The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has launched the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), giving surveyors and civil engineers one more reason to “dig” their profession.
ASCE’s President Robert D. Stevens and inaugural UESI President Randall C. Hill unveiled the new institute in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the association’s 2015 Pipelines Conference in Baltimore. “Technical excellence has always been at the heart of ASCE and its mission,” says Stevens. “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 marks the first national organization designed to embrace professionals engaged in utility and pipeline infrastructure engineering and surveying. Once fully operational in October, the institute will be a worldwide leader in establishing standards and manuals of practice that reflect state-of- the-art engineering practices including planning, design, construction, operations and asset management for utility infrastructure and surveying. UESI is ASCE’s ninth technical institute.
The vision of Stevens, whose leadership path began in ASCE’s technical institutes, is that UESI will provide a home for pipeline and utility infrastructure engineers and surveyors where they can collectively work to strengthen the two professions. 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.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure graded America’s cumulative GPA for infrastructure at a D+. The Report Card app for Apple and Android devices includes videos, interactive maps and infographics that tell the story behind the grades, as well as key facts for all 50 states.