Southwest Inspection and Testing was incorporated in 1956 and has been based in La Habra, CA for the life of its business. We serve Los Angeles, San Diego, and all of Southern Californian, providing a guarantee of safety, efficiency, and profitability to building owners, architects, engineers, developers, builders, and contractors.Following a motto of “accessibility, speed, and flexibility,” Southwest Inspection and Testing prides itself on being a full service company. We take responsibility for client projects for every moment of our involvement. And we believe the result shows through in our portfolio and our lasting relationships with past clients.Southwest Inspection and Testing has provided services leading to the successful completion of hospitals, schools, high-rise buildings, public works projects, and over 1.5 million residential structures. We invite you to find some examples under the Projects tab on this site, or to use the Contact Us link to request additional references. While you’re at it, please feel free to arrange a visit to our laboratory and meet our staff to discuss your particular inspection needs.Southwest Inspection and Testing and each of its staff are fully licensed and insured, and hold a range of certifications issued by the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles; the California Department of Health Services; Department of Transportation; the International Accreditation Service; the Concrete and Cement Reference Laboratory; and more.

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Steven L. Godbey

Steve Godbey grew up in the construction industry, his family owned a concrete construction company that was started by his grandfather in the 1920's. Steve worked for the family firm until the early 1980"s, when an opportunity came along to go into the inspection and testing industry. In 1986 he started Southwest Inspection and Testing company, using a family California corporation that was founded in 1956. Steve is a well known presence in the industry, being fair, honest and trustworthy are his trademarks. Steve imparts that attitude to all of his employees and insures that they reflect those same values. Steve's door is always open and his phone is on, so please feel free to call or drop by to discuss your inspection and testing needs.



Kathey Godbey

Kathy Godbey has been with Southwest since 1986, she understands the inspection and testing industry very well. Kathy oversees all of the billing operations in the firm, she has experience in billing, project budgets, project budget tracking, and cost analysis for future project estimating. Kathy has been a major key to the success of the company. Ms. Godbey holds a degree in interior design.


Jacob L. Godbey, MA
Vice President

Jacob L. Godbey is third generation in the Geotechnical, Inspection and Testing Industry.  Mr. Godbey has over 10 years of experience developing the commercial, educational and hospital divisions of Southwest Inspection and Testing.  Overseeing business development, cost management, project scheduling, cost estimating and document control.  Mr. Godbey is committed to raising the bar in his industry.  Holding a masters degree in cognitive behavioral psychology and graduating summa cum lade at the top of his class from the University of San Francisco.  Mr. Godbey takes a hands on leadership approach with his clients and team members.  Mr. Godbey believes in hiring the top individuals in his industry, giving clients the quality they deserve.


Zafar Ahmed, PhD, GE, PE
Principal Engineer






Anna Commodore-Lockyer

Placing the proper certified inspectors on projects throughout Southern California, coordinating projects with superintendents and/or project managers.

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Abnish Rajbanshi, MS, Civil, E.I.T
Laboratory Supervisor

Oversees the daily laboratory operations, dispatching Field Technicians to various jobs, supervises laboratory technicians in logging, marking and proper handling of test specimens.


Jay Dresner
Inspection Supervisor/Estimator

Conducting accurate estimates through 35 years of experience, supervising all inspectors and SWIT's jobs ensuring quality and consistency of inspections, liaison between owner/Developer of projects and inspectors, estimator for all housing projects, estimator for all multi-family dwellings.



Michele Spicer
Laboratory Distribution



Bertha Echerverry
Typing Department / Distribution



Errol Asayas
Quality Control Laboratory Manager
Reviews Laboratory Operations



Ian R. Waddell
Southwest Inspection and Testing Principal Engineer