Oil & Gas

SAM provides complete pipeline, well field surveying, exploration and production, aerial mapping, data management services, and construction services to the oil and gas industry.

Capacity, Experience & Safety

Successful oil and gas production depends on an understanding of geospatial landscapes. We've built our reputation on providing just that. With over 900 employees, including more than 130 licensed professionals, and 200+ survey crews, our oil and gas surveying teams are staffed and equipped for projects of any size and complexity, including for both Pipelines and Exploration & Production (E&P) projects. SAM also provides services for Pipeline Integrity and Field Engineering Support.

drill rigSAM offers a complete set of geospatial services to support E&P. With extensive experience on projects for numerous clients across North America, we can support the entire development cycle. We utilize the latest technology and software to maximize field productivity and produce the highest quality deliverables to meet E&P project requirements, including for GIS data management and survey plat exhibits. Additionally, the large scale and range of our operations allows us to mobilize and deploy surveying assets in a timely manner for even the largest projects.

Op-Qual Certified for AOC, H2S / OSHA 10, and DOT Compliant, we have extensive corridor mapping experience delivered in client-specified formats such as BlueSky AlignDB, AutoCAD, MicroStation, and ArcGIS. Our aerial mapping group is staffed with experienced photogrammetrists and technicians, operating the latest digital photogrammetric workstations. SAM also provides comprehensive LiDAR acquisition and data processing services, which include aerial data acquisition from both fixed wing aircraft and helicopter as well as land based acquisition from fixed and mobile platforms. SAM can work with your in-house database management systems, such as PODS or APDM, to format legacy job book data into a digital solution. SAM can also provide a range of construction services including Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI).

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Our complete range of pipeline services include:

Pipeline & Well Field Surveying

  • Deed Research
  • Primary & Secondary Control
  • Aerial Photo Control
  • Parcel Mapping
  • Boundary Surveys
  • Well Location Staking & Unit Surveying
  • Design Surveys
  • Metes and Bounds Descriptions
  • Right-of-Way Easements
  • Permit Exhibits
  • Plan & Profile/Alignment Sheets
  • Preliminary Centerline/ Alignment Staking
  • Construction Staking
  • As-built Surveys
  • Nearbuilt Data Access
  • Plant & Facility Site Surveys


Centerline Data Services

  • Desktop routing
  • Feasibility mapping
  • Legacy data integration
  • Procurement/Asset tracking and mapping
  • Bulk data formatting
  • Workflow documentation and standards


Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)

  • Record Research/Data Collection
  • Visible Surface Feature Survey
  • Utilities Locator Services & Utility Marking
  • Non-Destructive Vacuum Excavation
  • CAD Plan Preparation
  • Conflict Identification
  • Utility Relocation Plan

Aerial Mapping and Ortho Imagery

  • High Altitude Route Selection Imagery
  • Low Altitude Engineering Design Imagery
  • HCA Study Support Imagery
  • FERC Application Support Exhibits
  • Orthorectified Imagery for GIS Base Maps
  • Planimetric Feature Identification & Mapping
  • Contour Maps
  • Plan & Profile Sheets
  • Digital Terrain Modeling
  • Preliminary & Georectified Parcel Mapping


Exploration & Production

  • Drill Points and Pad Locations
  • Mapping for Land Agent Reviews
  • Pre-staking Planning
  • "Soft" Staking for Preliminary Review
  • Final Construction Staking
  • Access Routes
  • Gathering Alignments
  • Land Use or Damage Plats
  • Boundary Surveys for Unit Designations
  • As-drilled Plats for Complete Project Closings


Pipeline Integrity & Field Engineering Support

  • Depth of Cover (DOC) Surveys
  • Anomaly Surveys – Dig Staking and Pipe Replacement As-Builts
  • Hydrotest Survey Support
  • Asset Mapping
  • Above Ground Marker (AGM) Surveys and Reports
  • Inline Inspection (ILI) Data Mapping and Alignment
  • Records and GIS Asset Management
  • Record Validation & Gap Analysis

"SAM's field work was outstanding. They did a great and thorough job. Their field guy was very good at tracking down pipe accounting information for every piece of material that went into the ground. He had a good work ethic, kept things on track, and was easy to get along with."

Energy Company Project Manager