ClogBusters Underground Technologies now offers Subsurface Utility Engineering Services. Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is a branch of engineering practice that manages risks associated with subsurface utilities. SUE provides accurate mapping of existing underground utilities, utility coordination, utility relocation design, utility condition assessment, communication of utility data, utility relocation opinion of costs, implementation of utility accommodation policies, utility design, and utility conflicts or during construction delays caused by inaccurately plotted utilities. Subsurface utility engineering eliminates inaccurate utility information on roadway design and construction projects that can result in costly conflicts, damage, delays, service disruptions, redesigns, claims and even injuries.

Subsurface utility engineering (SUE) provides accurate mapping of existing underground utilities during the project design process to avoid costly utility conflicts or construction delays caused by inaccurately plotted utilities.

  1. Underground utility designating - using geophysical prospecting techniques to determine the existence and horizontal position of underground utilities.

  2. Underground utility locating - using non-destructive digging equipment, such as vacuum excavation, at critical points along a subsurface utility's path to determine the precise horizontal and vertical position of the underground utility line. Precisely locating underground utilities helps to plan for proper protection, eliminate potential damage to underground facilities during construction and avoid unnecessary relocations.

                                       
      

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a long-time advocate of subsurface utility engineering, strongly encourages using SUE techniques on highway construction projects. Other subsurface utility engineering promoters include insurance companies, the National Transportation Safety Board, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration and numerous state Departments of Transportation.

Subsurface utility engineering is relatively inexpensive and offers a significant return on investment. A recent study commissioned by the FHWA determined a savings of $4.62 for every dollar spent on subsurface utility engineering.

According to the FHWA, the more experienced the provider of subsurface utility engineering services, the less chance there is for misinterpretation of data, since subsurface utility engineering is an interpretive science.

ClogBusters Underground Technologies, a premier provider of engineering services, is a SUE industry leader, with more subsurface utility engineering professionals on staff than any other engineering and design firm in the country.

Applications extend beyond highways. Subsurface utility engineering makes good engineering and design sense for any type of construction project requiring excavation around existing underground utilities - buildings, airports, transit or any other public works construction. Utility owners, designers, engineers and contractors should consider subsurface utility engineering services to avoid costly conflicts and relocations.


Users of subsurface utility engineering services include:

  1. Government agencies, including military, federal, state, count and city/municipal

  2. Port authorities

  3. Aviation authorities

  4. Universities/schools/other institutions

  5. Engineers and Architects

  6. All public and private utilities, including gas, water, electrical, sewer/sanitation, cable TV and telecommunications

  7. Construction companies

  8. Heavy Construction Contractors

  9. Environmentalists

  10. Surveyors

  11. Developers

  12. Office parks

  13. Hazardous waste contractors

  14. Geotechnical firms

  15. Petroleum and pipeline companies

  16. Directional drilling companies

  17. Hospitals

  18. Cemeteries

  19. Railroad companies

  20. Industrial sites

Subsurface utility engineering eliminates inaccurate utility information on roadway design and construction projects that can result in costly conflicts, damage, delays, service disruptions, redesigns, claims, even injuries and lost lives.

 

Subsurface Utility Engineering

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