Donaldson, Garrett & Associates, Inc. (DG&A) is headquartered in Macon, GA with a branch in Charlotte, NC and is a leading consulting firm providing Land Surveying to public and private clients across a broad range of industries. DG&A operates with 20 employees throughout the southeast and holds professional registration in 11 states.
From concept to construction, compliance to cost management, DG&A’s professional land surveying and science experts help our clients achieve success through uncompromising quality and cost-effective, results-driven strategies. We have nearly four decades of experience providing technical excellence with local, personal service.
With world-class expertise in a full range of Land Surveying disciplines, including: Commercial Land Surveying, Traditional Boundary & Topographic Surveys, Construction Stakeout, Utility Easement, Pipeline, Hazardous Waste Site Surveys, and Precise Optical Tooling Alignment Services, DG&A Land Surveying & Consulting provides innovative, efficient solutions tailored to our clients’ needs. Our newest division provides Drone with LIDAR laser services.
Donaldson, Garrett & Associates, Inc. was formed by Tommie Donaldson and Jim Garrett in 1991. Uniting the strengths of their experience with former “Top 500” ENR engineering, surveying, and consulting (E&C) firms provides a wide variety of services including site development, planning and design, construction phase services, environmental services and facilities operations, and maintenance services. All of the latest land surveying technological knowledge and professional experience acquired during that time is now encompassed within the new firm.
To meet the unique needs of U.S. government agencies including DoD, EPA, NASA, Department of Energy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and others, DG&A’s specialized programs provide these same services, as well as outsourcing contracts.
Our services include Topographic/Utility Surveys, Construction Stakeout, Traditional Land Surveys, Control Surveys using our Global Positioning System (GPS), Optical Tooling, Hazardous Waste Site Surveying and Sampling, and Forensic Litigation Support Services. DG&A surveyors have extensive experience in the type surveys required by consulting and environmental engineering firms, architects, institutions, federal and state agencies, utility companies, and private industry. DG&A holds a current Certificate of Qualification as a Professional Consultant with the Georgia DOT and has worked with the DOT in several counties.
Along with traditional land surveying crews, DG&A has certified OSHA trained Hazardous Waste Site Survey Crews that are available for environmental remediation projects. DG&A qualifies as a small business and joint ventures with several aerial mappers to service our clients.
Each of our crew members is equipped with the latest equipment, including digital electronic total stations, handheld computers, and electronic data collectors. An Equipment List is included which details our 4-WD and amphibious vehicles, computers, and other surveying equipment. Our CADD systems include the in-house capability to provide survey data in current AutoCad Civil 3D Format.
Our surveyors hold multiple professional certifications in 11 states and have worked throughout the Southeast as well as in Central America. Our commitment to each client is to provide superb professional land surveying services in a timely, accurate manner. Through our Forensic Litigation Support Services, DG&A is capable of surveying and mapping accident sites for the enhancement of legal proceedings. Plats, drawings (2D and 3D), and digital photography can be provided in any format required for courtroom presentation.
DG&A helps clients manage risk, reduce design and construction costs, lower the cost of facilities/infrastructure ownership, and protect the environment by delivering value-driven Land Surveying services that impact the world in which we live.
DG&A’s operations are supported by the following core values:
Client Focused: We make our clients more successful. Clients are the central focus of everyone in our company, and we excel at adding value to their businesses. Safety is first at DG&A!
Extraordinary Leadership: Leadership enables success. Talented leadership motivates and empowers our people and instills confidence in our clients.
Operational Excellence: We deliver value to our clients and shareholders. We are committed to quality and accountability for achieving operational excellence in everything we do.
Talent Driven: As our people grow so does our company. People are our greatest asset and we create a challenging and rewarding environment in which they can thrive and grow.
We are committed to helping our clients achieve not only success, but also peace of mind. We regularly conduct training sessions throughout our offices to personally educate our employees about our client-centered philosophy, and we continually promote this approach throughout our organization. Our client-centered programs include a Client Care Program and a National Client Program.
Our staff includes dedicated field and administrative personnel, extraordinary leaders, and land surveyors with expertise in many related disciplines. Their combined experience offers our clients a level of expertise matched by few other firms. By providing a challenging, rewarding environment for our employees, including an exceptional training and development program and a generous recognition program, we are able to offer our clients some of the best talent in the industry.
While we are best known for our Land Surveying and Site Design expertise, DG&A offers exceptional services across the board, including niche services such as, Topographic/Utility Surveys, Construction Stakeout, Traditional Land Surveys, Control Surveys using our Global Positioning System (GPS)Services, Optical Tooling, Hazardous Waste Site Surveying and Sampling, and Forensic Litigation Support Services. In many cases, we can manage a project from start to finish, either providing all services in-house or managing the outsourcing of some services. These integrated services help our clients save time and money and maintain better control of their projects.
Commitment to Quality and Excellence
Because our work directly affects people and the environment every day, there is tremendous responsibility associated with what we do. With a full understanding of this responsibility, our level of commitment to quality and operational excellence is unwavering. Our fully documented and implemented Quality Assurance Program, endorsed at all levels of operation, is based on the use of fully trained and certified personnel, accurately calibrated and maintained equipment, and secondary review of all proposals, reports and test data by our professionals. Through our Principal Professional Program, each project is assigned, along with a Project Manager, a Principal who has met the stringent educational, experiential, and ethical requirements.
Commitment to Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H)
The foundation of DG&A’s Environment, Safety, and Health management system is our commitment to excellence at all levels of operation. This commitment is reflected in our daily work activities, which incorporate regulatory requirements as well as industry-wide best practices. We also encourage our employees to protect the environment by minimizing waste, reusing and recycling materials, and responsibly managing energy use. Our comprehensive manual of Environment, Safety and Health programs, policies, and procedures is evaluated annually to ensure it continually supports our efforts to become a world-class organization.
DG&A provides services nationwide and takes pride in associates who provide highly accurate surveys on very demanding schedules. Our project managers, surveyors, and technicians fully understand the importance of providing complete, timely and accurate services for all our clients. Therefore, we have developed the resources to consistently devote trained crews, state-of-the-art equipment, and experienced support staff for sustained durations at service sites.
2005 Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) Plat Contest, Topographic Survey Category. Project: McDonald’s Restaurant, Columbus, GA
2003 North Carolina Society of Surveyor’s Plat Contest, Commercial As-Built Category, Project: Target Shopping Center, Charlotte, NC.
Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) Plat Contest. ALTA/ACSM Survey Category Project: Commercial Shopping Center, Macon, GA.
Plat Contest Commercial Food Establishment ALTA/ACSM
Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) Map and Plat Contest award for Topographic/As-Built Surveys
ACSM National Award. The detailed drawing was done by Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting Design (CADD) showing very intricate yet highly accurate features of Columbia Coliseum Psychiatric Hospital.
2015 North Carolina Society of Surveyor’s Plat Contest, Commercial As-Built Category, Project: Charlotte Surgical Center
- American Congress on Surveying & Mapping
- National Society of Professional Surveyors
- Society of American Military Engineers, Georgia and North Carolina
- International Right-of-Way Association
- Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia
- North Carolina Society of Surveyors
- Florida Surveying and Mapping Society
Former President and co-founder, Tommie M. Donaldson Jr. served on the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors upon appointments by Governors Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller. Membership in The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying was related to his service to the State Board. Phillip Brown is VP of SAMSOG, in line for President in 2018. Elaine Pritchard was appointed as Commissioner on Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism by Governor Sonny Perdue and re-appointed by Governor Nathan Deal.