RESTON, VA – The organizational conference of a new Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association will feature a member of Congress, officials of the Trump Administration, and thought leaders from the SUE profession when practitioners convene on Thursday, July 26 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) will be the keynote speaker at 8:00 am. Rep. Weber is chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, with jurisdiction over pipeline research, development, and demonstration projects and a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over pipeline transportation safety, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), including the “Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act ” or “PIPES Act” of 2016, Public Law 114-183, and the National Pipeline Mapping System.
At 10:15 am Jim Anspach, Director of Utility Market and Practice Development, Cardno and Chair, Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), American Society of Civil Engineers and John Berrettini, Vice President and Co-Owner, A/I/DATA and Member, ASCE Committee on Utility Data Collection will discuss issues facing the SUE community.
Luncheon Speakers will be Anthony Bedell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Intergovernmental Affairs and Bobby Fraser, Director, Office of Governmental, International, and Public Affairs; Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); U.S. Department of Transportation.
In the afternoon, Justin Klein, President, Klein Agency, LLC will discuss Risk Management and Professional Liability in SUE. Additionally, John Palatiello, President of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. and SUE Association Consultant, will review activities that led to the conference and formation of the association and facilitate a vote on association bylaws, dues, and a board of directors, as well as facilitate a discussion of initial SUE Association programs and priorities.
The one-day kick-off conference will be preceded by an icebreaker reception sponsored by the Klein Agency, LLC, on Wednesday evening, July 25 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.
“This conference and the formation of the SUE Association is the result of an initial gathering of personnel from A/I/Data, Accumark, AMT, Insight, JMT, KCI, AB Consultants and the Klein Agency. We’re very pleased with the response to the kick-off conference and look forward to a successful launch and the beginning of an effective and beneficial association,” said John Palatiello.
Klein Agency is hosting a welcoming reception for SUE attendees. This icebreaker reception will be held on Wednesday evening, July 25, preceding the SUE Association kick-off conference on Thursday, July 26 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.
About the Klein Agency
Since 1982, the Klein Agency has been committed almost exclusively to serving design professionals. We listen to your needs, evaluate your risks, and design an insurance program that covers your exposures and reduces the costs of doing business.
As an insurance firm specializing in architecture, engineering and land surveying, we are recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic for our superior level of client service. Our track record is exemplified by privileged access to the leading E&O carriers, several state association endorsements, and our inclusion in a/e ProNet.
Part of what sets Klein apart from other brokers is that our clients receive contract review services, an annual meeting to discuss their policies and exposures, and access to continuing education seminars.
To read more about the Klein Agency’s support of Subsurface Utility Engineering Association, click here.
Congressman Weber, who represents the 14th district, which is along the Texas Gulf Coast, was a small business owner prior to his public service. After serving in the Texas state legislature, Rep. Weber was elected to Congress in 2012. He is chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, with jurisdiction over pipeline research, development, and demonstration projects and a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over pipeline transportation safety, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), including the “Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act ” or “PIPES Act” of 2016, Public Law 114-183, and the National Pipeline Mapping System.
Subsurface utility engineering is a process and technology for managing certain risks associated with utility mapping at appropriate quality levels, utility coordination, utility relocation design and coordination, utility condition assessment, communication of utility data to concerned parties, utility relocation cost estimates, implementation of utility accommodation policies and utility design.
Members of the Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) community will gather in Washington, DC on July 26 for a day of education, information, and organization of the new association. The one-day conference will include discussions of current SUE issues, as well as approve bylaws and a dues structure, and elect the first board of directors of the association.
Leaders of the SUE profession will facilitate discussions of issues facing SUE practice; such as the market for SUE services and risk management, including education from advisers who will provide a hands-on approach to review the exposures and provide available liability insurance coverage, licensing of SUE practitioners, as well as form the new association. Officials of the Trump Administration and Congress have also been invited to discuss infrastructure initiatives that will provide an increased demand for SUE services.
The organizational conference is designed to attract principals, owners, partners and senior professionals in SUE service firms, as well as equipment and technology manufacturers, leaders of firms providing software to the SUE community, as well as researchers and academicians, and personnel from Federal, state and local government agencies.
“We are honored to have Congressman Weber open the conference. As a lawmaker with committee assignments and leadership positions important to the SUE community, his remarks on infrastructure initiatives will set the tone of the day’s sessions and get the new SUE association off to a great start,” said John Palatiello, association management consultant to the organization’s founders.