A Guide to key Utility Risk Management Standards & Guidelines

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One critical aspect of managing Utility Risk on projects is to have a set processes or standards to follow. The best way to start and develop these is to look at existing standards and best practices that have been developed by other users and practitioners from reputable industry focused groups like the Utility Engineering and Survey Institute, Transportation Association of Canada – Public Utilities Management Subcommittee, Right of Way Management Committee and Transportation Research Board. Over the next coming weeks and months, we at 4Sight will help to summarize some of the key standards and guidelines and breakdown a practical user guide to effectively using them on your project(s). These summaries will aim to be short and sweet but hit all the key things that you need to know to use them effectively.

Some of the documents that will be covered include:

  • All six TAC Guidelines published by the Public Utilities Management Subcommittee.
  • ASCE 38 Standard, published by the Utility Engineering and Survey Institute
  • CSA S250 – Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure
  • Soon to be published ASCE “Utility As-Built Guideline”

If you have any documents that you think we should include please send a comment and we can add it to the list.

First up, starting next week will be coverage of the guidelines published by the TAC - Public Utilities Management Subcommittee.

  • 2008 - Management of Utilities in and Adjacent to Public Right-of-Way: Survey of Best Practices
  • 2011 – A Guide for the Accommodation of Utilities Within Freeway Rights-of-Way
  • 2013 – Guidelines for Underground Utility Installations Crossing Highway Rights-of-Way
  • 2016 – Guidelines for the Coordination of Utility Relocations
  • 2020 – Utility Agreements: Survey of Best Practices
  • 2021 – Guidelines for the Coordination of Utility Relocations on PPP Projects.

Up first starting next week will be the 2008 Survey of Best Practices. This is an interesting overview of practices across Canada and around the world. It is a great way to see how thing stack up in your jurisdiction!

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