About Us

Ben Drerup, LS, MAA - Director of Surveying

Professional Experience

Mr. Drerup has worked in the land development industry for the past nine years; Mr. Drerup is a licensed professional  land  surveyor  (GA LS003162)  with training and work

experience including boundary and construction surveying, GIS, resource management policy, civil engineering, cultural and statistical analysis, hydrological analysis and hydraulic design.

Mr. Drerup's has managed and worked on surveying projects ranging from municipal sewer lines, state highway improvements, large multi-phase residential subdivisions, county geodetic control networks, and ALTA/ACSM, boundary and topographic projects on large and small scales.


Middle Georgia College, Cochran, GA: (Surveying Certificate - Dec. 2005)

University of Maryland, College Park, MD: (Masters of Applied Anthropology - June 2003) Focus on Resource Management & Land Planning Policy

University of Georgia, Athens, GA: (BA-Anthropology, Minor-Spanish – June 1997)

Honors/Summa Cum Laude

Georgia Institute of Technology: (Sept. 1993 - March 1994)

Eric Johansen, RLA - Director of Land Planning

Professional Experience

Mr. Johansen is a Registered Professional Landscape Architect having over 10 years of professional experience spanning land planning and design, project management and team building, land use and zoning issues, President of a captive design/build general contracting firm, and providing architectural signage solutions. The main focus of his career has involved the complex land planning and unique problem solving for his Client’s needs. He has a wide range of experience with all facets of site development and construction for projects of all sizes. He has performed land planning services, due diligence studies, developed site plans and construction documents for commercial, industrial, office, residential and multifamily developments. He has extensive experience with zoning and land use issues and site related permitting issues. He also has a vast amount of experience related to building construction and construction administration & management. As a Principal Member of Inland Surveying his responsibilities include daily operations of the company, business development, government relations and client management.

Mr. Johansen is a current member of the Gwinnett County Tree Advisory Committee, he is a former member of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission serving as Chairman from 2006-2008, is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2008-2009, serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, serves as a local umpire for the Gwinnett Braves Minor League Baseball team and continues to further his umpire knowledge working both collegiate and high school baseball in the Southeastern United States. Additionally, he coaches youth sports for his children and volunteers in the local community.

University of Georgia, Athens Georgia: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 1999


GSWCC Level II, License Number 0000026876

Landscape Architect, State of Georgia, License Number 001515


Jimmy Carter Pedestrian Enhancement Project for Gwinnett Village CID
Gwinnett County, Georgia – Design and Construction Documents for the sidewalk installation and transportation safety enhancement project along Jimmy Carter Boulevard stretching from Buford Highway to Best Friend Park.

GDOT Landscape Design under Gateway Grant for Gwinnett Village CID
NE intersection of Jimmy Carter and Interstate 85, Gwinnett County, Georgia – Landscape Design and construction documents for the renovation of a former service station site.

Johnny Free - Director of Field Operations

Professional Experience

Mr.  Free has more than 16 years experience in the Land Surveying and Mapping Profession. He served in the United States Military were he achieved the National Defense Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, and U.N. Multi-National Forces Medal to name a few. Currently he is a Principal Member of Inland Surveying, and has the operating title of Director of Field Operations. He has worked in the past as a Project Manager, GIS Technician, Field Crew Supervisor, and Instrument Operator for Land Surveying Companies and Government Agencies in Georgia, Florida and Washington State, with his entire working experience being in the Land Surveying Industry. He has experience with but not limited to ALTA/ACSM Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Topographic Surveys, Military Specific Surveys, Transportation Route Surveys, Pedestrian Sidewalk and Trail Surveys, Power Transmission Route Surveys, Wetland Mitigation Surveys, Geodetic Surveys, State, Federal, County and City Municipal Surveys along with providing extensive Construction Layout for Commercial, Residential and Government Projects. He has worked on a variety of Meets and Bounds, and Public Land System Boundary Surveys in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Washington State. He is also an active member of his community volunteering for Specific Projects thru Hands on Atlanta.


St. Martins College, Olympia, Washington: 1999-2001 (Surveying Certificate)

Middle Georgia College, Cochran, Georgia: Present (Working Towards Surveying Certificate)


Notary Public: State of Georgia, Hall County, Expires September 20, 2013

Certified Flagger: State of Georgia, (Current) State of Washington (Lapsed)

Certified CPR/Basic First Aid: (Current)

Basic & Advanced GPS Certificate: Leica Geosystems

Certificate of Continuing Education: Math for Surveyors, Error Analysis, Celestial Observations, State Plane Coordinate Systems, Aquatic Boundaries, Practical GPS, Legal Pitfalls for Surveyors, Corner Evidence Analysis, Land Descriptions, Understanding Errors in Measurements.

Chaz Waters - Chief Executive Officer

Professional Experience

Mr. Waters has over 14 years of professional experience ranging from General Contracting, Project Management, Construction Management, Development, Consulting and Real Estate Brokerage in North and Central America.  The focus of his career has ranged the gambit from residential (single and multi-family), industrial and commercial properties taking on a myriad of roles depending on the varying needs generated by the projects.  Problem solving align with “out of the box” thinking has allowed him to overcome various obstacles when faced with development and/or use related issues in order to facilitate a positive outcome for the project. Mr. Waters has completed project for such as:  AHP, Apache Plastics, BP Amoco, CertainTeed, ConAgra, Debuekler, Dow Chemical, Diamond Plastics, Drake, Einstein Bros., Fieldcrest Cannon, General Electric, Johnson Controls, PepsiCo, Philips 66, Proctor & Gamble, Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Rock-Tenn Corp., Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe, Saint-Gobain, Schmalbach-Lubeca, Shaw Industries, TimberTech, White Lighting, US Filter/Siemens, Vantage Plastics, and Velcro just to name a few. As a member of Inland Surveying, his responsibilities include daily operations of the Company, business development, Client management, real estate transactions and development.


Mr. Waters is a member of the Contractors Benefit Association (CBA), and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and The Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR).


University of Georgia Southern, B.A. in Marketing, Management and Finance.


Licensed Real Estate Agent:  State of Georgia Real Estate license number 284698

Rich Fogarty - Chief Administrative Officer


Mr. Fogarty has over 10 years of professional experience including general contracting, construction management, real estate brokerage and development consultant for residential, multi-family, industrial, and commercial properties across the Southeast. He also has a wide range of surveying experience, including boundary, ALTA/ACSM, topographic, as-built, GPS and construction layout projects. As a member of Inland Surveying his responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, business development, logistical coordination, client management, survey technician and estimating among others. Mr. Fogarty’s breadth of development experience, ranging from site identification through design permitting, construction, and property marketing; represents an invaluable resource to Inland Surveying and to our clients.


 University of Georgia Southern Bachelors of Science.


Licensed Real Estate Agent: State of Georgia Real Estate license number 284698

Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Certified: Certification number 0000055977