Austin, TexasSurveying And Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.) signed a Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with 3-GIS, LLC, an Esri-recognized developer of GIS software. This agreement allows SAM, Inc. to integrate 3-GIS's Express Solution software with SAM Inc.'s GIS capabilities to provide leading-edge GIS solutions.

The software, which runs on the ArcGIS platform from Esri, includes two main components: 3-GIS Network Express (Nx) and 3-GIS Field Express Chameleon (Fx), plus a synchronization engine that automatically synchronizes cached data.

The ability to integrate the software through this VAR will enhance SAM, Inc.'s capabilities to provide implementation, data acquisition, migration, conversion and hosting services. These services will compliment SAM, Inc.'s business which includes airborne and mobile LiDAR, traditional surveying, subsurface utility engineering (SUE), utility coordination and construction services. The agreement will also allow the firm to offer an integrated, Esri-based GIS solution to the electric and gas distribution, telecommunications, electric transmission, oil and gas pipeline, and transportation industries.

The decision to become a software reseller was based on a number of factors, including that the software provides robust functionality through configuration without requiring custom programming; allows mobile users to capture, edit and update data in an extremely efficient and cost effective manner; and is functional on multiple mobile platforms, tablet computers and smartphone devices using Windows Mobile, Android and iOS operating systems.

According to SAM, Inc. president Samir "Sam" G. Hanna, "We're very excited about this new partnership and the enhancements it will bring to our GIS capabilities."