Serving Up State-Of-The-Art As-Builts Since 2002

PPM Company History

Precision Property Measurements was founded by Derek Caldwell in Huntington Beach, California in January of 2002. Derek first became interested in property measuring in college, at the suggestion of his mother Nancy, a landscape architect.  Nancy urged Derek to pursue the trade for one simple reason: She hated measuring properties herself!  Her passion was designing beautiful landscapes, and the prospect of spending a whole day out in the sun taking measurements, which more often than not ended up with some errors anyways, held absolutely no appeal.  Derek soon learned that his mother was not alone in this sentiment – most creative design people that he met understood how critical it was to have accurate As-Built plans for their projects, they just didn’t want to spend their time creating them – and they weren’t particularly good at it anyways.  From this basic need PPM was incorporated with the goal of making accurate As-Built drawings easy to obtain.

In 2003 Derek was joined in the business by Andy McFarland, a lifelong friend ever since they met in Kindergarten in 1983.  Andy had recently left the banking industry and was looking for a new career path.  The two had always shared an interest in mathematics, and they found that As-Built measuring was essentially an interactive geometry problem.  They set out to create building measuring and drafting systems that would minimize the probability of errors through mathematical best practices.  To this day, it is this adherence to strict measurement and quality assurance systems which is the strength of PPM’s As-Built process.

PPM moved to Long Beach in the summer of 2004, to take advantage of the city’s proximity to several major Southern California freeways (as well as excellent quality of life). In January 2005, Tawny Correa and Colin Lenkeit were hired as PPM’s first full-time production employees, a decision that has looked better and better in the succeeding 11 years. In fact, throughout our 14+ years in business, we have been fortunate enough to attract and retain extremely talented and hard-working individuals at PPM. More than anything else, this has been the primary reason for our growth and success.

Our goal is to be North America’s leading provider of As-Built surveying and data collection services.  To achieve this goal, we are continuously innovating and improving the way we do business. We are actively building our network of professional surveyors, and developing improved production and project management systems to ensure a uniform standard of accuracy and high quality. With over 12,000 As-Built projects completed, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience that we can bring to bear for our clients.

We hope to be able to put our passion and talent to work for you on your next As-Built survey project.