Subsurface Utility Engineering and Megaprojects: Avoiding Underground Conflicts Helps Speed Project Delivery

by Lawrence Arcand, P.E., (M.ASCE), President of 4Sight Utility Engineers in Whitby, Ontario, Canada,,
Ophir Wainer, P.Eng., (M.ASCE), Director of North American business development & technology implementation at 4M Analytics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2021, Vol. 25, Issue 6, Pg. 48-55

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Experienced project owners realize that utility conflicts can be risky and pose unexpected impacts on the cost and delivery of projects, especially in urban settings. To help overcome these impacts, Subsurface Utility Engineering, or SUE, an engineering practice that has evolved considerably over the past few decades, combines aspects of civil engineering, surveying, and geophysics. SUE is often included as part of the design process on large, complex megaprojects. Ontario has been a leader in the inclusion of SUE into the planning phase of most large projects. While SUE started on municipal projects, it?s now used on larger government and public-private funded transit and highway megaprojects.

Subject Headings: Project management | Subsurface utilities | Subsurface environment | Dispute resolution | Urban areas | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Public private partnership | Ontario | Canada


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