In 1970 the founder of Surveying And Mapping, Samir "Sam" G. Hanna, left his home in Egypt and came to the U.S. with only $250 and a goal of one day financially supporting his family. From that humble beginning he has built one of the largest and most successful surveying and mapping companies in North America, employing more than 1,000 highly skilled experts located in several offices nationwide. Today the firm has become an undisputed leader in providing geospatial solutions to a wide variety of industries.
After several years in a leadership role with a national engineering firm, in 1994 Mr. Hanna established his own surveying company, Surveying And Mapping, Inc., which later became Surveying And Mapping, LLC (SAM). In 2014 the company celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding. Under Mr. Hanna's direction, the firm has expanded from its initial offering of professional land surveying services, to include digital aerial mapping, terrestrial, mobile and airborne LiDAR services, hydrographic surveying, subsurface utility engineering (SUE), utility coordination, and geographic information systems (GIS). The company also now has a wholly owned subsidiary, SAM-Construction Services, LLC® (SAM-CS), that specializes in construction services. In 2016 SAM acquired So-Deep, Inc., a company providing subsurface utility engineering and surveying services, with offices in the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. To operate in North Carolina, SAM also established So-Deep | SAM NC, Inc., which later merged with SAM, LLC in 2020. In 2018, SAM acquired Nobles Consulting Group, Inc., a leading provider of professional services in the AEC industry across the Southeast, now operating as part of SAM Companies. In 2019, SAM acquired Haag 3D Solutions., a pioneer 3D Laser Scanning firm specializing in HDS LiDAR and Building Information Modeling (BIM) services for the the AEC industry, now fully integrated into SAM, LLC. In 2019, SAM also acquired JMC Professional Surveying and Mapping, with multiple offices in Tennessee. In 2020 SAM acquired two more companies: Midland GIS Solutions, a leading GIS services company headquartered in Maryville, Missouri, and HALIS, a LiDAR and image acqusition company located in McDonough, Georgia.
In January of 2017 Mr. Hanna announced his retirement from the daily management of SAM. Today, as Founding Chairman, he continues to serve as an advisor to the management team. Daily operation of the SAM companies is led by Christopher M. Solomon, RPLS, President and CEO, who has been with SAM since its beginning. Mr. Hanna's founding philosophy for the company still remains: to stay focused on the quality of work and customer satisfaction, and to recruit the best people and provide the most advanced equipment and training. Ultimately, he believed in the importance of having talented and committed employees: “We value the people that work for us above all else,” said Mr. Hanna, “Without them, there’s no other way we could succeed.