Documenting Accurate Utility Locations The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) believes that a standard for producing common utility “as-built” data is essential for accommodating and safeguarding public and commercial infrastructure, protecting the public, enabling emerging 3D digital design and construction technologies, and making optimal use of public right-of-way. Currently, utility records are inconsistent throughout …
Philip J. Meis, P.E. is a registered professional engineer with a background in civil design, surveying and mapping, geophysics, and data management. From 1986-90 he served as a NOAA Corps commissioned officer. From 2001-02 he was project manager and engineer-of-record for the SUE effort on the new I-70 Mississippi River Bridge design in St. Louis and the first SUE term contract for the TXDOT San Antonio District.
Phil has been directing subsurface utility engineering services (SUE) on a national level since 1996 and in 2002 co-founded Utility Mapping Services, Inc. (UMS) specifically to address and execute SUE as a rigorous geophysical and engineering discipline. He is active with the Transportation Research Board Utilities Committee (AFB70), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Phil served on an National Research Council Strategic Highway Resarch Program 2 initiative, R-15B, to standardize usage of utilitiy conflict matrices. He currently chairs the committee for the ASCE Standard for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data, and is vice-chair for the Utiltiy Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) Utility Risk Management Division.
Phil was project director for implementing a 3-D digital utility data repository along with data collection standards for the Montana DOT, which received the ACEC Engineering Excellence 2020 National Recognition Award. He co-authored a 3-D Utility Surveying Practices report for the Wisconsin DOT and presented those findings at the IADOT sponsored 3-D Design Workshop. At FHWA’s request he has presented digital 3-D utility management practices to a nationwide audience for the Every Day Counts webinar series. While chair of the ASCE UESI Utility Investigation and SUE Committee, Phil helped lead the development of the Effective Utility Records Research white paper recently presented in a February 2019 ASCE webinar.