The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), with financial support from seven public and private organizations, has conducted a qualitative national survey to better understand Subsurface Utility Engineering awareness levels and practice implementation in the Canadian industry.

Municipal right-of-ways are crowded underground spaces containing critical infrastructure – watermains, sewers, gas pipes, power cables and telecommunication networks – for the operation of cities and businesses. The need to renew, replace or build new underground infrastructure requires the ability to accurately identify the location, characteristics and function of existent pipelines before construction begins.

Unfortunately, utility hits are too common along with the finding of unknown underground utilities once project construction starts. This, in turn, can result in unnecessary and costly infrastructure damage, service disruptions, and public safety issues, in addition to increasing project costs and delays.

To gather valuable information on current industry SUE best practices, challenges, and opportunities, CATT developed and conducted in 2018/2019 a Canada wide web-based survey. Data was collected from 85 participants – including infrastructure owners, consultants, contractors, and technology providers.

Today, CATT is excited to share the survey findings with the construction industry, through the SUE Survey Report: Click Here. We hope the insights from this project can help your organization to better understand SUE practices and to drive the industry forward.

This report shows the need for improved implementation of the well-established SUE industry practices during project planning and before construction starts. The implementation of these practices in early project phases will, in turn, reduce project costs and construction delays and avoid potential claims.


Click to access SUE-Report_FINAL.pdf




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