• History of Topographic Land Surveyors

    Topographic was founded in 1958 by John Keating. John’s vision was to become the new standard in surveying excellence by focusing on emerging technologies in the field. That focus on innovation has enabled Topographic to continue to meet and exceed client expectations.

    The roots of Topographic were laid in Oklahoma. But the needs of the energy market, and the success of the company with its clients, enabled it to expand over the years into Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, as well. Today the company has 8 offices and over 300 employees.

    A Brief Chronological Timeline of Topographic's History

    • 1958

      John Keating founds Topographic Engineering Company in Duncan, OK, to provide oil and gas companies land surveys and maps. Topographic is the first to offer aerial photography of oil well locations.

    • 1964

      Topographic invests in the latest technology - a Wild T16 theodolite.

    • 1969

      Topographic establishes offices in Midland, TX. and Pampa, TX.

    • 1977

      Robert Keating joins Topographic as software developer for the Wang computer.

    • 1981

      Topographic begins development of Land Grid Data.

    • 1985

      Topographic Mapping Company is formed to provide digital maps and data. First PCs go into use at Topographic. AutoCAD 2.1 is used.

    • 1986

      Surveyors begin using the "Total Station" - the combined technology of Theodolite and EDM.

    • 1989

      Robert Keating becomes President and CEO of Topographic Companies.

    • 1991

      Topographic first uses Global Positioning System to perform surveys.

    • 1998

      Topographic celebrates its 40th Anniversary. June 12 is declared Topographic Day in OK.

    • 2005

      Topographic opens office in Granbury, TX.

    • 2008

      Topographic celebrates 50 years of business.

    • 2009

      Topographic Mapping Company began development of LandScape GIS, an online GIS tool for the oil & gas industry.

    • 2009

      Topographic opens office in Shreveport, LA.

    • 2009

      Topographic opens office in El Paso, TX.

    • 2010

      Topographic’s Granbury office moves to larger facility in Fort Worth due to the oil and gas boom in Texas.

    • 2010

      Topographic opens office in Seguin, TX.

    • 2013

      Topographic rebranding.

    • 2014

      Topographic acquires GeoSurv, Inc in Lafayette, CO.

    • 2016

      Topographic extends its capabilities in Engineering

    Continued Success from Consistent Values

    This history and keystone culture of Topographic is what led to the three tenets of loyalty, innovation and legacy that we still hold today. The three intertwine into a company that has a storied legacy in the land surveying industry, flawless execution stemming from innovation, and a family-owned culture that inspires loyalty from its employees and requires loyalty to its clients.

    We firmly believe that from 1958 to today, our company values have carried us through our continued success. Read more about our core values

    But we continue to learn, improve and deliver our client needs. To do so, we’ve grown both in footprint and in cutting-edge surveying technology know-how, leading to industry standard execution. Learn more about our work

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