Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Field Services
Investigate the Unknowns
Avoid costly utility conflicts or delays
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Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is the investigation of underground utilities to help aid in design on a site.
Always remember that the key to conducting an outstanding SUE operation is to start the process as early as possible, preferably during the planning phases of the project. The earlier your project team is able to identify and relocate utilities the better.
MPL's subsurface utility engineering field services team delivers quality, accurate mapping of existing underground utilities, helping clients avoid costly utility conflicts or construction delays caused by unknown or misrepresented utilities.
A total of $4.62 in savings for every $1.00 spent on SUE was quantified.
On highway projects, the results reveal that $11.39 can be saved for every $1 spent on SUE.
The Levels of SUE work build on each other
Quality Level A
Quality Level B
Quality Level C
Quality Level D
The Benefits of SUE Services
- Reduced Cost
- Fewer Change Orders
- Fewer Interruptions
- Design Adjustments
- Improved Damage Prevention
Sub-Surface Utility Engineering Field Services
Types of SUE Services Performed
Frequently Asked SUE Questions
What is Subsurface Utility Engineering?
How does SUE work?
What are the benefits of using SUE?
Proper use of this service will eliminate many of the utility problems typically encountered on projects, including:
- Delays to projects caused by waiting for utility relocation work to be completed so construction can begin;
- Delays to projects caused by redesign when construction cannot follow the original design due to unexpected utility conflicts;
- Delays to contractors during construction caused by cutting, damaging, or discovering utility lines that were not known to be there;
- Claims by contractors for delays resulting from unexpected encounters with utilities; and
- Deaths, injuries, property damage, and releases of product into the environment caused by cutting utility lines that were not known to be there.
What major activities are involved in Subsurface Utility Engineering?
Scope of Work - The process of developing a written project-specific work plan package that consists of scope of work, levels of service vs. risk allocation, project schedule and desired project delivery method. The SUE work plan package is agreed upon by the SUE provider and the client, describing the SUE work to be performed.
Designating - The process of using a surface geophysical method or methods to interpret the presence of a subsurface utility and mark its approximate horizontal position on the ground surface or on above-ground surface markers.
Locating - The process of exposing and recording the precise vertical and horizontal location and providing utility size and configuration of a utility.
Data Management - The process of surveying, designating and locating information to project control and transferring it into the client's CADD system, GIS files, or project plans.
Conflict Analysis - The engineering process of using a conflict matrix to evaluate and compare depicted designating information with proposed plans (highway, bridge, drainage, and other) in order to inform all stakeholders of potential conflicts, potential resolutions and costs to cure.