Subsurface Utility Engineering and Damage Prevention

Subsurface Utility Management and Damage Prevention

ASCE 38-02, The Engineer, The Surveyor, and Utility Locating

July 18-19, 2022 | Online :: Pacific Time

A successful project starts with properly understanding and mapping the project site, and this includes the utilities we cannot see. Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is a discipline of civil engineering that involves the investigation of buried utilities and identifying the conflicts they may pose to a project design in order to mitigate associated risks. By properly understanding the intent of ASCE Standard 38-02, which closely follows the concepts already in place in SUE, and applying it to the engineering design, you can minimize utility strikes and RFI’s due to design issues resulting from utilities being found that were not identified in the plan set.

We will look at ASCE Standard 38-02 and talk about ASCE 38-22, examining a few of the changes to the standard and discussing how to apply the utility mapping quality levels cited. We will walk through engineering design submittals (30%, 60%, and 90%) and analyze what level of utility detection and mapping should be done at each stage. This will include the surveyor’s role in locating surface visible evidence of utilities and subsurface evidence of utilities (i.e. paint marks, pins, flags and feathers).

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of utility detection/locating and mapping
  • Understand how to implement ASCE 38-02 in your Civil Design
  • Examine what utility detection equipment can and cannot do
  • Distinguish when you would testhole utility lines and the benefits of developing a strategic testhole plan
  • Assess the surveyor’s role in the creation of an ASCE 38-02 Civil Design
  • Identify the data that can be used during construction and post construction
  • Analyze what the future holds for utility detection/locating and mapping for Civil Design


Monday, July 18, 2022 | Pacific Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Introduction

  • Overview
  • Objectives

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Why is Utility Detection/Locating Important to Your Design Procedures

An understanding of the state of our infrastructure and the state of utility as-built plans highlights the importance of utility detection and locating. By mapping the utilities found accurately, utility strikes and RFI’s can be minimized saving time and money.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Overview of ASCE 38-02 and Highlights of ASCE 38-22

A look at ASCE Standard 38-02 and the utility mapping quality levels. This session will examine each quality level and discuss how, like building blocks, each level builds upon the others. We will also look at the history of ASCE Standard 38-02 and what the future may look like under ASCE Standard 38-22.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Utility Detection/Locating Definitions and Methodology

This section will examine the equipment available to utility detection specialists and how the technology is used. By understanding the tools that utility detection specialists have at their disposal, the civil engineer and surveyor can better understand how to direct the specialist on what they need detected. We will also discuss what this equipment can and cannot detect, and the accuracy levels you can expect.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. :: ASCE 38-02 and the Engineering Design Process (Part 1)

Whether you are designing a street, a strip mall, or a tract of homes, utility research, detection, locating, and mapping is vital to a successful project. We will walk through when to implement each of the ASCE quality levels during the key design milestones of 30%, 60% and 90% submittals. Understanding how to implement each of the quality levels gives the design engineer the ability to convey his/her needs to the surveyor and utility detection specialist.


Tuesday, July 19, 2022 : Pacific Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: ASCE 38-02 and the Engineering Design Process (Part 2)

This session will continue to discuss the design process and the importance of utility mapping. We will also discuss educating clients on how the upfront cost associated with mapping utilities properly and accurately can save time and money during construction.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Construction is Completed Now What?

A look at the importance of as-built surveying and the creation of good as-built plans during the construction process. We will discuss asset management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping software and how it can streamline access to as-built plans and the maintenance of new and existing utilities.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Future of Utility Detection/Locating and Mapping

  • 3D Modeling
  • LIDar scan backpacks
  • Utility detection equipment and better GPS accuracy
  • Use of virtual reality in construction


Tom Pilarski, Psomas, Director/Vice President Subsurface Utility Engineering

Tom Pilarksi is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a member of Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI). As a UESI member, he has had many opportunities to talk to Surveyors, Engineers, and Utility Detection Specialists about ASCE 38-02 and the importance of utility mapping. He has also worked with many utility detection equipment manufacturers on the equipment needs for survey and engineering firms and how they might differ from firms that just perform utility detection/locating.

Tom has been a Professional Land Surveyor for 12 years and has been in the Land Surveying and Engineering industry since his teens, when he worked for his father, co-owner of Hovell and Pilarski Engineering. Tom worked with First American Title, assisting in reviewing and issuing title insurance for major developments in California. In 2008 Tom joined Psomas as Project Surveyor where he assisted in writing a new mapping and design workflow for the Southern California Gas Company that would help them better track their assets. This experience involved working with many utility detection specialists and impressed upon him the importance of properly depicting utilities on design plans.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
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Subsurface Utility Management and Damage Prevention

July 18-19, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

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Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and Q&A will be used in this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Land Surveyors
  • Civil Engineers
  • Utility Detection Specialists
  • Utility Risk Management Professionals
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • City Planning Agencies
  • Researchers
  • Corporate Communication Specialists
  • Insurers
  • Consultants

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