Subsurface Utility Engineering SUE

Subsurface utility engineering SUE refers to a practice that utilizes different types of tools to identify the location and condition of subsurface pipelines. Acquiring accurate data is essential for helping pipeline companies minimize jobsite dangers and work delays.

The process of subsurface utility engineering SUE was developed in early 90s and was primarily used by the Federal Highway Administration. Today, it is an industry standard utilized for nearly all types of pipeline construction including water pipes, sewer systems, and storm water drainage systems.

Subsurface utility engineering companies work in unison with utility companies to gather and supply information regarding planned utility work and existing utilities. Identifying installed pipelines involves the use of multiple types of surface geophysical equipment such as ground penetrating radar, 3D underground imaging, and air/vacuum excavation equipment.

These types of equipment are vital for establishing the horizontal and vertical position of existing utility pipes. If conflict exists, engineers will have to redesign the plans or relocate utilities. Relocation can be costly and project owners and government entities, such as the Department of Transportation, must approve plans.

Subsurface utility engineering is comprised of several different services. These include: GPS surveys, utility design, ground penetrating radar, 3D underground imaging, utility coordination, geographic information systems, and surveying and mapping.

Once completed, SUE supplies accurate utility mapping to design engineers and contractors. Project owners need to obtain topographic surveys of the jobsite, as well as locating existing surface elements such as catch basins and sewer manholes.

SUE companies will have to perform additional investigations when existing elements or utilities conflict with design proposals. Contractors can use pipe and cable locators, ground penetrating radar, and other geophysical techniques to evaluate conflicts or determine options for relocating existing utilities.

SUE equipment is crucial for identifying the type of existing utility pipeline. This technology can provide the position, size, and depth of utilities; identify the composition of installed pipes and assess current condition of pipes. Having access to this information helps project managers limit risks of workplace injury and damage to existing pipelines.

While subsurface utility engineering SUE can lessen project costs and risks, it requires cooperation from all parties working on the project. When utility companies, project owners, design engineers, and pipeline contractors work in harmony they will expedite the progress of pipeline construction while creating a less dangerous work environment.

SUE not only improves construction safety, but also reduces construction costs. SUE can be utilized by municipalities, public utilities, and private companies on any project that involves locating or installing subsurface pipelines.

Kana Pipeline is recognized as an industry leader in subsurface utility engineering. We utilize SUE technology to ensure construction safety and complete projects on time and within budget.

Kana is a pipeline contractor experienced in multiple installation techniques of wet utility pipelines such as water lines, sewer systems, and storm drainage systems, and fireline.

We encourage you to review our website to learn more about our company, available services, and past and current projects. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is happy to answer questions about your subsurface utility engineering SUE project or provide proposals. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Published on October 03, 2011

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