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. During the 90’s he served as project manager and design engineer-of-record for several large interstate (I-15) reconstruction projects in Montana.
Phil has been directing subsurface utility engineering services (SUE) on a national level since 1996 and in 2002 co-founded UMS (a Veteran Owned Small Business) 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 Council of Engineering Companies, 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 serves on the CI/ASCE 38 and currently chairs the committee for the ASCE Standard for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data, and the Utiltiy Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) Utility Investigation committee.
Phil is currently involved with implementing 3-D digital utility data repositories, standards, and supporting applications for the Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin and Montana DOTs. Phil recently (2014-15) co-authored a 3-D Utility Surveying Practices report for the Wisconsin DOT, and presented those findings in April 2015 at the IADOT sponsored 3-D Design Workshop. At FHWA’s request he recently presented digital 3-D utility management practices to a nationwide audience for the Every Day Counts webinar series.
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