Founder Robert Watts, RPLS has been asked many times in the past twenty-one years why he chose “Chaparral” for the name of his company. His answer is always something along the lines of “I just liked the way it sounded”. (And no, the Chaparral was not his high school mascot).
Starting in 1995 with a single employee, Robert’s vision was for a much larger operation, a company that would offer complete surveying support for land development projects. He didn’t really consider any names along the lines of “Watts Surveying”; he wanted a name that would give clients a feel for our willingness to take on large commercial projects in Central Texas, and beyond.
We grew into our name, and have ±35 employees (10-12 field crews) at any given time working on projects from Liberty to Junction, Dallas to McAllen!
The word Chaparral describes a southwestern ecosystem, and is also the nickname of the Roadrunner bird native to that environment.
And like our namesake, we are fast, scrappy, and well-adapted to the surveying needs of the design professionals of Central Texas!