SAM Mergers & Acquisitions

SAM is the nation’s largest combined geospatial and construction services firm, providing technology-enabled infrastructure solutions across a wide range of markets. We are committed to providing our clients fast, accurate, industry-leading results, and we see merger and acquisition opportunities as a key part of our strategy to meet evolving client needs and provide our people with exciting new opportunities. Through both organic growth and acquisitions, we’ve dramatically expanded our service offerings and geographic footprint.

With twelve acquisitions in the past five years, we’re continually making strategic moves to support our corporate development.

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Recent acquisitions include:

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 GIS website deployment services.


2021 – John F. Watson & Company (JFWCo)

A multi-service land surveying and consulting firm located in Midland, Texas, specializing in energy and natural resource development. With extensive experience in the electric market, including numerous renewable and transmission projects, JFWCo’s strong reputation and client relationships throughout the U.S. helped expand SAM’s capacity and solutions for clients in the electric market, and further diversify our client base.


2021 – R&S Digital Services, Inc. (R&S)

A leading provider of hosted, web-based GIS solutions available to clients through cloud services. Located in Great Bend, Kansas, R&S’s expertise helped expanded SAM’s already strong GIS capabilities for delivering GIS website deployment services across multiple markets, and particularly for delivering high-value solutions for public sector clients.

2021 – Marbach

Marbach, Brady & Weaver, Inc. and Marbach-Palm, Inc., collectively known as Marbach, are a multidisciplinary land surveying and engineering company operating in the Great Lakes region. With two offices in Indiana, Marbach has delivered services to clients for more than 100 years and has a strong reputation and deep client relationships throughout the region.

2021 – The Whiddon Group

The Whiddon Group is a Texas-based company specializing in utility engineering services and delivering conflict analysis services on projects for departments of transportation, design-build and other contractors, engineering firms, and utility companies.

2021 – Johnson Surveying and Mapping

A full-service professional land surveying firm serving the southeastern U.S. with licenses in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, and with particularly strong relationships with clients in markets that include utilities, land development, and other public sector clients.

2021 – Ghiotto & Associates, Inc.

Ghiotto is a full-service firm licensed in Florida, with strong client relationships in public works such as transportation, including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and with other local government clients as well as private markets such as commercial development.

What sets SAM apart

SAM stands apart from other firms in our category by providing services across a diverse range of growth-focused industries. Clients may use numerous partner firms throughout a project lifecycle, but SAM plays a vital role in providing the foundational data, input, insight, and oversight critical to a project’s success. Our size, depth, and commitment to technology and innovation equip us to mobilize anywhere in the country and quickly deploy a diverse range of specialized services across the most complex and challenging projects for our industry-leading clients.

While we have a scale advantage over many of our competitors, we’re entrepreneurs at heart and have built a culture that values flexibility, agility, and most of all, our people. Our focus on and expertise in professional geospatial data solutions and construction services provides an unparalleled value proposition to our clients, and current and future employees.

Partnership Insight

A Depth of Resources that Add Value

“Having been approached by many firms over the years, SAM was the first firm that actually added value and services to our firm. SAM added major service offerings that we could not market before, added valuable expertise and provided the back office scale and training we were missing to grow. On the employee side, SAM also improved the benefits for the employees, provided a clear path for the growth of our employees and established long term stability that we didn’t have before.”

— Allen Nobles, founder, owner and CEO of Nobles Consulting Group, Inc.

Partnership Insight

An Entrepreneurial Spirit that Encourages Growth

“Coming from a small business, team members’ opportunities to grow within the company can be limited. SAM provides me, as the founder of a small business, confidence that opportunities will be available for my staff to further their career. SAM’s business model encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. Along with the corporate services and putting the most technologically advanced tools in the hands of its staff, this allows me continue to grow my business and to focus on what I enjoy most.”

— Joseph Colvin, founder, owner and CEO of JMC Professional Surveying & Mapping, Inc.

We’re ready to grow with you

We’re actively seeking merger and acquisition partners as part of our corporate development strategy. Our strengths and long-standing client relationships with industry leaders make SAM an ideal acquisition partner. We are looking for talented management teams that possess similar core values and are interested in bringing their specialized expertise and leadership to a growing firm that will provide value-adding benefits to our collective people and clients. Contact SAM today to discuss opportunities to join our fast-growing organization.

Partner With Us

Dan Pollock, our Manager of Corporate Development, can assist you with all of your Corporate Development needs.