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UESI Presidents Letter for February 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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I hope you are well and looking forward to the promise of relief around the next corner. 

I would like to commend the time and effort that the Pipelines 2021 Steering committee has invested to find a safe path toward an in-person event. However, their best efforts could not overcome the uncertainty that continues to define our safe travel and everyday lives. I regret to convey to you that the decision has been made to conduct the Pipelines 2021 Conference as a virtual event.

The Steering Committee has already executed an agile pivot and begun to adapt and overcome the obstacles that continue to challenge our return to what is rapidly becoming a nostalgic memory of normal life. The silver lining of taking this decisive action, is the time that we have to develop a quality event and the opportunity to welcome members that have not been able to participate in the past.  

UESI 's purpose is the pursuit of goals to advance the technology, certify and legitimize the specialized practice and deliver value to a diverse community of practitioners. The playing field has never been an even one and our greatest accomplishments are characterized by overcoming the uncertain.

I'm reminded that uncertainty is the very essence of utility engineering and survey practice and the fuel that drives the innovative spirit of our community to solve the mystery and reveal, measure and manage the unknown of the underground. We cannot imagine the things that we will learn, the mysteries that will be revealed from the challenges we confront today, but we will certainly emerge stronger because of it.  

I came across an episode of "Austin City Limits" that featured local song writer, Ray Wylie Hubbard. When he finished the show he thanked the audience and explained the secret to his happiness was an "Attitude of Gratitude." 

Today I feel a renewed sense of gratitude for the things so easily taken for granted in less trying times. I'm grateful for;

  • The generosity of our members and the employers that support them.
  • The love and support of family, friends and the comfort of community. 
  • The honor of serving in common purpose with passion to preserve and protect our precious planet.
  • The faith that we will advance, adapt and learn as the unexpected result of unanticipated tragedy.
Every day that my gratitude exceeds my expectations is a pretty good day"

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Stay well.

John P. Campbell, P.E., SR/WA, M.ASCE
UESI President