SAM’s History

A strong foundation in providing industry-leading service

In 1970, Samir “Sam” G. Hanna left his home in Egypt and came to the United States with only $250 and the goal of one day financially supporting his family. From that humble beginning, Mr. Hanna built one of the largest and most successful surveying and mapping companies in North America, with more than 900 highly skilled experts located in offices nationwide. Today, the firm is an undisputed leader in providing geospatial and construction solutions for a broad range of markets.

Surveying And Mapping Inc.—now Surveying And Mapping, LLC (SAM)—was founded in 1994 to offer professional land surveying services, including digital aerial mapping; terrestrial, mobile and airborne LiDAR services; hydrographic surveying; subsurface utility engineering (SUE); utility coordination; and geographic information systems (GIS). The company subsequently expanded its service line to include a range of construction services, such as construction engineering and inspection (CEI).

“We value the people that work for us above all else. Without them, there’s no other way we could succeed.”

Sam Hanna

Leadership today and into the future

In January 2017, Mr. Hanna retired from SAM’s daily management. Today, as Founding Chairman, he continues to serve as an advisor to the management team.

SAM’s daily operation is led by Christopher M. Solomon, RPLS, President and CEO, who has been with SAM since its beginning. Mr. Solomon is carrying SAM’s legacy of excellence in service for clients and commitment to technology leadership forward to the next generation.

“SAM has always pushed to stay at the forefront of industry advancements to benefit our clients. It’s part of our DNA and always will be.”

Christopher Solomon

Team
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SAM’s expansive growth

Today, SAM includes one wholly-owned subsidiary, SAM-Construction Services, LLC® (SAM-CS), which specializes in construction services.

From its founding, the company has been guided by Mr. Hanna’s philosophy: to focus on the quality of work and customer satisfaction, recruit the best people, and provide the most advanced equipment and training. To that end, the company has acquired a number of firms across the U.S. to further grow its network of industry-leading service providers.

With additional acquisitions, the company continues to expand its depth and breadth of services across the country. These acquisitions have included:

2016 – So-Deep, Inc.

A leading provider of subsurface utility engineering services headquartered in Manassas Park, Virginia. The acquisition leveraged the combined strengths of two AEC industry leaders to enhance project value for clients and expand SAM’s geographic footprint to the East Coast of the U.S.

2018 – Nobles Consulting Group, Inc. (NGC)

A leading provider of professional surveying services across the Southeast. The investment enabled SAM to continue expanding our geographic range while providing the Nobles team resources and expertise to expand its service offerings.

2019 – Haag 3D Solutions (H3DS)

A division of Haag Engineering Company, an innovator in 3D Laser Scanning and Building Information Modeling for the AEC industry. This acquisition grew SAM’s presence in the Northeast and provided the H3DS team the opportunity to expand their services across SAM’s nationwide footprint.

2019 – JMC Professional Surveying and Mapping, LLC (JMC)

A provider of surveying services across the southeast U.S. With offices in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, this acquisition helped further expand SAM’s geographic reach and service offerings.

2020 – Midland GIS Solutions

The Midwest’s largest GIS design and consulting firm, located in Maryville, Missouri. This acquisition contributed to SAM’s expansion of GIS capabilities, services, and market engagement.

2020 – HALIS

A company specializing in aerial data acquisition and processing across the U.S., and located in McDonough, Georgia. This acquisition expanded SAM’s aerial mapping, processing, and data hosting capabilities and services.