The organizational conference of a new Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association will feature a member of Congress, officials of the Trump Administration, and thought leaders from the SUE profession when practitioners convene on July 26 in Washington, DC.
“This conference and the formation of the SUE Association is the result of an initial gathering of personnel from A/I/Data, Accumark, AMT, Insight, JMT, KCI, AB Consultants and the Klein Agency. We're very pleased with the response to the kick-off conference and look forward to a successful launch and the beginning of an effective and beneficial association,” says John Palatiello, president of John M. Palatiello & Associates and SUE Association consultant.
U.S. Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) will be the keynote speaker. Rep. Weber is chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 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.
Jim Anspach, director of utility market and practice development, Cardno, and chair, Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), American Society of Civil Engineers, and John Berrettini, vice president and co-owner, A/I/DATA, and member, ASCE Committee on Utility Data Collection, will discuss issues facing the SUE community.
Luncheon speakers will be Anthony Bedell, deputy assistant Secretary of Transportation for Intergovernmental Affairs, and Bobby Fraser, director, Office of Governmental, International, and Public Affairs; Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); U.S. Department of Transportation.
In the afternoon, Justin Klein, president, Klein Agency, will discuss risk management and professional liability in SUE. Additionally, Palatiello will review activities that led to the conference and formation of the association and facilitate a vote on association bylaws, dues, and a board of directors, as well as a discussion of initial SUE Association programs and priorities.