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Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX) to Keynote SUE Conference

RESTON, VA - Organizers of the of the new Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association have announced that U.S. Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off conference to be held Thursday, July 26 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.

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.

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Hotel Deadline Extended

Due to demand, the hotel deadline has been extended until July 13, 2018. To reserve your room at the Capitol Skyline Hotel at the discounted rate of $189, please call 202-488-7500 and mention "Subsurface Utility Engineering".

Hotel Cancellation Policy: Individual reservations must be canceled no later than 3:00 PM, 72 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid cancellation charges.

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Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association to Form

Organizing Conference to be Held in Washington, DC, July 26

Reston, VA – A new trade and professional association of subsurface utility engineering (SUE) practitioners, the SUE Association, is being formed and an organizing conference will be held on Thursday, July 26 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.

The intent of the SUE association is to fill a niche for firms and individuals engaged in providing SUE services, as well as allied stakeholders. The SUE Association is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and increasing client understanding of the ASCE Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data (38-02) and its organizers have been working diligently to assure the new association complements and does not compete with or duplicate other trade, professional and technical association activities.

Discussions of a SUE association began with a meeting of more than 20 firms in the Middle Atlantic region in 2015. Earlier this year, a “SurveyMonkey” poll regarding the potential establishment of a national association of subsurface utility engineering (SUE) practitioners was issued. The results are in and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Consequently, an Organizing Conference on the establishment of the SUE Association will be held on Thursday, July 26 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.

A website,, has been established with results of the poll, information about the “kick off” conference, and details regarding the new SUE Association. In the coming days, an on-line conference registration will be open on the site.

This special one-day conference will feature sessions focused on discussions of issues facing SUE practice led by respected subject matter experts in the field. Additionally, presentations on infrastructure from Congress and the Trump Administration are planned. At the event, the necessary business of formally establishing the association, such as approving bylaws, electing a Board of Directors, and generally organizing this exciting new association will be carried out. In the near future, the website will have a full conference agenda.

“It has been my pleasure to work with a team of SUE firm principals and other interested parties in the development of the SUE Association and planning the Conference”, said John Palatiello, whose firm, John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., has been assisting the SUE Association founders. Palatiello is one of the leading association management executives in the engineering and geospatial field, with more than 35 years of experience in managing national and state trade associations and professional societies in surveying, mapping, and engineering. An original member of the federal government’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), Palatiello was named one of the “ten most influential people in the geospatial community” by Directions Magazine and is listed in Who’s Who in Professional Design Practice.

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the Conference so you are part of the launch of a trade and professional association exclusively dedicated to the advancement of SUE practice. You can also reserve a hotel room at a special SUE Association discount. Hotel reservation information is also posted on the website.

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