32nd Edition | 2nd Quarter 2023

Director's Note

Commitment to Safety

Here at GEL, safety remains a top priority and has always been embedded into our culture as one of our Core Values. Commitment to safety is crucial for creating a secure and healthy work environment for our employees and the communities the we serve. It requires consistent effort, involvement from all employees, and regular evaluation of safety practices.

The GEL Group companies currently hold an EMR of 0.80, standing well below the industry average. We are proud of our track record over the years but safety is always a work in progress. The environments we work in involve ever-changing risks and hazards which require continual attention and refinement of procedures. As our approach evolves, we remain focused on these key principles:

  • Embrace the belief that all incidents can be prevented.
  • Commit to an employee-owned safety process.
  • Ensure resources are available to train employees to perform their jobs safely.
  • Identify and control all workplace hazards.
  • Require strict compliance with safety and health laws and regulations.

Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment requires focus and faithful effort from every member of our team. We applaud their commitment and vigilance in keeping themselves and the public safe.

J. Derek Bradner P.E., PLS


Company News
Our Newest Team Members

Tyrone Mills | SUE Technician

Raleigh, NC

Graham Godwin | Summer Intern (SUE Group)

Raleigh, NC

It was great seeing you at these 2nd Quarter events!

HxGN LIVE Global 2023

Jason Lowe with Michael Cook of TopoDOT at HxGN 2023

Laser Scanning Manager, Jason Lowe joined TopoDOT Senior Applications Engineer, Michael Cook to present at HxGN LIVE Global 2023! Their presentation on June 14th focused on two case studies highlighting the benefits of LiDAR technology for monitoring and analyzing surfaces. HxGN LIVE is a digital reality technology conference that offers exciting insight into the future of digital reality and the power of autonomy. This was our first experience at HxGN and we were thrilled to be a part of such an amazing event!

SC Engineering Conference 2023

We were pleased to be exhibitors once again at the SC Engineering Conference & Trade Show in downtown Charleston. Scott Smith and Greg Tyler attended this year and enjoyed their time connecting with friends and peers in the SC engineering industry. GEL Engineering also exhibited this year. Jonathan Sigman, P.E., representing their Structural Engineering group, delivered an exceptional presentation on the City of Savannah's historic wall preservation program. We look forward to seeing you at next year's event!

Smith and Greg Tyler at the GEL SC Engineering Conference & Tradeshow

Career Opportunities

Your next opportunity is waiting for you!

We are always looking for highly motivated, energetic professionals who share our culture, core values and goals. If you fit that description and would like to be part of a well-respected firm, enhance your skill set, and work with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in our industry, we invite you to apply. 

Raleigh, NC

SUE Technicians I, II, III

Regional Survey Manager

Charleston, SC

SUE Field Supervisor

Visit our careers page for a list of regularly updated postings.

Upcoming Events

GEL Solutions looks forward to seeing you at the following event:

SASHTO 2023 Conference

August 5-9 | Mobile, AL

We'd love to talk with you!

Service Highlight

GEL Solutions employs licensed and registered professional land surveyors with the knowledge necessary to provide accurate and reliable geospatial information. Our personnel have ample experience performing a broad range of surveying services and we use this experience to provide technical accuracy to every surveying project. Our survey teams have completed hundreds of complex surveying projects throughout Georgia and North Carolina for various clients including departments of transportation, municipalities, and private firms. GEL Solutions offers a full range of surveying services and maintains a comprehensive list of the latest equipment and drafting/mapping software. By performing surveying services outlined in your scope of work using our licensed professional surveyors, your data will be reliable, accurate, and defensible. We have the right people, with the right skills and proper equipment, all at an affordable hourly rate.

Our Surveying Services Include:

Route Location Surveys

Boundary Surveys

Plat and Legal Description Preparation

Topographic Surveys

Tree Location

Wetland Surveys

Right of Way Surveys

Photogrammetric Ground Control

Volumetric Surveys

Pavement DTMs

Easement Surveys

Demolition Surveys


Engineering Design Surveys

Rail Surveys

Utility Surveys

Visit our website for more details about our surveying services.

Team Highlights

Dangerous Situation Involving a Blind Curve Averted

Richard Ringler

Regional SUE Manager, Richard Ringler and his crew were working on a project in a high traffic area when he observed some kids on skateboards and scooters rolling down a hill that led into a blind curve. Suddenly, one of the kids veered into the oncoming traffic lane, unaware of a truck quickly approaching from the other end that he could not see. Richard yelled and waved the kid over before the truck made it to the curve, potentially avoiding a catastrophic situation.

We commend Richard and our field personnel for their innate situational awareness and for always staying alert to protect themselves and fellow citizens.

Subsurface Fun Facts

Archaic Water Pipe Uncovered in Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC has always been known for its rich history. History lovers and archeologists are drawn to the region as historical artifacts are still commonly discovered in and around the city. While many treasures have been discovered through targeted searches, some are stumbled upon by accident.

Back in 2018, while installing a new 42-inch water main, workers from Charleston Water System were surprised to discover a century old water pipe. The pipe was made of wood staves held together with metal bands, a design described as similar to a tubular barrel. The finding puzzled the utility's staff who had no idea it was there.

Cast iron was the primary material being used for pipes in the region since as far back as 1879, so the fact that this section of infrastructure was made of wood added to the excitement of the discovery. Officials explained, "Long-abandoned wooden pipes left beneath older communities aren’t unheard of, but century-old utility plans typically don’t pinpoint their location and rarely is one ever dug up." Records indicated the utility was was installed by 1918 and taken offline by 1933.

Read more about this discovery in the referenced article here by Water Online.

In North Carolina, any engineering and surveying services are performed by GEL Engineering of NC, Inc. from the Greensboro and Raleigh locations.