About CESI Civil-Geotechnical-Surveying

CESI Civil-Geotechnical-Surveying is a multi-disciplined design and consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and professional surveying.

CESI was established in 1978. For more than 40 years CESI has provided due diligence, design, and construction support services for residential, industrial, and institutional projects throughout the Charlotte region, across North Carolina, and in neighboring states. We at CESI strive to provide quality professional services for our clients, from project conception to completion, that seek to minimize change orders and preserve the integrity of the construction budget.

CESI’s offices are located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, but with easy access to project sites across the Southeast.

The CESI team is made up of experienced professionals with many years accumulated experience not only in the technical aspects of plan design and approval, but also the practical aspects of construction means and methods required for project development. Clients have found our deep familiarity with construction useful for both greenfield development, and for large-scale site-and-building redevelopment projects, as well.

The Executive Team

With over a century of combined experience, CESI prides itself of having an industry leading team of experts.



As President of CESI, Jim oversees the activities of 50 professional and technical personnel. He joined CESI in 1986, and today he is responsible for leading the firm and focusing on corporate operation, client relationships, employee engagement and business development.

Jim is a Professional Land Surveyor in 5 eastern states and brings over 45 years of experience to our team. He is an active member of Cabarrus Rotary and serves on the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

“Our team provides quality professional services to our clients from project inception to completion. We are there when you need us.”


Executive Vice President | Vice President of Geotechnical Engineering

Mr. Eaves received his license in 2002 and joined CESI 2006. He manages the environmental due diligence, geotechnical engineering, and construction materials testing for our firm and oversees daily operations of materials testing and geotechnical engineering staff, performs field evaluations and inspections, and reviews all field reports and test data. His experience with CESI includes residential, institutional, commercial, municipal, and industrial projects. These project scopes include geotechnical investigation, environmental assessments, subgrade evaluation, laboratory testing of the soils, field density testing of mass earth fill, utility trench backfill, foundations, reinforced concrete and masonry, structural steel, asphalt, and concrete paving.


Secretary-Treasurer | Vice President of Civil Engineering

Ms. Underwood received her license in 2007 and joined CESI in 2014. An officer in the North Carolina Air National Guard, she is trained in leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. As our Civil Engineering Project Manager, she is responsible for client contact, project design and production, and overall project coordination. Ms. Underwood has had the opportunity to design, permit, coordinate, and manage a variety of design-build and design-bid-build projects.


Vice President of Surveying

Mr. Haywood joined CESI in 1997 and has served in many capacities since then. He initially worked in the field leading survey teams performing all types of location, construction, and control surveys, but then transitioned to office support providing computation and mapping expertise to support numerous field crews. Prior to becoming Project Manager for CESI, Mr. Haywood spent several years providing close surveying and technical support on selected projects for our engineering team. Mr. Haywood received his PLS in 2009 and is a professional and business leader for CESI. His project experience includes providing services for public clients on projects such as the NCDOT Route Locations Contract, USACE - Wilmington District, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, the Cherokee National Forest, and numerous private and industrial clients.


Statesville Branch Manager

Mr. Reese has over 30 years of experience serving on both sides of the design and construction spectrum. He has been licensed since 1992 and began his career working in grading and paving as a Project Manager overseeing construction for municipal, institutional, and commercial projects. A leader on the CESI team since 2006, Mr. Reese’s comprehensive experiences allow him to create designs which make sense to a contractor and are economical for the client. He believes issue resolution drives project schedules and budgets, and strives to apply his energy and engineering knowledge to help create projects that meet the client’s needs, budgets, and schedules.



Mrs. Hathcock joined CESI in 1999 as a CPA. She handles all accounting functions including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and all banking transactions. She also manages employee benefits such as securing insurance providers, analyzing options, and implementing changes. Mrs. Hathcock is also responsible for responses to Request for Qualifications.

CESI takes pride in their community. Many members of the CESI team serve in community organizations such as the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Concord Rotary Club, the Concord Downtown Development Corporation, the Cabarrus Arts Council, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and the Carolina Thread Trail, among many others.