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Jim Anspach Speaks on Role of Utility Investigations In Major Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Jim Anspach. Photo by Frank Kim, UESI

UESI's president-elect James H. Anspach, P.G., F.ASCE participated in the Construction Institute's 2017 Summit by giving a presentation on Optimizing Utility Investigations on Large Design-Build Projects , which outlined the vital importance of the role of utility investigations in current infrastructure projects. In his presentation, Jim noted the recent major project failures due to issues involving utilities.

To view Jim's recorded presentation

Jim Anspach is currently the Director of Utility Marketing & Practice Development at Cardno, Inc. and considered a principal founder of the profession of subsurface utility engineering. He is an authority on standard of care issues for the utility damage prevention and the practice of subsurface utility engineering. Jim has nearly four decades of experience in the research, development, and application of surface geophysical techniques for the purpose of utility identification, risk registration and mitigation, and project management.

Mr. Anspach has published 40+ peer-reviewed articles and reports, and over 100 technical papers. Mr. Anspach has served as a project manager or principal for thousands of utility mapping and/or coordination projects. These include mega-projects (Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Alaska Way Viaduct); classified projects for the White House, CIA, Pentagon, Department of State; and "normal" projects for the state DOTs of RI, VA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, TX, MO, OH, PA, AZ, WA, DC, WI, and KY.

Mr. Anspach served as a workshop moderator for the ASCE Pipelines Conference in 2010 and 2014. He was a keynote speaker at the 2009 International Conference on Construction Research Funding and at the 1994 NTSB Workshop on Damage Prevention. Jim is the keynote speaker at the 2015 MAPPS Conference. He holds several citations from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for his work in Utility Damage Prevention. Jim is also the chair of the ASCE 38 Committee and the Construction Standards Council and past-chair of the ASCE Codes & Standards Committee.