Stan Thompson, PLS


In 1970, I was a 16 year old farm boy working as a laborer on a road construction project cleaning ditches and running errands. The state inspector for the road project needed someone to help him check elevations on the road grade by holding a level rod. Thus began my career in surveying.


In 1973, I graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology and began working for a local land surveyor on rural farm boundaries in the mountains of Virginia. By 1980, I had worked for 3 surveying/engineering firms operating in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky on everything from city lots to atomic power plants. From 1980 to 1986, I worked for a major eastern railroad doing track design and right-of-way mapping. From 1986 to 1991, I worked for an engineering firm in Northern Virginia managing surveys of boundaries, subdivisions and construction. In 1991, I joined a defense contractor in Florida building computerized geographic information systems (GIS) for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Air Force. In 1993, I returned to West Virginia and implemented a digital mapping department for a local surveying company converting hundreds of USGS quadrangle maps, while simultaneously supervising a railroad track and bridge construction project for a large coal mining operation. In 1996, I started my own company to provide GIS, mapping and database programming services to the coal, oil & gas and land management industry in the Appalachian Basin.


Today, I am a licensed professional land surveyor in 5 states. Although I do not practice land surveying directly, my surveying background, education and experience is the reason I can provide GIS support for my clients that own and manage millions of acres of land with coal, oil & gas and timber assets throughout the US. Surveying truly is one of those unique professions that combines practical common sense with state of the art technology and centuries-old historical documents to build society's bridge into the digital information age.


Along the way, I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from professionals in numerous fields, including surveyors, civil engineers, railroad/highway/bridge design engineers, mining engineers, geologists, architects, planners, photogrammetrists, land managers, and computer programmers.


It is important to understand that everything about our lives has been touched by a surveyor in one way or another. Every city, town, street/road/interstate, power/water/sewer line, property corner, building, skyscraper, seawall, manufacturing plant, railroad, tunnel, coal mine, oil/gas well, nuclear power plant, and even the Great Pyramid of Egypt has been influenced by surveyors from the original conception of the project to the final asbuilt location. The surveyor is the first person and last person on the ground for virtually any land or construction project. From stakeout to asbuilt, the surveyor sets and maintains the control necessary to locate your property line or to build the highest skyscraper or to mine the lowest coal seam or to drill the deepest gas well.


Stan Thompson

Huntington Technology Group, Inc.

Huntington, WV