Dawood, an international engineering and technology firm, hired Michael Gray as subsurface utility engineering (SUE) manager and Mitchell Argall as SUE operations manager to lead the company’s growing subsurface utility engineering (SUE) division. SUE empowers Dawood clients to depict underground utilities through noninvasive methods.

Dawood SUE Manager Michael Gray (center) and SUE Operations Manager Mitchell Argall (right) discuss engineering and surveying project technologies with SUE field technicians Marchand Jacobs (left) and Erik Benson (foreground).


“With nearly 50 years of combined experience, Michael and Mitchell strengthen our in-house surveying capabilities with SUE-B solutions—minimizing schedule and cost overruns caused by unforeseen buried utilities and enhancing worksite safety,” said Joab Carter, PLS, senior survey manager with Dawood.

SUE-B enables Dawood to better manage risks associated with U.S. Federal Highway Administration-defined utility quality levels by designating a utility’s horizontal position through geophysical processes. Gray and Argall integrate geophysics with surveying and mapping to deliver SUE projects throughout the utility and energy sectors, including damage prevention and investigation, compliance auditing, line identification, leak detection, and meter maintenance for gas and electric customers.

“Dawood Engineering is fortunate to bring onboard experienced locators such as Michael and Mitchell,” said Cindy Khalaf, PE, director of energy for Dawood. “Their acumen and training enhance our team’s ability to deliver accurate data that may save a life and mitigate asset damage risk for our utility customers.”

In 2018, Gray created a groundbreaking educational program for SUE field technicians—providing necessary principles involving reading prints, magnetic theory, electric and communications grids, gas pipeline distribution, and Autodesk AutoCAD software. Instruction included utility global positioning system locating processes, damage prevention, and line identification.

About Dawood

Dawood Engineering transforms global infrastructure. Celebrating 30 years of excellence, Dawood is an Esri Silver partner employing certified geographic information systems (GIS) technologists and professional land surveyors who unite GIS, building information modeling (BIM) and leading-edge surveying solutions—elevating asset and data management. The Dawood family of companies has planned and designed sustainable environments throughout the U.S., features dedicated Government Finance Solutions, and extends GIS and BIM in Eurasia through ArchiTube, its 3D technology arm in Poland. Dawood delivers award-winning visual design and predictive analytics to utility, energy, transportation, industrial, planning, economic and land development, environmental, municipal, real estate, and retail clients. The company’s workforce development, mentor-protégé, and community programs advance STEM, diversity, and inclusion. Dawood is an EMSDC-certified MBE firm.

About SUE

SUE is a quality-driven process to locate, map, and illustrate utilities in preliminary project stages. It combines geophysics, surveying, civil engineering, and excavation techniques to avoid utility conflicts.