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Our Story

who we are

We are a consulting firm serving communities for more than half a century.

Our company creates solutions and designs that actively improve the future of our communities. Named after our founder, George Houston, Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) first opened its doors in 1968 as a civil engineering and surveying firm in Fargo, ND. Since that time, we have expanded our capabilities, our staff, and the geographic area we serve. Today, we provide a full range of civil engineering, surveying, environmental, planning, and technology consulting solutions for clients across the United States.

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We first opened our doors in 1968 as a civil engineering and surveying firm.


We started with one office and have grown to 11 locations across the Upper Midwest.

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We have served clients in more than 42 states as well as in Mexico and Canada.

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We take pride in our biggest asset, our people.

our values

We are people first.

Client-Focused Mindset

Simply put, when our clients are successful, we are successful. Our clients have always been our highest priority, and we give them our best effort every time. We value being seen as a trusted partner and are grateful to earn repeat business.

Committed to Quality and Excellence

We believe that true excellence lies not only in the final result, but in every step of the journey. This commitment to quality is ingrained in our culture, reflected in the caliber of our team, and evident in the outstanding results we achieve.

Striving to be the Ideal Team Player

Our team members are encouraged to be "The Ideal Team Player" described in Patrick Lencioni's book of the same name, exemplifying the virtues of being humble, hungry, and smart, leading to a cultural commitment of teamwork to better serve our clients.


Award-winning innovation

Our track record of award-winning innovation speaks volumes about our forward-thinking approach. 

These accolades not only validate our dedication to pushing the industry forward but also serve as a testament to our team’s ingenuity and expertise. We strive to redefine what’s possible in civil engineering, ensuring that our clients benefit from the latest advancements and the most efficient, sustainable practices in the field.

our team

Corporate Leaders

Gregg - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Gregg Thielman
Bethany Fraase - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Bethany Fraase
Director of Finance
Brenda Stroh - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Brenda Stroh
Lois Erickson - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Lois Erickson
Human Resources Manager
Naomi Disrud - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Naomi Disrud
Director of Marketing and Communications
Josh Barth - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Josh Barth
IT Manager
Mike Opat - Houston Engineering Inc.
Mike Opat
Director Of Operations

Business Sector Leaders

Zach Herrmann - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Zach Herrmann
Water Resources Business Sector Lead
Jeremy Mclaughlin - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Jeremy McLaughlin
Transportation Business Sector Lead
Brian Fischer - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Brian Fischer
Geospatial Technology Business Sector Lead
Sherwin Wanner - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Sherwin Wanner
Municipal Infrastructure Business Sector Lead
Drew Kessler - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Drew Kessler
Environmental Business Sector Lead
Jim Schlieman - Houston Engineering Inc. Team
Jim Schlieman
Surveying and Reality Capture Business Sector Lead

Office Managers

Sherwin Wanner - Houston Engineering Inc.
Sherwin Wanner
Office Manager

Bismarck, ND

Charles Ikenberry - Houston Engineering Inc.
Charles Ikenberry
Office Manager

Des Moines, IA

Shawn Soehren - Houston Engineering Inc.
Shawn Soehren
Office Manager

Dickinson, ND

Jerry Bents - Houston Engineering Inc.
Jerry Bents
Office Manager

Fargo, ND

Trent Berg - Houston Engineering Inc.
Trent Berg
Office Manager

Grand Forks, ND

Jeff Langan - Houston Engineering Inc.
Jeff Langan
Office Manager

Maple Grove, MN

Dave Schwengler - Houston Engineering Inc.
Dave Schwengler
Office Manager

Minot, ND

Lindy Rogers - Houston Engineering Inc.
Lindy Rogers
Office Manager

Omaha and Lincoln, NE

Josh Johnson - Houston Engineering Inc.
Josh Johnson
Office Manager

Sioux Falls, SD

Tony Nordby - Houston Engineering Inc.
Tony Nordby
Office Manager

Thief River Falls, MN

Employee Videos

Hear from Our Team

built on teamwork

Empowering People, Enhancing Communities.


At HEI, we champion a collaborative spirit that celebrates both personal and professional milestones, offering diverse project opportunities aligned with individual interests. Our commitment to work-life balance fuels quality results and personal growth.

play Life at hei

Quote Icon - Houston Engineering Inc. Team

Being able to suggest ideas to management where we can apply new tech to solve problems faster and better makes me feel like our company listens to the employees and that we are all working towards the same goals as a team.

Employee Survey Response

company news

HEI Updates


2024 Minnesota Watersheds Summer Tour – East Metro

June 12, 2024

Joining You at the Minnesota Watersheds Summer Tour HEI is proud to sponsor the 2024 Minnesota Watersheds Summer Tour taking...



HEI Featured in Fargo INC Magazine

June 10, 2024

HEI is featured in Fargo INC’s June magazine! This article highlights our culture, leadership, and our vision for our company’s...



Welcome Forrester, Goff, and Groth as Full-Time Staff

June 7, 2024

Welcome Molly Forrester as a Full-Time Employee Congratulations to Molly Forrester on transitioning from an intern to a full-time civil...



HEI Ranked Among “50 Best Places to Work”

September 14, 2023
Prairie Business recognized HEI as one of its 50 Best Places to Work in its annual list for 2023. HEI...



Tristan Balmer Joins HEI

June 16, 2023
Tristan Balmer joins HEI as a Civil Engineer in our Des Moines office. Tristan will participatein all aspects of GIS,...


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