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JERRY POSTON ARRIVES IN THE SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING WORLD

By Paul Scott | October 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

#SubsurfaceUtilityEngineering Post-09 My history of the first years of Subsurface Utility Engineering continues: Last week we looked at events leading up to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) endorsing Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). Hurricane Hugo had slammed into the Carolinas in September 1989 and the FHWA Office of Engineering’s emergency relief position was vacant. Thus, it […]

SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING ENDORSEMENT BY FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION (FHWA)

By Paul Scott | October 3, 2022 | 0 Comments

#SubsurfaceUtilityEngineering Post-08 The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began endorsing Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) in 1991. It all began, however, in 1989 at about the same time as SUE was getting its name. The story begins with a hurricane. Hurricane Hugo slammed into the United States near Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina at about midnight on […]

HOW DID SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING GET ITS NAME?

By Paul Scott | September 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

#SubsurfaceUtilityEngineering Post-07 So-Deep’s senior management team realized that their creation needed a distinctive name. Jim Anspach remembers that: “After much debate, we decided that ‘Subsurface Utility Engineering’ was apt and descriptive. This name was presented to the world in 1989 at the first National Highway/Utility Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.” When the Federal Highway Administration’s promotion […]

LATE 1980’s ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING

By Paul Scott | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

#SubsurfaceUtilityEngineering Post-06 Last week we talked about So-Deep adding an in-house professional surveyor (Mike Fisher) for in-house surveying and a professional engineer (Lou Ostendorff) to seal their deliverables to clients. These were both major advancements, but So-Deep was not through. Jim Anspach helped me with the following and this is what he had to say […]

EARLY 1980’s ACCOMPLISHMENT IN SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING

By Paul Scott | September 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Several important events took place during the early 1980s that became basic components of Subsurface Utility Engineering.

SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING CASE STUDY

By Paul Scott | September 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

Wow, what a Surprise! The response to my recent posts on the early days of Subsurface UtilityEnginering (SUE) has been phenomanel. Nick Zembillas called me from Greece and said, “Paul, I have been sharing your LinkedIn posts with my global network of SUE friends and hundreds of them have liked it. Some of them have been responding and adding to the story, which is adding to the history.”

FATHER OF SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING, JAMES H. ANSPACH

By Paul Scott | August 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Post-03 – Last week you met the Inventor of Subsurface Utility Engineering, Garon Stutzman. This week I want to introduce you to the Father of Subsurface Utility Engineering, James H. Anspach. Jim Anspach was one of the outstanding people Garon Stutzman hired almost immediately after forming his company.  Jim bought into Garon’s ideas and developed […]

WHO “INVENTED” SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING?

By Paul Scott | August 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

Post-02.  My remembrances of the early days of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) continue:

NO WORRIES HERE ABOUT DAMAGING UNDERGROUND UTILITIES! RIGHT? WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF WE COULD ALL SAY YES?

By Paul Scott | August 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many project owners can, but many cannot. This post is going to be for those that say “YES” to Subsurface Utility Engineering. You see, I was around when it all began. I am 83 years old now, retired, and writing my memoirs. But I was working for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 1991 when […]

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Guideline for the Coordination of Utility Relocations on PPP Projects (2021)

By denise.arcand | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is our last in the series of looking at TAC-PUMS publications. It may be the last, but it is also the most anticipated. Completed in late 2020, we are anticipating publication any day now by TAC. The goal is to have it as a free download from the TAC website. It is written in […]

National Survey for Utility Agreements (2020)

By denise.arcand | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Completed in 2020, this report is not yet even published by TAC but it does contain some great information. It was completed by a task force within the TAC PUMS committee – led by Jean-Francois Demers (MTQ), and with help from Pierre Gagnon (MTQ), Barry Poon (Calgary) and Jevito Marchese (Mississauga). The purpose of the […]

Guidelines for the Coordination of Utility Relocations (2016)

By denise.arcand | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Published in 2016, this guideline has been used by several Municipalities and Government agencies to help produce or update their own Utility Coordination Guidelines and that is exactly what it was meant to do!!! The guideline is written from the perspective of a roadway owner completing a Design-Bid-Build project. It is focused on DBB, however […]

A Guide for the Accommodation of Utilities within Freeway Rights-of-Way (2011)

By denise.arcand | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

This guide is intended to help road authorities establish and administer guidelines for accommodating Utilities with the Freeway Right-of-Way. There guide is applicable for Canada although it is a very good reference to compare with other similar guidelines such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) – A Guide for Accommodating […]

Management of Utilities in and adjacent to the Public Right-of-Way: Survey of Practices

By denise.arcand | April 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

This was the first publication from the Transportation Association of Canada’s – Public Utilities Management Subcommittee (PUMS). The major components were a review of current practices across Canada and around the world, and a Survey of Ministries of Transportation and Municipalities to get a sense for how they deal with Utilities. Although the number of […]

A Guide to key Utility Risk Management Standards & Guidelines

By denise.arcand | February 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Review of SUE for Municipalities

By Lawrence Arcand | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Review of SUE for Municipalities (Dec 9, 2020) This publication of the ASCE Utility Engineering and Survey Institute is a must read for any municipality, government agency or consultant looking to procure SUE services.  The publication was written by two legends in the SUE world, Jim Anspach and Paul Scott. Key items in the publication […]

WHO IS PAUL?

Paul Scott retired from his role at the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2003 after a successful 35 year career.  While at FHWA Paul was instrumental in the growth of SUE on highway projects across the country.

Lawrence had the pleasure of working alongside Paul during his Post FHWA years in Consulting.  It was during this time that he garnered my immense respect and admiration for him as a professional and a friend.

Paul has been there from the beginning and is a true historian on SUE.  Through this blog he will recount in detail the history of SUE through, as seen through his eyes, over the last 40 years.  Enjoy!

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