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Subsurface Utility Engineering Companies

Working with subsurface utility engineering companies is vital for determining the positive location of existing utilities at project sites. The SUE process helps contractors minimize risks of obtaining inaccurate data about underground utilities and in turn helps to reduce project costs.

Subsurface utility engineering companies engage in specific activities including: surveying, civil engineering, geophysics, and data management. Several tools are used for detection and positioning including: ground penetrating radar (GPR), magnetic methods, vacuum excavation, acoustic emission methods, metal detectors, and pipe and cable locators.

Utilizing subsurface utility engineering helps engineers accurately estimate project costs and avoid the costly expense of design changes that occur when utility lines are unexpectedly discovered or damaged at the project site.

Prior to the development of SUE methods, companies engaged in a crap shoot when it came time to locate subsurface utilities. Projects were often delayed due to the discovery of or damage to unexpected utilities. Worse yet, not knowing utility locations often resulted in worker injuries and death.

SUE was used primarily by state DOTs upon its inception in the late 90s. It wasn't until the "Purdue Study" was published that other ways to use the process were considered. The study provided an evaluation of 71 SUE projects in four states.

The conclusion was SUE is a viable practice that reduces costs and risks associated with subsurface utility projects. Soon after, a standard practice was implemented by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Since 2003, the process has been vital to Municipalities, utility companies, transportation industry, and the military.

SUE is utilized to manage risks associated with utility design, mapping, relocation, and condition assessment. When used properly SUE offers several benefits including: reduced project costs, heightened construction safety, and lessened chance of project delays. By positively locating the position of underground utilities, contractors don't have to wait for utility relocation work or run the risk of redesign caused by unexpected utility conflicts.

Subsurface utility engineering is also instrumental in reducing the risk of property damage, injuries, deaths, and release of environmental toxins caused by cutting or damaging utility lines.

When selecting a subsurface utility engineering company it's important to work with providers that have thorough understanding and knowledge of locating, designating, and data management. Employees and subcontractors of the SUE Company need to have extensive training and experience to carry out the work in a timely fashion.

SUE companies need to own or have access to several types of equipment including: state-of-the-art surveying equipment, data recording equipment, geophysical designating equipment, vacuum excavation locating equipment and CADD-compatible software systems.

Subsurface utility engineering companies are required to comply with the American Society of Civil Engineers' SUE Standard Guidelines. ASCE protocol demands companies must possess adequate finances to perform required services and carry adequate insurance to cover all aspects of the project.

At Kana Pipeline, we take great pride in our work ethic and compliance with ASCE guidelines. We provide subsurface utility engineering services to municipal, industrial, institutional, commercial, residential, public and private clients.

We invite you to learn more about Kana Pipeline and the services we offer. Our experienced team is committed to providing a satisfactory experience and high quality, professional work. We look forward to becoming your subsurface utility engineering company.