hamilton engineering & Surveying, LLC

about us

Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC is a civil engineering and surveying firm with more than 30 years of experience offering land planning, surveying and mapping, permitting, environmental, civil engineering, and drone services across Central Florida and the Gulf.

who we are

Founded in 1989, Hamilton Engineering & Surveying strives to provide clients with the highest quality services with a vision for professionalism, integrity, and excellence. Established in Tampa, the firm has since expanded to a second office in Orlando, Florida. The Tampa location sits between downtown Tampa and the Westshore Business District; the Orlando office is located south of Baldwin Park, just minutes from downtown.

Hamilton Engineering & Surveying's technical expertise includes rezoning, conducting a variety of surveys, designing master utility plans, permitting for local and federal agencies, stormwater modeling, and providing construction administration. With a prominent presence in Central Florida, Hamilton Engineering & Surveying's services have significantly contributed to a variety of residential, commercial and industrial land development projects.

Our dedicated work ethic and exceptional ability to communicate has led to successful partnerships with our clients, municipalities, and regulatory agencies from Miami to Pensacola, including five Water Management Districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Our team can seamlessly adjust to unique scenarios and present several options to overcome the most complex of issues. Our work consistently considers how to improve the surrounding environment build a better community.


Hamilton’s expertise includes:

  • Rezoning/Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Site Investigation
  • Due Diligence Entitlement Review
  • ALTA/ACSM Surveys
  • FEMA Elevation Certificates
  • Construction Surveys/Plats
  • Local, State and Federal Permitting
  • LOMR Applications
  • Site Planning and Design
  • Storm Water Management Systems
  • Landscaping and Irrigation
  • Construction Administration/Inspection
  • Preparation of Bid Documents & Contracts
  • Wetland Delineation/Mitigation
talented crew

Our team

Hamilton’s Leadership Team is a group of dedicated, ethical individuals whose cumulative industry experience surpasses 200 years in the state of Florida. The partners have continued to lead Hamilton Engineering & Surveying to be recognized as one of the 50 fastest growing companies by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

An accomplished leader and founder of Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC, Jack Hamilton has been actively engaged in civil engineering in the Tampa Bay Area since 1984. His expertise has contributed to the engineering design and permitting for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial land development projects across Central Florida and Florida’s West Coast. Mr. Hamilton’s experience includes all components of the survey and design process, such as feasibility studies, rezoning, permitting, water and sanitary sewer systems, pavement structure, site geometry, and the preparation of bid documents and contract administration. In the past, he has served as Project Manager, Designer, and Principal-in-Charge for numerous public and private projects. Mr. Hamilton is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

jack s. hamilton, jr. p.e.

Lucas Carlo is the Director of Engineering and Senior Vice President at Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC. He joined the HESI team in 2000 and is experienced in civil and geotechnical engineering. Mr. Carlo’s responsibilities include total site design, permitting, construction administration, and as-built certifications. He has served as Senior Project Manager for multi-family developments, including HUD and affordable housing, hotels and mixed-use developments, subdivisions, K-12 and higher education, commercial office, and retail projects. Mr. Carlo is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Civil Engineering.

Lucas Carlo, P.E.
Director of Engineering/
Senior Vice President

Ryan McCaffrey is the Director of Entitlements and Project Manager at Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC. Mr. McCaffrey has been successful with future land use amendment, rezoning, and zoning amendment applications with local governments throughout Central Florida. He also specializes in site feasibility investigations and platting. In addition to his experience with construction permitting and platting with various government agencies, Mr. McCaffrey has extensive professional and academic training with GIS programs and Florida’s Growth Management and Community Planning Acts. Mr. McCaffrey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Geographic Information Science. He also has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Florida. Outside of work, Ryan is an avid golfer.

Ryan McCaffrey, AICP
Director of Entitlements/
Project Manager

Aaron Murphy is the Director of Surveying and Vice President at Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC. He started with HESI in 2010 and has over 15 years of experience in the land survey industry. As a Licensed Professional Surveyor, Mr. Murphy has extensive knowledge of new technology and techniques that provide timely and accurate survey services. He earned a Master of Business Administration from University of South Florida and has provided management and leadership for a wide variety of projects with an emphasis on large scale residential and commercial projects. His expertise includes boundary, topographic, construction layout, as-built/record survey, control survey, quantity survey, and mean high water line survey. Brought up in Tampa, Aaron is an avid fan of local sports teams. Aaron supports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, and—most of all—Tampa Bay Lightning…… Go Bolts!!!

Aaron Murphy, PSM
Director of Surveying/
Vice President

Joe Clark is the Director of Construction and Senior Survey Project Manager at Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC. Mr. Clark joined HESI in 2011 and is a highly qualified Project Manager with over 28 years of experience. He started his career working in the field as a rod person, instrument operator, party chief, and project coordinator on projects through the Tampa Bay region. Mr. Clark’s expertise includes a broad range of surveying projects, such as boundary surveys, wetland delineation and mapping, aerial photography, hydrographic survey, quantity survey, and layout services.

Joe Clark
Director of Construction/
Sr. Survey Project Manager

Drew Carnahan is the Director of Construction Administration at Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, LLC. Mr. Carnahan joined HESI in 2015 and monitors projects through all stages of construction as the designated representative for the Engineer of Record in the field. He is responsible for overseeing field testing, managing constructability issues, acquiring approvals from appropriate agencies, compiling as-built information and creating record drawings. Mr. Carnahan has over 8 years of experience as an inspector and earned his Associates Degree from Hillsborough Community College. He enjoys the scenic outdoors and recently hiked to the top of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park.

Drew Carnahan
Director of Construction Administration