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 client references, word-of-mouth referrals, and our work product, which exceeds our client’s expectations.

4Ward became HUB certified with the State of Texas in 2020 and looks forward to expanding our project experience and working with new clients.

Leadership

jason ward

Jason Ward
RPLS – Principal
JWard@4wardls.com

Jason and Beth founded 4Ward Land Surveying in 2009, growing the company from a one-man operation to the larger, reputable firm it is today. Jason began his surveying 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 and taught at the annual TSPS Symposium.

In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time at home with his family and working around his property on his tractor. Every fall you’ll find him watching college football and cheering on the Longhorns!

beth ward

Beth Ward
Principal
BWard@4wardls.com

Beth co-founded 4Ward in 2009 supporting business operations while working as a CPA for a commercial real estate developer. Beth graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a BBA and Masters in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas. In the early years she assisted with field work on the weekends and days off. After years of working nights and weekends, she has transitioned to 4Ward full time. Beth supports day to day operations overseeing all financials aspects of the firm. Her experience managing accounting teams and working closely with project development teams strengthens the management team and aids in growing and diversifying the business.

In her free time, Beth spends time with Jason and their three kids, Harper, Emmy and Gavin who love to be outdoors, swimming and running around their property.

Team Members

steven duarte

Steven Duarte
RPLS, Senior Project Manager
SDuarte@4wardls.com

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 residential 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.

ryan brittain

Ryan Brittain
Senior Project Manager and Crew Coordinator
RBrittain@4wardls.com

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. He has 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 is 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 festivals. Ryan has used his surveying knowledge to plan, promote and produce events from conception to completion for over 20 years. Ryan is devoted to being a team leader within the company and assisting in the direction of daily operations from proposals to project completion.

joseph lopez

Joseph Lopez
Project Manager
JLopez@4wardls.com

Joseph was the 2nd employee hired by 4Ward Land Surveying in 2011 as a Project Manager. A graduate of ITT Tech, Joseph began his surveying career in 2002. 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. He’s worked on a wide range of projects from residential surveys, to public works, commercial development and even downtown rooftop projects. Joseph oversees the Construction Staking department and communications with all the contractors.

fernando mcdonald

Fernando McDonald
Project Manager
FMcdonald@4wardls.com

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 the Fall of 2018 from Texas State University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. In Nov 2019, he passed the SIT (Surveyor in Training) exam, continuing his path to become an RPLS.

Originally from East Texas, Fernando came to the Austin area in 2015 and began land surveying shortly after. His enthusiasm to learn and grow in the land surveying field, led to his rapid growth within the firm and promotion to one of 4Ward’s newest project managers.

drew vandiver

Drew Vandiver
Project Manager
DVandiver@4wardls.com

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. He is currently pursuing his SIT certification and planning to become an RPLS.

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

anita whitley

Anita Whitley
Office Administrator
AWhitley@4wardls.com

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.