Civil Engineering and Permitting

Civil Engineering Services; aerial view of completed civil engineering project in an urban center

Civil engineering is at the core of our service offering, and always has been. Our work in this area ranges from small site plan approvals and subdivision permits to the planning and oversight of multimillion-dollar industrial complexes. The area we serve stretches from the towns surrounding our Cumberland, Maine headquarters to the other New England states and beyond.

How does the civil engineering process work?

Every project is different, but it always starts the same way: with us listening to your needs and goals. We encourage all our clients to bring us into their planning process as early as possible. Getting us involved early also ensures you’ll have plenty of time to review the technical details, any permitting implications, and our innovative and cost-sensitive recommendations.

What makes SME different among civil engineering companies?

Dedicated Project Management

As an SME client, you’ll be assigned an experienced project manager who will work closely with you from your project’s origin to its final closeout. This end-to-end commitment has earned us the privilege of turning many important clients into longtime partners.

Full Range of Civil and Environmental Services

From site selection support to construction management and oversight, we offer a full complement of services to see your project through, start to finish. We can also provide ongoing permit services to help you stay compliant.

Streamlined Permitting Processes

Over the course of more than 35 years, we’ve built close working relationships with many of the municipal, state, and federal review authorities. These relationships, combined with our thorough understanding of codes, regulations, and the various regulatory requirements, position our clients for streamlined project approvals.

Legislative Monitoring and Consulting

We’re proactive on the legislative front, working closely with professional and technical societies as well as state and local agencies to stay on top of the pending legislation and/or trends in rules that could affect our clients’ projects.

A Deep and Talented Bench

We know the success of our firm hinges on the talent and commitment of our professional and technical support staff. We work hard to maintain our status as a top-choice firm for talented engineers.

Smart Technologies

We apply in-house capabilities in state-of-the-art CAD, GIS, aerial imaging, and other advanced modeling software to maintain high levels of quality and productivity in deliverables. These technologies are essential tools for providing the client with full project insight, such as the ability to review several different site layout or design options.