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Louisiana Tech University and UESI Host Workshop on Utility Investigations School

Friday, August 26, 2016

Jim Anspach presenting lecture at workshop The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) of Louisiana Tech University in conjunction with the ASCE'S Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute hosted a 40-hour short course on Utility Investigations School (UIS)  on August 15-19 in Ruston, Louisiana. The TTC Utility Investigations School is an intensive 5-day course instructed by the foremost experts in the field. The course covered topics in context of ASCE 38 Standard: Utility System Configurations, Geophysics for Finding Utilities, Proper Records Research, Achieving Utility Quality Levels, and Project Documentation .

The workshop was a series of lectures and hands-on field work; followed by testing each day. Each participant received up to 4 CEUs. The participants also earned a Certificate of Completion of the Utility Investigations School- Geophysical Investigations UIS 401. The primary objective of the short course is to provide practitioners the knowledge and tools to provide competent utility investigations in accordance with accepted national standards and to defend against claims through this knowledge and its documentation.

According to the TTC, the ultimate goal in the series of workshops is to provide a path towards practicing in the field of Utility Engineering, with all its myriad individual components. As our nation's existing underground infrastructure continues to age, become more congested, and dangerous to the public at large, utility engineering as an option of study and practice will continue to grow in importance.

Jim Anspach, P.G., F.ASCE, Board Governor of UESI and Chair of ASCE Standard 38 stated:

"ASCE has recognized that Utility Engineering is a missing task discipline from our educational curriculum.  One important aspect of that discipline, utility risk management for projects, is embodied in part through the use and proper application of the ASCE 38 Standard.  Yet all too often, there is no avenue to learn the principles that govern the use of this standard.

I am delighted that TTC and ASCE have begun this series of educational opportunities for those professionals and others under their direct responsible charge."

Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M. ASCE, the Director at the Trenchless Technology Center and member of the executive committee on the UESI Utility Risk Management Division (URMD) remarked:

"On behalf of the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) and Louisiana Tech University, we are very pleased and excited about the success of this program. As a member of the ASCE-UESI URMD ExCOM, I would like to express my appreciation for the support of UESI.  The members of the URMD assisted the TTC assistant director with developing the UIS content and the instructors.  It was great to see the most experienced utility engineering professionals in the country assemble to provide the instruction centered on ASCE (Standard) 38-02.

It is significant that ASCE has taken major steps to address the utility engineering and surveying sector of the civil engineering profession through the establishment of UESI.  The commitment of UESI and TTC to conduct the first UIS program is recognition that ASCE is taking steps to improve the ASCE report scores which relate to utilities."

John Campbell Cesar Quiroga lecture presentation photo
Top two photos by John Segna. From L to R : John Campbell and Cesar Quiroga. 

TTC UIS Instructors

Photo from TTC. The instructors, from L to R : Gary Young, Jim Anspach, Brian Tooley, Cesar Quiroga, John Campbell and Phil Meis. Not shown: Neven Simicevic and Curtis Davis.

The workshop instructors included various UESI technical committee leaders: Jim Anspach, P.G. (ret.), F.ASCE; John Campbell, P.E., M.ASCE; Cesar Quiroga, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; and Philip Meis, P.E., M.ASCE. Other instructors included Neven Simicevic, Ph.D.; Gary Young, P.E., M.ASCE; Brian Tooley; and Curtis Davis.

Jadranka Simicevic, M.S., M. ASCE, the Assistant Director at the Trenchless Technology Center, was instrumental in promoting and developing workshop logistics, setting up school web site and online registrations, and coordinating development of the UIS content with the instructors. Chris Morgan, Fredda Wagner and the students at LTU, joined by two summer exchange students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, provided vital assistance in pre-workshop preparations and during the workshop.

Several manufacturers provided equipment on site for use and demonstration during the practical session, including IDS North America, Subside Electronics, Leica, Sensit Technology, Pipe Horn and Vivax-Metrotec.

This short course was the first of several planned similar courses in other aspects of utility risk management such as Utility Coordination, Utility Relocation Design, Utility Asset Management, and more.

For more information, visit TTC Utility Investigations School .

Top Photo: Jim Anspach