Room: Cedarbridge
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway,
Richmond, BC Canada  V6X 1A3
Ph: 1-604-273-7878


Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) provides designers and engineers with the tools to determine how the existing infrastructure will be affected by a project so they can make adjustments and plan ahead to minimize impacts. This workshop will give an overview of SUE tools, techniques and applications. It will discuss CI/ASCE 38-02: Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data published in 2003.  The standard is the backbone for the practice of SUE.

Keynote speaker is Jim Anspach, co-creator of the  ASCE 38-02. Jim is considered the “father” of Subsurface Utility Engineering. He served as Principal/Owner of the first national SUE company in the US for 20 years before entering private practice as an educator guiding students at U.S. and U.K Universities, consultant, researcher, and expert witness. He has served the industry in many capacities through the years,  and is recognized as a leader in the utility damage prevention industry. Jim is currently the ASCE’s spokesman on utility engineering issues.

Session outline (Each session will be interactive and be a total of 30 min)

  • 13:00-13:30 Introduction to the SUE standard a brief and in depth look at the standard. Answering the question on why it was created and a brief history of where we are today in its use an
  • 13:30-14:00 Looking at The current risk mitigation tool box continuing from the first session and application in the trenchless environment showing the 3 current standards in use ASCE 38-02 TAC guideline for UC/UR Utility relocations and Coordination and the CSA 250 the Canadian As built standard.
  • 15 min networking break
  • 14:15- 14:45 Tools & techniques Assessing the current tools and techniques used in the designating process of SUE. A brief but in depth look at the current technologies being used by the SUE provider and the pros and cons of the different tools available today.

14:145-15:15 Improving Current SUE specifications and tender documents. This session will deal with helping developing your standards and guidelines. Use the SUE professional to assist in developing your standards. By having the SUE provider guide your requirements he can assist