About Us

Otto Associates is a family-owned business that provides Professional Land Surveying, Civil Engineering and Land Planning services in Minnesota. We believe our clients' success is our success. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients by working professionally, efficiently and cost effectively.

Otto provides a broad spectrum of services that allows us to take a project from concept to completion. This includes guiding our clients through the municipal and agency review process, providing design to meet regulations and offering construction services such as staking and project management.

Otto Associates has completed thousands of land surveys and civil engineering projects throughout the State of Minnesota. Over the years we have interacted with numerous Attorneys, Title Companies, Architects, Government Agencies, Contractors, Real Estate Professionals and other related associates to achieve our clients' goals.


Our History

Otto Associates was founded in 1980 by Land Surveyor Edward Otto and his wife, Wendy, as primarily a Land Surveying firm. As Otto Associates continued to grow, they saw the need to add Civil Engineering to more seamlessly achieve their clients’ objectives.

In 2008, Ed Otto was named Surveyor of the Year by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS). He has given a substantial amount of his time to promoting the surveying profession and providing education to the general public; including participating in student programs, preparing a traveling display on the history of land surveying for MSPS, being a member of the St. Cloud Technical College Curriculum Advisory Committee, and being an instrumental part of establishing a wayside pull-out at the Minnesota-Iowa border of the Initial Point of the 5th Principal Meridian Survey of Minnesota.

In 2009, Otto Associates appointed Paul Otto, P.L.S., P.E., as President and Cara Schwahn Otto, P.E., as Senior Vice President. Under their leadership, the firm has continued its tradition of producing quality work with a personalized touch, while moving forward with a strong vision of providing innovative design, sophisticated technology and a relaxed accessibility to our clients.

Our Office in Downtown Buffalo MN