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June 2018 UESI President's Letter

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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We have a lot to celebrate this quarter at UESI.  Our inaugural Surveying and Geomatics Conference was a financial and technical success, paving the way for more to come in the future.

On May 25, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the requirement for public agency projects to use ASCE 38 as a means to investigate and depict utilities on engineering plans, the first instance of ASCE 38 becoming a code instead of a non-mandatory standard. I'm certain more states will follow suit in the future. UESI member Andrew Sylvest played a significant role in stewarding this bill through the Colorado Senate and House in conjunction with ACEC.

Our annual Pipelines Conference appears as if it may have its largest attendance ever! A great job was turned in by all that served on the Program, Conference, and Technical Committees. Conferences take a large amount of work, and UESI staff and volunteers put in that work.

We are developing 12-20 hour on-line guided courses in Engineering Survey, Utility Investigations and Risk Management, and Pipeline Planning and Design. Our second Louisiana Tech Trenchless Technology Center Utility Investigations School was well attended in March, paving the way for more.

Our first elections for replacement of board members is getting underway. Voting will open on June 20. We had many qualified candidates to choose from, more than we had positions. We are all winners from this endeavor, regardless of the election outcome.

We are planning a UESI magazine publication. And we are holding a task force meeting to look into the feasibility of ASCE UESI being a certification organization for utility one-call locating technicians.

A lot is happening, in a lot of different directions, but all related to utilities and surveying.  The institute is what you make it. We look forward to hearing and implementing more ideas, getting more people involved in committees, and being relevant as our world changes around us.

Regards,

Jim Anspach, UESI President 2018