UESI (Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute ) & Utility Risk Management


Utility Engineering is a branch of CE that focuses on the planning, position, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and asset management of any and all utility systems, as well as the interaction between utility infrastructure and other civil infrastructure.


UESI - the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute - allows opportunities for all those interested to collaborate in advancing the technical and professional practices of utility engineering and surveying. This seminar will provide an overview of the goals of the UESI, including various advancements in utility mapping technologies and standards.  Viewpoints, needs, and issues from various stakeholders will be discussed, and will include speakers from the utility, consulting/construction, and municipal sectors.

Course Outline:

Utility Risk Management

  • What is SUE
  • One Call, Locates, Bill 8
  • Exploring the Colorado Law (mandatory SUE investigations on Linear Infrastructure)
  • SUE in the context of RFPs – client’s perspective


  • How to write a standard
  • ASCE 15, 26, 27, 28, 38
  • Collection and exchange of utility infrastructure data (CSA S250) - how Canada is leading the charge in these standards - but behind in application

Utility and Pipeline Construction Management (including telecom, gas, water)

  • SUE in the context of linear infrastructure design (water, oil/gas)
  • Best practices for getting SUE done
  • OPS standards - current SUE technologies for trenchless construction
  • “Canadianizing” existing standards
  • ASCE adjunct addition to assist municipalities for the use of SUE within RFP language (add on to ASCE 38-02)
  • SUE implementation and value from the utility perspective

Engineering survey and geomatics

  • Recognition of Utility Engineering within the PEO
  • Differences between utility survey and legal survey (AOLS)
  • Use of CSA S250 (Canadian as-built standard)
  • MTM vs UTM and its uses in Ontario
  • The use and integration of SUE from the consultant’s perspective

Utility asset management

  • Best practices, processes, policies
  • Collaboration tools
  • Making use of available data
  • New technologies and current implementations within the SUE industry


Date: September 10, 2019

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