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Message from UESI 2016 President Randy Hill

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Randy Hill. Photo by Frank Kim, UESI

As my year of serving as the Inaugural President of the ASCE Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI) comes to a close , I want to thank you for your support of UESI on behalf of the UESI Board of Governors, UESI Divisions and technical committees , and UESI staff.

We've accomplished many of our first-year goals and laid down a solid foundation for the future operations of UESI for years to come.

On behalf of the Board and staff, I also want to thank out-going UESI Board of Governors David Garber and Kristina Swallow for their service and contributions. We also welcome incoming Governors Lynn Osborn and David Widmer to the Board. They will serve a three-year term ending in 2019.

As of September, our UESI membership is over 1,500 members strong. We have secured over 900 members who are also members of ASCE. We have over 400 UESI-members only and over 160 student members. And out of our membership numbers- 17% are over the age of 60; 37% are in the age group of 40-59; and over 41% are younger members in the age from 20 to 39 years of age.

We have ten  charter organizational members - a business, an engineering firm, professional organization, an academic institution or a utility company that joins UESI. First year organizations are recognized as founding charter organization members and they receive certain benefits. Our goal at the end of two years is to have 15 organizational members on board.

We've also established five UESI local chapters across the country. One is in Illinois, one is in Orange County, CA, and three are in Florida. Florida has been an area where there's been tremendous excitement about what UESI is doing for the utility infrastructure and surveying professionals. There are plans to form UESI local chapters in Philadelphia, Michigan, North Carolina, and possibly an international chapter in Lebanon.

During our first year we focused our efforts on just getting to know each other as a Board and developing UESI foundational policies and procedures. When we first started operations, we had three primary divisions in place - the Pipelines Division, Surveying and Geomatics Division, and Utility Risk Management Division. Since that time, we have developed a Standards Division and are now working on an Asset Management Division, and hopefully next year we'll be able to secure a Construction Inspection Division. Those are the six divisions that we envisioned in our Vision 2025 document and we thank those UESI members who are stepping up to serve as leaders for each of these divisions.

Our Business plan, Bylaws, and Vision 2025 document are in place to provide a solid foundation for the operation and growth of UESI. We've also prepared a 35-page policies and procedures document that will give our division leaders and task leaders guidelines on how to operate under UESI.

During our second year, which began October 1, UESI's focus will be continuing to drive the news about the new Institute , our successes, and welcoming new members from the U.S. and around the world who see the benefits of networking professionally with others in the utility infrastructure and surveying and geomatics professions.

In addition to the UESI Pipelines annual conference , the Surveying and Geomatics Division plans to hold its first conference in southern California in 2018. Our branch and section chapters will grow as they embrace the vision of UESI, and we will add more organizational members to our charter members list.

Thank you again for your support of the UESI and we look forward to seeing you in at the 2017 Pipelines Conference in Arizona !

I look forward to continuing my service to UESI as Past-President during our second year of operation.


Randall C. Hill, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
UESI 2016 President