The institute will be fully operational in October and is expected to draw up to 8,000 members
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) has launched the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI).
ASCE’s President Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE and inaugural UESI President Randall C. Hill, P.E., F.ASCE unveiled the new institute in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the association’s 2015 Pipelines Conference in Baltimore.
ASCE’s ninth technical institute, UESI will be the first national organization designed to embrace professionals engaged in utility and pipeline infrastructure engineering regardless of the products they transport, as well as surveying professionals. Once fully operational in October, the institute will establish standards and manuals of practice that reflect quality engineering practices including planning, design, construction, operations and asset management for utility infrastructure and surveying.
The vision of Stevens, whose leadership path began in ASCE’s technical institutes, UESI will provide a home for pipeline and utility infrastructure engineers and surveyors where they can collectively work to strengthen the two professions.
“Technical excellence has always been at the heart of ASCE and its mission,” Stevens said. “The establishment of UESI will give our members working in these fields an organization focused on their needs and unique opportunities to work together using ASCE’s strong, recognized brand to push for innovations.”
UESI is led by a 10-member board of governors from a variety of utility pipeline and surveying disciplines. As the organization evolves, it is expected to draw up to 8,000 members.