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June 2018 UESI Divisions Update

Friday, June 8, 2018

SURVEYING AND GEOMATICS DIVISION

  • The Division held the 2018 Surveying and Geomatics Conference on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona on April 22 - 24, 2018. Numerous presentations were given on surveying engineering education, future datums, aerial mapping, remote sensing, unmanned aircraft systems, lidar, utility and subsurface surveying, building information modeling, and more.
  • The Surveying Committee is preparing a new manual of practice on Surveying & Geomatics Engineering. An ASCE webinar with more details on the contents of this manual is scheduled for August 30, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
  • The Education Committee is preparing a proposal for the development of an ASCE Online Guided Course on the fundamentals of surveying engineering.
  • For more information about the division, contact Daniel Gillins

PIPELINE DIVISION

The Pipelines Division ExCom has been quite busy these past few months engaged in the following activities:

  • Finalizing activities for Pipelines 2018 in Toronto, Ontario
  • 2019 Site Selection visit in Nashville, TN in November
  • Chair's Winter Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL in February
  • 2020 Site Selection visit in San Antonio, TX in May
  • Working on site selection for Pipelines 2021 to be held somewhere in the Western Region
  • Awarded 40 Public Sector Scholarships to attend Pipelines 2018
  • Awarded 5 Student Scholarships to attend Pipelines 2018
  • Awarded Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award to Randy Randolph (Central Arizona Project - retired)
  • For more information about the division, contact Sam Ariaratnam.

We look forward to the Pipelines 2018 Conference in Toronto,July 15‐18. We are well ahead in registration from last year and have sold out the exhibition hall. The Technical Program Committee, led by Jason Lueke, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE and Chris Macey, P.Eng., M.ASCE, have put together an outstanding technical program with close to 190 presentations over 8 Tracks. Visit the Pipelines website and attend one of the numerous Pre‐Conference Workshops. We also have several Committee meetings planned that we encourage you to attend. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved!

STANDARDS DIVISION

  • The Standards Division is evaluating proposals to create new standards.
  • Several standards published by the Construction Institute will be transferred to UESI after the completion of their present review cycle
  • For more information about the division, contact Sri Rajah.

UTILITY ASSET MANAGEMENT DIVISION

UTILITY RISK MANAGEMENT DIVISION

  • The URMD SUE and Investigations Task Force is preparing a webinar to be given in early 2019 on Effective Utility Records Research. The task force composed of experienced practitioners from around the country has already developed a very informative white paper on the topic.
  • UESI will be represented at the upcoming International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Annual Conference to be held in Edmonton July 24-27. John Campbell will moderate a panel discussion of Utility Engineering subject matter experts.
  • UESI URMD Vice-Chair, Phil Meis, P.E., will participate in a workshop by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) on in its Underground Infrastructure Pilot Project. Model for Underground Data Definition and Interchange (MUDDI) ETL-Plugfest Workshop, to be held July 24-25 at the New York City Offices of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY). MUDDI is being developed as an interchange and integration model to support a range of critical underground infrastructure and environment information. Data interoperability in this domain provides both significant benefits and challenges. The primary goal of the ETL-Plugfest Workshop is to evaluate the MUDDI Data Model by conducting data modeling and transformation exercises involving datasets of varying formats and schemas from several municipal locations. This will provide feedback on how to refine and improve it, as well as guide the choice and development of standard implementations. Outcomes will include an updated MUDDI model, model implementation guidance, feedback on feasibility and utility from software developers, and refined data application scenarios for incorporation into subsequent OGC Pilot activities.  Meis is chair of the ASCE "Standard Guideline for the Recording and Exchange of Utility Infrastructure Data" (aka utility "as-built") committee and a member of the ASCE "Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data" (ASCE/CI 38-XX) committee.  OGC and ASCE have agreed to work together to ensure compatibility between these standards for managing, exchanging, and leveraging utility infrastructure data.
  • For more information about the division, contact Drew Markewicz.