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UESI Presidents Letter for April 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

As the pandemic continues, many businesses stay shuttered, affecting millions of employees and their families. However, utilities remain functional, because without utilities, society would collapse. This emphasizes the essential nature of those working in the utilities field.

UESI  remains open to continue our mission of delivering value to our members and advancing utility engineering and surveying professionals. Many of us are working from home to prevent the virus spread and flatten the curve, and all ASCE in-person meetings have been canceled through April (see asce.org/covid-19 ).  Online meeting platforms have become the norm, and task group, committee and division work goes on. 

Following are updates on planned UESI activities:

The Surveying & Geomatics 2020 Conference, scheduled for May 30 - June 2 in Lawrenceburg, IN, will be postponed to 2021. The Conference Steering Committee and UESI staff are working with the hotel and Cincinnati State to reschedule the conference. The revised dates will be provided in the next several weeks. 

The Pipelines 2020 Conference, scheduled for August 9 - 12, in San Antonio, TX, is on as planned. The Conference Steering Committee is closely monitoring any effects the pandemic could have on the conference. Links to Registration  and Hotel  for the conference are included in the April edition of the UESI newsletter.

We encourage you to stay engaged with any of your task group, committee or division work. With travel nearly eliminated, now is an excellent time to work on MOPs or other publications, Guided Online Courses and other Continuing Education projects that may be hard to get to once the economy returns to normal.

Also, as a member benefit, through April 30 check out the free technical papers in the Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice  titled Seismic Functionality and Resilience Analysis of Water Distribution Systems  and the Journal of Surveying Engineering  titled Improving Data Acquisition Efficiency: Systematic Accuracy Evaluation of GNSS-Assisted Aerial Triangulation in UAS Operations .

Most of all, stay safe. If you have any UESI related questions during this challenging time, email UESI@asce.org .

Lynn Osborn, President
David Totman, Past-President
John Campbell, President-Elect
Diane Swecker, Director