SAM Awarded Utility Engineering Contract for Virginia Department of Transportation

February 20, 2023

SAM has been awarded the Utility Engineering portion of the I-64 Hampton Roads Express Lanes design-build project for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). We were selected as the primary geospatial partner by Dewberry, a nationwide firm of planning, design, and construction professionals, as part of the Shirley-Branch Joint Venture. SAM subject matter experts will provide spatial data for the surface and subsurface utilities for the $313.8M transportation award.

Initially, SAM crews will designate and map the horizontal location of all underground utilities within the area of interest. In locations where utilities are under the I-64 pavement, SAM will perform a thorough records research with utility owners to generate accurate 2D deliverables. Prior to our clients’ storm line installations, SAM will measure and document the depth of the utility to deliver precise 3D spatial data to have a comprehensive understanding of the design profile. After the initial designating and mapping phase, SAM will excavate 180 test holes to present “as-built” horizontal and vertical utility information, (Quality Level A), using our minimally intrusive, non-destructive air vacuum excavation technology at points of potential utility conflict.

SAM has a long-standing relationship with Dewberry built upon success, having worked on several design-build transportation contracts. We were selected based upon our history of consistently providing reliable and accurate deliverables utilizing advanced technology solutions.

Mark Goldman, Senior Project Manager, said, “SAM is extremely proud to be a part of this massive transportation project for VDOT, and we’re fully prepared to deliver the highest level of professional services. It is always a pleasure and honor to work with the Dewberry team, and SAM is excited to partner with them once again.”

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