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Cambria Hotel, Nashville, TN
September 17-19, 2024


Tuesday, September 17, 2024

  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Welcome Reception


Wednesday, September 18, 2024

  • 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome Remarks

  • 8:15 AM - 9:05 AM: Utility Coordination on Behalf of the Contractor

    • Speaker: Vinnie LaVallette, Kiewit Engineering Group

    • Description: Explore how the significant influx of utility information encountered throughout the pursuit and pre-award stages of a design-build project can be used for engineering progress. In these critical phases, the volume and complexity of utility data play a pivotal role in the overall project success. We analyze the challenges faced in managing this abundance of information and propose strategies for effective integration into the project planning process. By addressing these issues, this research aims to enhance the efficiency and reliability of design-build project data, ultimately reducing delays and costs.

  • 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Local Utility Panel Discussion

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Break

  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM: ASCE Utility Infrastructure Data Exchange & Security Committee Initiatives & Collaboration with Federal Agencies

    • Speaker: Dan Colby, Utility Mapping Services

    • Description: Collaboration with TSA / DHS / CISA regarding utility infrastructure data sharing guidance and definitions for Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and how ASCE and the SUE Association can join forces to help mold future guidance.

  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Overview of CGA Best Practices TR 2023 -01 - Subsurface Utility Engineering

    • Speakers: Nicholas Zembillas, SUE LLC, and Kirk Kirkpatrick, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.

  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch

  • 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM: Utility Infrastructure Outside of the U.S.

    • Speakers: SUE Latam, 4Sight, Lowe Engineers, 4M​

  • 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM: Leveraging ALL Your Technology

    • Speaker: Bill McIntyre, ProStar

    • Description: Technology is changing at lightning speed. However, the key is to be able to leverage ALL that technology so that it is easily “accessible”, provides “value” and “efficiency”! Bill will review some of the changes in the equipment and mapping industry that have and will change how we capture, leverage and manage geospatial data for greater speed, accuracy and efficiency.

  • 3:00 PM - 3:10 PM: Break

  • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM: The Use of AI Technology for Mapping Utilities at Scale

    • Speaker: Raz Ezra, 4M Analytics​

    • Description: The future of utility location is evolving quickly and with Artificial Intelligence (AI) deployed alongside traditional Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), One Call Locating processes, it is changing the landscape of early risk mitigation. This session is an exploration of how the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to collect, interpret and synthesize the vast amount of siloed utility data available in the public and private domain is enhancing traditional efforts and transforming the Utility Damage Prevention and Utility Engineering markets.

  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: SUE Association Annual Meeting

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Dinner


Thursday, September 19, 2024

  • 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM: Language to Define SUE as a Professional/Legislative Update

    • Speaker: John Palatiello, Executive Director​, SUE Association

    • Description: The SUE Association was formed to elevate the practice of Subsurface Utility Engineering, help clients and the public understand the difference between professional level SUE as defined in ASCE 38-22 and other location or mapping activities that are less comprehensive and deliver a lower level of precision and accuracy, and promote professionalism in the delivery of SUE services.  While the use of proper language and terminology can support these objectives, other words can work against the advancement of this professional image.  This session will address counter-productive terminology that members of the SUE community should avoid, as well as positive nomenclature that members of the SUE community should utilize in marketing, public relations, proposals, contracts, social media, and other communications. The misperceptions, misunderstanding, or misuse of the meaning of commonly abused terms, public perception, and legal ramifications of language used in SUE will all be explored.

  • 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM: What are the Duties of a SUE Professional-in-Responsible Charge

    • ​Speaker: Jim Anspach, ASCE

    • Description: We hear the term a lot, and it sounds self-descriptive, but do we know how a jury of our peers might interpret the term?  How about the law?  What about the ethics of the term?  This session will discuss those issues from the perspective of subsurface utility engineering.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM: What Drives Risk?

    • Speaker: Mark Amirault, Klein Agency, LLC​

    • Description: This session will focus on what drives risk for the SUE firm. During this open discussion the attendees will be able to asses and determine the risks within the processes that may impact the safety and welfare of others, as well as understanding how an unclear or inappropriate scope of work can create undue exposure for your firm.

  • 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM: NCEES Status of Licensing Update

  • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Board of Directors Panel Discussion

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