Robert H. Goslee & Associates, P.A.

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Robert H. Goslee & Associates, P.A., began operation as a sole proprietorship in March 1969, and was primarily concerned with land surveying, land planning and consulting forestry. Mr Goslee chartered the practice and utilized ten years of experience in surveying, engineering and construction to get the business up and running. The company continued to grow, and in 1972 Manley Davis Carr came aboard as an associate. In 1986, Bob Jones Jr. joined the firm as an associate. The firm experienced continued growth, and in 1994 a branch office was opened in Wallace, North Carolina in order to better serve clients in Duplin and Pender counties.

Utilizing the latest state of the art technology, the firm flourished, and in 1995, was incorporated as Robert H. Goslee and Associates, P.A. In 1998 the firm changed hands and Manley Davis Carr took over the role of president.
Mr. Carr was President of the company and the professional in charge of the Wallace office until his passing in 2022. Elizabeth Smith is the current President and the company operation has been consolidated to one office located in Wallace NC.  With Mr. Bob Jones still on staff, we have more than fifty years of surveying experience.

Our Professional Staff

Robert H. Goslee, PLS - Founder  (1933 - 2017)

  • Professional Land Surveyor
  • N.C. License No. L-1195

Robert H. Goslee was a 1955 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry. Upon graduation from College, Mr. Goslee enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned as an officer to the Eighth Engineer Battalion at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Upon completion of his tour of duty at Camp LeJeune, Lieutenant Goslee was transferred to the Third Marine Division in the Far East. Numerous military construction projects were undertaken and completed while he was stationed in Okinawa.

Upon return to the United States and civilian life, Mr. Goslee was employed as a surveyor by John Talbert & Associates, Consulting Engineers. Talbert & Associates were primarily involved with the design and construction of airports. In 1969, Mr. Goslee founded Robert H. Goslee & Associates. The focus of the firm originally was land surveying, land planning and consulting forestry. Land surveying and land planning quickly became the primary focus of the business. The firm grew under his leadership utilizing highly qualified associates, and was incorporated in 1995.

Mr. Goslee was past president of the Southeastern Chapter of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors, a life member of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors, a member of the American Society of Photogrammetry, and a life member of the American Congress on Surveying and mapping. Mr. Goslee was also selected by Governor James G. Martin to be a member of the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Land Records in 1987.

Manley Davis Carr, PLS, CFS (1949-2022) 

  • Professional Land Surveyor
  • N.C. License No. L-2850
  • Certified Floodplain Surveyor

Manley Davis Carr graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in 1967 and entered the Wilmington College per-engineering program with an emphasis on Surveying and Mapping. Drafted into the United States Army in 1970, he was assigned to the school for artillery surveyors and later to the school for construction surveyors. Mr. Carr served a tour in Germany where the primary mission in surveying was control surveys for artillery fire bases and control surveys for construction sites around various military bases. After active duty, he was assigned to the U.S. Army reserve unit in Wilmington, North Carolina and was employed by Robert H. Goslee and Associates as a crew chief in May 1972.

In June 1979, he became a registered Surveyor in North Carolina. In March 1998, Mr. Carr became the President of Robert H. Goslee & Associates, P.A. During his surveying career he has been involved in many projects including mortgage loan surveys; boundary line surveys; Control Surveys for dredging projects, roadways, water and sewer projects; GPS surveying for quality control points in 13 counties for the State of North Carolina floodplain mapping project and many aerial photo-grammetric projects in eastern North Carolina.

Mr. Carr was an active member of the Wallace Chamber of Commerce, and served as Santa during the holiday season. He was active in his church and in Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors, American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, and the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Bob M. Jones, Jr. PLS, CFS

  • Professional Land Surveyor
  • N.C. License No. L-2977
  • Certified Floodplain Surveyor

Bob M. Jones, Jr. started surveying in 1979. While still working part time, he attended and graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College with an A.A.S. Degree in Surveying Technology with a 4.0 grade point average. While attending college he passed the first surveying exam and became a Surveyor in Training. He was licensed in 1986 and went to work for Ragsdale Consultants, a Consulting Engineering firm. Later in 1986 he joined the staff of Robert H. Goslee & Associates. Professional competence has enabled Mr. Jones to advance from his initial position of crew chief to the professional in charge at the Wilmington office.

Retracement surveys and boundary surveys are his specialty. Bob works with Collie Rescue of the Carolina's doing home visits with prospective adopters.

Elizabeth Smith, PLS

  • Professional in Charge
  • N.C. License No. L-5195

Elizabeth “Beth” Smith started with the company as a CAD drafter in 2006.  After discovering an interest in the surveying profession, Beth decided to further her education through NC A & T State University’s distance learning program, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics in 2013 and her Professional Land Surveyor license in 2014.  As a Staff PLS for Robert H. Goslee & Associates, her experience with several software programs, including Carlson, Bentley and ArcGIS, is useful for analyzing field data and providing clients with maps and other information to fit their needs.  Beth enjoys spending time on the family farm and is active in her church.