Advanced Technology Sets SAM Apart

Nobody delivers more accurate data

At SAM, we are obsessed with providing clients critical geospatial data faster and with even greater accuracy. To meet this ongoing challenge, we deploy the industry’s most advanced software and hardware in everything we do—from surveying and mapping to BIM, utility engineering, and inspection services. And we push today’s technology further than anyone.

Our commitment to technological advancement enables us to quickly capture and optimize the complete and accurate data necessary to meet every client’s unique needs.

We’re taking technological advancement into the future

Using the best technology isn’t enough. We are also committed to driving technological change. We work closely with our technology partners to push their hardware and software forward and deliver products that are faster, more flexible, and more accurate than ever before. It’s how we provide the industry’s most accurate data.

But our use of technology doesn’t stop in the field. Our team of developers, analysts, and technicians use our proprietary data processing system to tailor every data set to a client’s specific needs. Using the latest in high-speed computational workstations, we can deliver data in a wide variety of formats, including all industry standards. SAM can even give our clients and teams secure access to real-time program data, whether they are in the field, in the office, or on the go.

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Innovative Technology Solutions

SAM’s Applied Technology team fuels innovation. The team of data scientists, Geomatics, and engineering professionals are continually evaluating new instruments and sensors and developing software to give our clients a competitive edge. We research, evaluate, test, and deploy innovations to create greater value for our clients.

SAM develops proprietary software incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence to streamline geospatial workflows, improving the collection, inspection, classification, and inventory of assets. We are advancing spatial data collection, providing insightful analysis, and have championed predictive analytics to provide the safest, most cost-efficient solutions for the nation’s critical infrastructure.


Proprietary Technologies

SAM uses the most advanced instruments, fueling progress through technological innovation with proprietary software. SAM has extensive experience throughout the infrastructure life cycle to apply these innovations.

We are advancing spatial data collection, analysis, and predictive analytics, to provide the safest, most cost-efficient 3D models for planning, design, and operations of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Examples of our software innovations includes:

SAM Inspect

Our proprietary inspection management software incorporates machine learning and artificial intelligence to streamline Geospatial workflows, helping improve the inspection, identification, classification, location, and inventory of structures and components acquired via digital capture. To find out more, see our Innovation Series video on SAM Inspect™.

SAM Field

Available for iOS and Android devices, our apps offer a cloud-based, paperless approach to field data collection, providing our clients with a workflow that maximizes speed, efficiency, and accessibility. To find out more, see our Innovation Series video on SAM Field™.

SAM Milestone

This proprietary system helps SAM meet our clients’ needs efficiently by focusing on their essential program milestones. We identify the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and adapt our tracking workflows to align with the major contract milestones. This provides business insights into the schedule, budget, and quality of the work with full client visibility.

SAM Capture

This proprietary software has components for both field and office utilization and supports the life cycle of collected spatial data by creating a traceable and verifiable system for the entire workflow of field crews and supporting assets. SAM Capture™ is a tablet-based application developed to organize, catalog, and transfer field data to the office each day, saving management time and eliminating errors. Reports are automatically generated, allowing for real-time progress monitoring of multiple field crews and helping ensure adherence to client standards. The platform also supports asset management and planning for managers to monitor equipment utilization and firmware updates, making it easy to manage equipment and inventory for financial reporting.

SAM Vantage

A proprietary software technology that transforms utility asset data into rich visualizations of integrated surface and subsurface attributes. By bringing multiple datasets together in an interactive, multi-dimensional format, SAM Vantage™ enables the synthesis of data into meaningful analytics for intelligent 3D deliverables. Providing visual context for assets and conditions, SAM Vantage™ allows clients to make better decisions more quickly and easily for managing site assets, from engineering due diligence, through design, construction, and operations. To find out more, see our Innovation Series video on SAM Vantage™.

SAM Integrity

This customized system provides a web-based, cloud-hosted solution to manage, maintain, and analyze GIS data. Powered by Open-Source software, SAM Integrity™ offers a simple, modern interface to accomplish Geospatial analysis in a user-friendly environment, whether using a desktop, tablet, or smartphone device. Users can update attributes, link scanned records, or attach photos for visual reference, all using custom workflows for maximum efficiency. Easily links to CAMA software and 4-Way oblique photo viewing applications. Advanced printing tools offer superior stability, mobile accessibility, and options for print size, resolution, and quality enhancements. SAM Integrity™ clients can expect to receive the highest level of customer service from our highly trained GIS staff, who provide remote technical support, phone support, and live web-based training. To find out more, see our Innovation Series video on SAM Integrity™.

Industry-leading data management, hosting, and storage

To support our technology services, SAM owns and operates a high-performance and high-capacity computing environment. All of our services and operations are backed by an enterprise-class network, computing, and data storage system. We use both local, distributed, and cloud computing systems for computing throughput and efficiency and comprehensive data management practices provide additional security for your data. Our IT infrastructure provides availability, security, integrity, and storage for all of our data. Also, it features secure offsite replication at our disaster recovery site for complete data protection. SAM’s system meets comprehensive industry audit standards for data security and availability.

Our operating environment currently consists of 50 physical hosts and over 580 virtual servers, as well as over 800 high-performance workstations and laptops, and more than 350 “ruggedized” field tablets with multiple cellular connections for efficient data collection and submission. Our dedicated data processing nodes include over 650 cores in the primary data center alone and our network handles over 1.5 Petabytes of data flow every day.

The enterprise is managed with best-in-class tools and practices to ensure the protection of all data. What’s more, our IT systems are monitored around-the-clock and supported by an internal IT team with an extensive depth of experience.