SAM Awarded a Contract in Florida to Map Water Infrastructure

March 2, 2023

SAM has been awarded a contract to provide geospatial services for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The program is part of a Citywide water infrastructure asset inventory. Due to the tight timeline, SAM is working in collaboration with multiple professional service firms to support the work.

The SAM geospatial team will provide aerial LiDAR, color orthophoto imagery, mobile mapping, Subsurface Utility Engineering, and GPS location surveys to generate accurate spatial data which will integrate seamlessly into City’s Geographic Information System (GIS).

“We are excited to contribute our broad geospatial expertise to this undertaking,” said SAM Senior Project Manager, Ethan Herbek, GISP. “The combined efforts of our Aerial Mapping, GIS, and SUE departments will provide the City of Fort Lauderdale a suite of data to drive projects and decision making.”

SAM’s deep experience working with engineering firms and local governments will contribute to the overall success of the program. SAM has eight offices located in Florida, and for several decades, we have built a strong reputation as a trusted, reliable advisor serving Florida businesses and communities.

SAM’s full suite of geospatial services, as well as our unrivaled experience in utility inventories for asset management, enable our team to tackle large-scale programs on abbreviated schedules.

Please see below for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s recent announcement:

Citywide Water Infrastructure Inventory Underway

Post Date: February 22, 2023 4:00 PM

The City of Fort Lauderdale has engaged a team of surveying companies to document the precise location of all of the City’s water infrastructure including:

  • water mains
  • valves
  • meters
  • fire hydrants

The information gained from this assessment will be used to produce a detailed map of all water infrastructure in the city that can be used to guide operations and maintenance activities and help the City plan for future capital improvement initiatives. To complete this high-priority project, the City has contracted with the following surveying companies:

  • Craven Thompson & Associates, Inc.
  • Woolpert
  • Surveying And Mapping, LLC (SAM)
  • Keith & Associates, Inc.
  • M. G. Vera & Associates, Inc.
  • Craig A. Smith & Associates, Inc.
  • InfraMap
  • Zeman Group
  • Ritzel‐Mason
  • McLaughlin Engineering
  • Stoner & Associates

These firms will be utilizing a variety of mapping and utility locating methods to identify all surface and underground water infrastructure that is maintained by the City of Fort Lauderdale. Vehicles belonging to each of these companies will be traveling throughout the City on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

While there are no lane closures or parking impacts expected due to this project, crews will require access to alleyways and streets within gated neighborhoods. Neighbors can expect to see temporary markings on streets, sidewalks, and meter boxes. Mapping efforts are expected to be completed in December 2024. We thank our neighbors for their patience while this important work is underway.

For more information or questions, contact:

Sylejman Ujkani, City of Fort Lauderdale Program Manager
954-828-5963 or

Richard D. Pryce, PSM, Craven Thompson & Associates Vice President, Survey & G.I.S.
954-739‐6400 or

City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center
954-828-8000 or