Paul's Corner - His History of SUE


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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By Paul Scott | May 1, 2024 | 0 Comments

Post-53 – Looking Back (1981-1984) This week’s picture was provided by Jim Anspach and is of SUE work in 1984 on the first State DOT project (see more below). The quality of the picture is not very good, but I wanted to use it anyway because it is probably the only picture in existence of […]

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 […]


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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