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March 2018 UESI President's Letter

Friday, March 9, 2018

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We have a lot of exciting activities happening at UESI this year.  Our five Divisions are humming along with plans for webinars, workshops, conferences, special journal publications, guided on-line courses, and more. We have a new UESI Board Member, Mark Woodson, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, ENV SP, Pres.16.ASCE. You can read more about his many years of service to ASCE, including serving as the society's President, on the UESI news page. We are honored that the current ASCE President, Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, has served on the UESI Board, and that previous ASCE President Mark Woodson has volunteered to help UESI during our formative years.


This year marks the first time that UESI will hold open elections for its open Board positions and for the office of President-Elect.  ASCE staff and the Board are working to ensure a smooth process. Several nominations have been submitted by the five UESI divisions and from the institute membership. Voting will be held in the summer. We encourage you to participate in choosing UESI's leaders.


In 2019 we are planning a UESI Summit, where each of UESI's five Divisions fill us in on their activities and plans for the future. Our local chapter leaders will also participate to highlight some of their upcoming activities.  This will be a great way to see how UESI as an organization is moving forward.


I do have a special request for all UESI members.  As one of our very first activities, we developed a definition for Utility Engineering: 

Utility Engineering is a branch of Civil Engineering that focuses on the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, condition assessment, and asset management of any and all utility systems, as well as the interaction between utility infrastructure and other civil infrastructure.

When one of our Board Members submitted this definition to Wikipedia to start a Utility Engineering page, they were turned down by the online encyclopedia with the explanation that there is not enough literature or websites that mention Utility Engineering as a civil discipline.  It takes a village, right?  Let's all please make a concerted effort to get this definition out by putting it in publications, websites, articles, and more when it makes sense.


I hope to see some of you at our UESI Surveying and Geomatics Conference, our Pipelines Conference, our UESI track at the Common Ground Alliance, or anywhere else our paths may cross.  There is a growing amount of attention to utilities issues, including both existing and planned infrastructure.  Similarly, vast amounts of locational data on objects and surfaces of our projects are being collected and used with amazing new technologies. Our conferences, webinars, workshops, publications, and committee work all help us collectively increase the body of knowledge for utility engineering and engineering surveying.  We need your ideas, your time, and your passion.  Feel free to reach out to ASCE staff, our Board members, and our existing committees if you want to get involved.

Have a great Spring!