SUE Association Conference Program 
Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington DC
September 25 – 26, 2019


Wednesday, September 25

7:30 AM 

Conference Check In, Continental Breakfast, and Exhibits

8:30 AM

Welcome to the SUE Association

The Subsurface Utility Engineering Association was formed in the summer of 2018 to promote knowledge, best practices, and the exchange of information in the profession; ensure the protection of public health, welfare and safety; and educate clients and other stakeholders of the value and benefits of subsurface utility engineering services.  This session will review the history and founding of the association, accomplishments, and goals.

Presenters: John Berrettini, A/I/Data and SUE Association President, John Palatiello, SUE Association Executive Director

9:15 AM

How SUE Was Put Into Law: The Colorado Experience

A new law requiring SUE services on certain projects was enacted into law by the state legislature and Governor in Colorado.  Learn how this law works, how it came about, and ways it can be promoted in other states.

Presenter: Andrew Sylvest, SAM, LLC, and SUE Association Director

10:00 AM


10:15 AM

The Evolution of SUE: Past, Present and the Future

This panel discussion will provide insight on the history, current practice, and future of subsurface engineering.

Moderator: Daniel Checchia, KEITH Engineering and SUE Association Director

Panelists: James Anspach, Cardno, Nicholas Zembillas, Subsurface Utility Engineering, LLC and SUE Association Director, C. Paul Scott, Former FHwA Utility Manager, Jeremy Burns, PLS, The Wilson T. Ballard Company, Phil Meis, Utility Mapping Services

11:15 AM

SUE for Transportation

Loren Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation, will discuss current and potential future policy initiatives to utilize SUE on transportation and infrastructure projects in FHWA, FAA, FTA, FRA, and PHMSA*.

12:00 PM


A member of Congress or Trump Administration official will present an update on prospects for infrastructure investments led by the federal government.

Presenter: TBA

1:30 PM

SUE Technologies

A panel of equipment, systems, and software providers will share insights on current and emerging technology advancements in their respective designating and locating  fields for use in the provision of SUE professional services.

Panelists : Simon Pedley, Leica/Hexagon; Mike Klonsinski*, Berntsen; Matthew Wolf, ImpulseRadar; Frank Russo, Tellus; Peter Mann, Radio Detection. 

2:30 PM

SUE for Homeland Security

Dan Cotter, Director of Science and Technology in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will present the numerous requirements for subsurface utility location data and how the SUE community can help DHS meet them.*

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

DARPA Subterranean Survey and Mapping Initiative

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a Subterranean Survey and Mapping Initiative to collect highly accurate and reproducible ground-truth data for subterranean environments through advanced mapping and surveying technologies and methodologies. Learn of DARPA’s interest in understanding the state-of-the-art in innovative technologies that have the potential to disruptively and positively impact how the subterranean domain is leveraged without prohibitive cost and risk to human lives and allow for exploring and exploiting these dark and dirty environments that are too dangerous to deploy humans.*

Speaker: TBA

4:30 PM

Networking Reception


Thursday, September 26

8:00 AM 

Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 

8:30 AM

Smart Cities: The Role for SUE

Learns how capturing and visualizing below-ground assets will enable cities of the future, to plan and develop more efficient urban environments. Smarter cities provide benefits for agencies, utility companies, and other stakeholders to reduce the cost and time required for street projects.*

Speaker: TBA

9:30 AM

Promoting SUE and ASCE 38-02 Through Legislation

Organizations that support SUE and ASCE 38-02 can serve the public interest and promote adoption of subsurface utility engineering through advocacy of all forms of transportation and infrastructure legislation. This session will explore a new cooperative effort

Panelists: Allen Gray, Associated General Contractors; Martin Hight*, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE
Association. Moderator: John Palatiello, SUE Association

10:15 AM

SUE Association Annual Meeting

Pursuant to the bylaws of the newly formed SUE Association, an annual membership is convened to report on the association’s activities, conduct its business affairs, and conduct an election of members of the Board of Directors.

Presiding Officer: John Berrettini, A/I/Data and SUE Association President

12:00 PM – Conference Adjournment 

* Invited

Workshop on ASCE 38-02 Revisions and Update
(separate registration)

1:00 – 5:00 PM Educational Workshop 

A committee of the Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has completed development of an update to ASCE C-I 38-02, Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data. The chair of the committee, Jim Anspach will lead an in-depth workshop explaining the current standard and proposed revisions, and how firms can be ready to implement the new standard once it is adopted for use in early 2020.

Continuing Education Certificate 

Participants in the 2019 SUE Association conference and/or workshop will receive a certificate of completion after the event. Compliance with state licencing regulations on continuing education, is the responsibility of each individual.

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