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SB&O's Land Survey Division helping build Southern California's infrastructure

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SB&O Inc. has been side-by-side with local general contractors for over 40 years, helping build communities and key infrastructure throughout Southern California. For the past 20 years, SB&O has supported a clientele that consists predominantly of general contractors and developers. Due to long-standing relationships, and the intrinsic value that working with people for long periods of time brings, SB&O is able to continue to assist clients during economic change.

Through a 40-year long learning curve, SB&O has mastered the art of adaptability. Mentoring, education, stewardship and teamwork have all combined to help staff incorporate responsiveness and flexibility into the service experience provided to clients. This approach provides an invaluable service to clients -- for whom success is dependent upon an ability to quickly adapt and respond to the schedules and needs of clients. Since 1967, SB&O has built a reputation on unparalleled dedication to client satisfaction.

"While project types and contract delivery methods are changing, so is the process by which we provide land surveying services," said Vice President and Survey Department Manager Mike Butcher. "Our field crews and office staff are more educated and offer experience that is consistent with current technology."

SB&O expanded into the Inland Empire Region beginning in 1998, and currently has offices in Ontario and Temecula. The Corporate office continues to serve the greater San Diego County area.

SB&O provides a well-diversified range of services, as evidenced by these representative projects:

¥ North San Diego County Transit Development Board Sprinter Mainline Construction Project, Escondido to Oceanside: Construction staking for the reconstruction of approximately 22 miles of railroad in an existing rail corridor, including removal of existing facilities and replacement of all civil work, track, ties, ballast, bridge and culvert structures, retaining walls, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, drainage improvements, and roadway and "rail trail" facilities. The construction also included 14 individual transit stations, intermittently spaced along the rail corridor.

¥ Lancaster Water Reclamation Plant, Stage 5, Lancaster, Calif.: Construction staking, including creation of digital terrain models and virtual staking for machine guidance, for expansion of recycled water pump station and storage facilities including construction of four reservoirs, storm drainage and yard piping.

¥ Relocation of Pipeline III, San Diego: Construction staking for the construction of 1,365 feet of 72-inch finished inside diameter welded steel pipe, cement-mortar lined and dielectrically coated with armor coating; three tunnel shafts, 1,155 feet of tunnel for the pipeline under state Route 94.

¥ Eastern Transportation Corridor, Irvine, Calif.: Construction staking for the 28-mile toll road that begins at the Riverside (91) Freeway, west of Gypsum Canyon Road, travels through Gypsum Canyon toward Irvine, splitting into two legs at Santiago Canyon Road. The east leg joins Interstate 5 at the Laguna (133) Freeway and the west leg merges with Jamboree Road south of I-5 in Irvine. Initial construction began in June 1995 and was completed in February 1999, 14 months ahead of schedule. Project included 11 interchanges, 65 bridges and 300 linear miles of utilities and drainage systems. The $712.6 million project involved moving 55 million cubic yards of earth, laying 1.3 million tons of asphalt and pouring 450,000 cubic yards of concrete. The project also included the widening of I-5, Highway 91 and the construction of additional lanes on 2.5 miles of the existing Foothill Toll Road.

Submitted by SB&O Inc.

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