveying/engineering work in the area since the early 1900’s.

Saunders’ Surveys has completed tasks for various entities throughout Virginia, several in West Virginia, several in the D. C. area, one in North Carolina and one as far away as Puerto Rico.
The present personnel of Saunders’ Surveys, Inc. have been involved in many different types of surveying and engineering related projects: site development plans (churches, rescue squads, fire departments, small businesses, office complexes, etc.), boundary surveys, mortgage surveys, topographical surveys, construction stakeout, VDOT location surveys, sewer and water design and layout, hydrologic surveys for flood analysis, athletic facility design and layout, and surveys for photogrammetric work.

Currently, Saunders’ Surveys is using Maptech, Topcon, and Terramodel to compute, plan, and draft projects. With the software packages we have available to us, we are able to take any project from concept to completion.

We have conventional surveying equipment to take us into the more remote areas where GPS (Global Positioning System) is not an option but also can provide you with the latest in technology through our Topcon GPS equipment. GPS is a great tool but has its limitations due to the canopy in the woods (tree growth), topographic features of the site (not able to get reception from the southern skies where the majority of the satellites are located), and the interference you might get from nearby buildings. To go with our instruments, we have the latest in technology in hand held computers that allows us to upload and download projects in seconds so that you have all the necessary tools to take care of many projects in the field with a single visit.

Solid Relationships

Saunders’ Surveys is known throughout the surveying/engineering profession and works with many larger surveying/engineering firms as a subcontractor. Firms that we have worked with include Wiley Wilson in Lynchburg, Va., Hurt & Proffitt, in Lynchburg, Va., W W Associates in Charlottesville, Va., Timmons Group in Richmond, VA, Draper Aden at Glen Allen, Va. We've also worked with the U.S. Forest Service in association with the George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail

Contact Us today to see if we're a fit for your next job. We take pride in our work and will give you the most accurate, professional results in Central Virginia. To see some of our latest work, visit our Current Projects Page.