About Us

4Ward Land Surveying was established in 2009 to provide a higher level of surveying service that is more attentive to the client’s needs. 4Ward focuses on producing a high quality product that addresses the client’s current and future needs on their site. We use the most advanced equipment and CAD programs to efficiently produce projects that are complete and accurate.

Our team is continuously researching and learning about new technology to utilize to become more efficient and cost effective while continuing to maintain high standards. We rely on references from clients and work to exceed expectations.


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Jason Ward
RPLS – Principal

Jason is the founder of 4Ward Land Surveying, growing the company from a one-man operation to the larger, reputable firm it is today. Jason began his career in 1998 as an instrument operator and quickly discovered his passion for land surveying. After gaining experience in the field, he advanced to a CAD Technician which provided him the opportunity to expand his knowledge of surveying. As he worked on completing his Bachelor’s degree at Texas State University-San Marcos, he took on the responsibility of Project Management. In 2001 he completed his Surveyor-In-Training certification and became a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) in 2004. Jason’s project experience includes public works projects, residential subdivisions, commercial developments, office/warehouse complexes, multi-family, retail centers, oil and gas projects and many others.

Jason has been a member of the Austin chapter (Ch. 13) of the Texas Society of Professional Land Surveyors since 2004. He has served on the Executive Committee from 2006-2013 including a term as Chapter 13 President. Jason also co-developed a para-professional course that he teaches at the annual TSPS Symposium.

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Beth Ward

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Team Members

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Steven Duarte
RPLS, Senior Project Manager

Steven joined the 4Ward Land Surveying team in 2012 as a Project Manager. Originally from New Orleans, Steven graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He started surveying in 1998 working on projects in Texas, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington and earning his RPLS designation in 2007. Steven’s experience ranges from house title surveys to City of Austin and Travis County projects, such as the Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk and Bee Creek Rd widening, to Design survey services for many local commercial developments.

Steven has served on the Executive Committee of the Austin chapter (Ch. 13) of Texas Society of Professional Surveyors since 2009. He most recently completed a term as the Chapter 13 President.

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Ryan Brittain
Senior Project Manager and Crew Coordinator

Senior Project Manager and Crew Coordinator for 4Ward Land Surveying. Ryan brings over 35 years of surveying experience to 4Ward Land Surveying. Ryan has been with 4Ward Land Surveying since 2017. Extensive knowledge in land development surveying, and guidance through the entire process. Ryan has decades of experience in boundary, land title, ALTA/NSPS surveys, platting, easements and metes and bounds, geodetic surveying, hydrographic surveying, topographic and tree surveys, route & and pipeline surveying, municipal surveying projects, construction and construction coordination, geodetic control networks, TxDOT and Corps of Engineers surveys, 3D digital scanning, water and wastewater treatment plants, aerial mapping and extraction, LiDAR, mobile LiDAR and LiDAR extraction, floodplain and LOMR surveys, crew coordination and much more. Ryan has years of knowledge regarding Texas real estate and a prior real estate professional in commercial, ranch, single family and multi-family real estate. Ryan has been an event production manager, producer and promoter of hundreds of events, specializing in large outdoor music fesrivals. Ryan has used his surveying knowledge to plan, promote and produce events from conception to completion for over 20 years. Ryan devotes his time to being a team leader within the company and assist in the direction of daily operation and operations flow from proposals to project completion.

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Joseph Lopez
Project Manager

Joseph was the 2nd employee hired by 4Ward Land Surveying in 2011 as a Project Manager. A graduate of ITT Tech, Joseph has over 15 years of experience in land surveying. Beginning his career as a field technician he quickly moved into the office as a CAD technician. Joseph has worked with Jason since 2004 and has been instrumental in the growth of the company and development of employees. Joseph serves as a project manager handling our client’s construction staking needs.

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Fernando McDonald
Project Manager

Fernando McDonald started his career at 4Ward Land Surveying in early 2017 as a survey technician. He has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Land Surveying Technology/Geomatics and graduated in Fall 2018 from Texas State University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.

Fernando came to the Hill Country area in 2015 and began land surveying shortly after. Originally from East Texas, Fernando’s rapid growth has made him one of 4Ward’s new project managers.

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Drew Vandiver
Project Manager

Drew Vandiver joined the 4Ward team in spring of 2017, where he worked from field technician to survey technician. An Austinite since 2005, Drew graduated in 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in History. He completed the certification in Land Surveying Technology/Geomatics from Austin Community College in 2018.

Drew brings a well-rounded knowledge base to the table as he serves as one of 4Ward’s newer project managers.

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Anita Whitley
Office Administrator

Anita Whitley is the Office Administrator joining the 4Ward Land Surveying team in October 2013. She is from Huntsville, Texas where she attended Sam Houston State University studying Education and Business. Anita moved to Austin in 1991 and is certified through the City of Austin Small Business Development Program. She has acquired over 20 years of bookkeeping and office management experience working with local small businesses throughout her career.

In her free time, Anita spends time with her husband of over twenty years who is involved in Austin civil engineering and is an Austin area musician. She has two college aged children and enjoys hiking with her lab, Rocky II.