SYDNEY 02 8814 5502
NEWCASTLE 02 4925 2557

Our History

Surdevel Pty Ltd specialises in the surveying and project management of urban & rural subdivisions and is involved in many large residential projects within Sydney, the Hunter and many other regions of New South Wales and Queensland.

The Company was established in Swansea, NSW, in 2000 by Registered Surveyor Stephen Lawler. Since this time the firm has grown to include a software development branch with the common focus on automation of information management systems.

SurDevel is now located in the CBD of Newcastle as well as Norwest Business Park, Bella Vista expanding our client base even further.

SurDevel bases it's operations upon the utilisation of the latest systems and technology in the development industry, including GPS and the most sophisticated information management packages available. The structure of the company is driven by research into efficient, automated office and field systems in conjunction with traditionally valued survey practices.

SurDevel | Surveying Newcastle | Surveying Sydney | Our History

Stephen Lawler

Managing Director & Registered Surveyor


  • Certificate in Surveying, Newcastle TAFE 1989
  • Bachelor of Surveying, University of Newcastle NSW 1994
  • Completed Board of Surveyors Registration Exams 1997

High Level of Experience in

  • Land & Cadastral Surveys
  • Property & Survey Law
  • Torrens & Old System Titles
  • Community & Strata Titles
  • Draft 88B Instruments - Easements & Covenants
  • Subdivision plans
  • Consolidation Plans
  • Lease Plans for registration
  • Subdivision Engineering Works
  • Contract Documentation
  • Civil Design Management
  • Sewer & Water Design
  • Negotiator with statutory & other authorities
  • Feasibilities, Due Diligence, Development Costings
  • Urban Design, New Urbanism, Contemporary

Professional Experience
Over 25 years survey experience in private practice in NSW including:

  • Urban & Rural Subdivisions
  • All types of Land Surveying
  • Design & Project Management of Large subdivisions
  • Civil Design (Road, Drainage, Sewer & Water)


  • Board of Surveyors NSW


  • ISNSW (Institution of Surveyors NSW)
  • SSSI (Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute)

Craig Shepherd

Development Manager - Planning, Building & Construction


  • Licensed Builder NSW 93476C
  • GreenSmart Professional - 2005
  • Management & Team Leadership Cert IV
  • Associate Diploma Building - 1994
  • Marketing Diploma - 1989
  • Trade Certificate - 1983

High Level of Experience in

  • Contract Preparation, management and interpretation
  • Extensive experience in building design, construction & delivery
  • Understanding the property markets, including; sensitivities, cycles, trends & forecast
  • Broad knowledge of relevant legislation, codes and policies
  • Research & analytical skills

Professional Experience
Over 34 years experience in both private & public practice including;

  • Urban Design
  • Planning
  • Home and medium density design and construction
  • construction of infrastructure
  • large residential buildings
  • Health & education facilities
  • mining infrastructure
  • landscape design
  • construction and project management
  • marketing and sales

Memberships & Insurances Held


  • ISNSW (Institution of Surveyors NSW)
  • SSSI (Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute)
  • UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia)
  • ACSIS (Association of Consulting Surveyors Insurance Society)

Insurances Held

  • Professional Indemnity ($5m)
  • Public Liability ($20m)
SurDevel | Surveying Newcastle | Surveying Sydney | UDIA Membership
SurDevel | Surveying Newcastle | Surveying Sydney | ACSIS Membership
SurDevel | Surveying Newcastle | Surveying Sydney | ISNSW Membership
SurDevel | Surveying Newcastle | Surveying Sydney | SSSI Membership