American Society of Civil Engineers

Use of ASCE 38-02 and Subsurface Utility Engineering for Better Design, Cost Savingsand Damage Prevention in Airport Planning and Design

by James F. Noone, M.ASCE, (BSI Baystate Subsurface Investigation, 437 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116)
Section: Subsurface Utility Engineering, pp. 1-10, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Pipeline Engineering and Construction: What’s on the Horizon?
Abstract: ASCE/CI 38-02 applies to projects where existing utilities will be impacted and requires that the project approach used by engineers be modified in order to conform to the standard. The ASCE Standard 38-02 "Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data" provides much useful information. However, in order for the standard to realize its full potential, owners, designers and contractors must know how to best use the information provided. Intelligent use of the standard and appropriate incorporation of subsurface utility engineering (SUE) services will result in better designs and enhance damage prevention efforts. This paper/presentation will review the Standard Guideline and then proceed to discuss how to incorporate it and SUE services into an airport project. Also addressed will be maximizing the benefits of ASCE/CI 38-02 and Safety concerns.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Airports and airfields
Standards and codes
Subsurface environment