American Society of Civil Engineers unveiled its new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute for pipeline & surveying professionals at the association’s 2015 Pipelines Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this week.

According to ASCE, UESI will be the first national organization designed for professionals engaged in utility and pipeline infrastructure engineering, including surveying professionals, regardless of the products being transported.

Once fully operational in October, ASCE says the institute intends to be a global leader in establishing standards and manuals of practice for pipeline & surveying practices, including planning, design, construction, operations, and asset management for utility infrastructure.

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The vision of ASCE’s President Robert Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, the goal of UESI is to provide a home for pipeline & surveying professionals where they can collectively work to strengthen the two professions.

“Technical excellence has always been at the heart of ASCE and its mission,” said 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 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.

Visit the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute for more information.