First local UESI organization in Texas
by Kate Hallaway and Ronke Osibajo
In February 2021, the Houston Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE Houston) and the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) signed the agreements to establish the first local UESI organization in Texas.
UESI has existed at the state level for several years, but as of 2020, there were no organizations at a local level. The establishment of the UESI Houston Chapter makes ASCE Houston the first ASCE chapter in Texas to have a local UESI chapter. Programming can now be tailored to local engineers and surveyors, as well as agencies within the Greater Houston area. Local construction issues that may not get the opportunity for discussion in the state or national organizations can also be adequately addressed at the local level. Our members can be at the forefront of industry advancements and how they impact projects in the Greater Houston area.
As a Houston-based organization, UESI Houston is strategically able to bring utility, pipeline, surveying, and geomatics professionals’ opportunities to network and shape the future of the local industry beyond. This remarkable leap forward is exciting for many, including professionals in the utility industry as it is a step ahead of the much-anticipated release of the new ASCE standard for Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). Similarly, professionals in the survey industry will have more opportunities to collaborate and support their local clients through the upcoming deprecation of the U.S. survey foot currently set for December 31, 2022.
UESI Houston held its inaugural event on June 30, 2021, with an Overview of CenterPoint’s Electrical and Gas Distribution systems. The virtual event was well attended and provided valuable information relating to working within the CenterPoint easements with which many Houston engineers and surveyors are familiar. The next virtual event that will provide a learning opportunity for one (1) hour of professional development is currently scheduled for October 27th.
Houston UESI plans to offer quarterly programs and will eventually begin in-person events when it is safe enough to do so.
For more information or to get involved, please email [email protected].
Events are also posted on the ASCE Houston Branch calendar at ascehouston.org.
TxUESI Mission Statement: To Elevate and Promote the Utility Engineering & Surveying profession in Texas.