An Industry Pioneer, Role Model and Enthusiastic Leader
JIM ANSPACH WAS NOMINATED AS A DAMAGE PREVENTION HERO FOR HIS DEDICATION TO THE INDUSTRY BY SCOTT LANDES, PRESIDENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES. “JIM LIVES AND BREATHES DAMAGE PREVENTION. PEOPLE LIKE JIM KEEP THE INDUSTRY MOVING FORWARD,” LANDES SAID.
His praise was echoed by Lawrence Arcand, President of T2 Utility Engineers, “Jim’s relentless pursuit of better practices and processes about gathering utility information” qualifies him to be a Damage Prevention Hero. A force within the industry for decades, his accomplishments could fill the pages of an entire magazine.
Jim is well known globally as the pioneer, principal founder, and patriarch of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). Described as an iconic force, tireless defender, and persuasive diplomat for SUE Best Practices, Jim is always a lap ahead of everyone else. His inspirational and enthusiastic nature draws others who want to contribute to fundamentally changing the industry for the better.
Jim developed and promoted ASCE 38 – Standard of Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data which is now considered an international industry standard within the U.S., Canada, and overseas. This is the guide for subsurface utility engineering practices which simply didn’t exist prior to Jim entering this career path, according to Phil Meis, President and Principal Engineer of Utility Mapping Services, Inc.
Jim spearheaded, guided and mentored the establishment of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which offers professionals working within the utility, pipeline engineering, and surveying/geomatics communities the opportunity to network with others and shape the future of the industry by participating in technical activities, conferences, and the development of internationally recognized standards.
‘‘Thank you, Jim, for always being willing to step up and do what needs to be done, for being a leader in the industry, and, more importantly, for being a leader by example.”
In 2018, Jim was named a Distinguished Member of ASCE, an honor reserved for ASCE Members or Fellows who have attained eminence in some branch of engineering or related arts and sciences. In ASCE’s 166-year history, only 697 engineers have achieved the honor. The organization’s current membership includes just 229 Distinguished Members.
Acknowledged by Cesar Quiroga, Senior Research Engineer of the Utility Engineering Program with Texas A&M Transportation Institute, for his willingness to share his knowledge and provide valuable mentorship, Jim recently provided guidance for both the construction and 811 industries in their push to pass SB 18-167 in Colorado, which took an established best practice (SUE compliant with ASCE 38) and made it law.
Described as the “Lord of Voluntold” by Meis, Jim certainly practices what he preaches by volunteering his time to speak to students through presentations at colleges, providing leadership within ASCE and UESI, and giving time and guidance by serving on multiple boards, including Buried Asset Management Institute – International, Transportation Research Board, National Academies as a subject expert, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, Federal Highway Administration as an investigator, and National Damages Prevention Conferences as a board advisor.
Jim’s contributions impact the industry on all levels and the gratitude runs deep. Tom Iseley, Professor Emeritus with Louisiana Tech University and Director of Development with Trenchless Technology Center, said, “It has been a delight to know and work with Jim over the years in numerous capacities. He has been a tremendous resource due to his knowledge, experience, and willingness to provide guidance and support. He has been an effective role model for all who have worked with him and especially the younger professionals. I appreciate his commitment to training, certification, and professional development. He is definitely a Damage Prevention Hero!”
Lynn Osborne, Owner of LEO Consulting, LLC and UESI President, added, “Thank you, Jim, for always being willing to step up and do what needs to be done, for being a leader in the industry, and, more importantly, for being a leader by example.”