Section 3: Utility Engineering ContractsAnchor: #i1002912
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)
The use of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) can prove to be a valuable resource to benefit TxDOT, LPAs, and utilities. An FHWA study, entitled "Cost Savings on Highway Projects Utilizing Subsurface Utility Engineering (2000)," reports a significant cost saving by more than 4:1 spent on SUE. Using SUE early can aid in determining:
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- the accurate alignment, elevation of a utility facility Anchor: #CVIECEAA
- those facilities that may remain in place, Anchor: #ELMBEBMX
- those facilities that can be accommodated by implementation of design modifications; and Anchor: #PKPODRIC
- those facilities that will require adjustment to clear proposed construction.
TxDOT design teams should use SUE for the following reasons:
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- Use of SUE providers conserves TxDOT resources. Anchor: #WIOFXWCQ
- SUE providers are trained and equipped to determine locations and elevations of utilities. Anchor: #WFPLKCXC
- Information provided by SUE can aid in identifying utility facilities' owners. Anchor: #LPYRIEMV
- Data can be obtained and submitted in a format compatible with design data. Anchor: #OYQCREHH
- Conflicts can be avoided through design changes. Anchor: #YSVOYFWA
- Determination of adjustments will accommodate proposed designs. Anchor: #MLTFSFSS
- Locations of unmarked or unknown utilities can be identified. Anchor: #GNPYMIBJ
- Risk to TxDOT is minimized; SUE provider assumes risk.
SUE deliverables should be integrated into TxDOT’s PS&E to enable the contractor and all other pertinent parties to have maximum information on utilities within the construction area.
If the SUE data is not integrated into TxDOT’s PS&E, SUE deliverables should be shared between:
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- TxDOT designers or consultants, Anchor: #COLQDRLO
- affected utilities, Anchor: #JCWIOAGM
- District Utility Section, and Anchor: #PFEQHIID
- LPAs (optional). Anchor: #UORHGHDX
Note: Use of TxDOT CADD standards in SUE deliverables is required.
A SUE contract may be funded through:
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- Design Division, Anchor: #UGUBVGQM
- ROW Division, or Anchor: #SBFGJLCQ
- District local contract. Anchor: #ESMIBMMN
Utility Coordination Contracts
In addition to the SUE contract, the Department recognizes the value and benefit of utilizing a consultant to coordinate the utility adjustment process. This is especially true in larger highway projects having numerous utility adjustments.
The utility coordination contract may include the following activities:
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- SUE; Anchor: #YRVOSOQB
- Coordination Meetings; Anchor: #KOJDARMG
- Utility Conflict Determination; Anchor: #GWGIRDSX
- Utility Conflict Resolution; Anchor: #WNBTONKL
- Preparation of Utility Agreement Assemblies; Anchor: #VYRBWBBG
- Review of PS&E; Anchor: #LSBBIIKU
- Monitoring of Progress, including inspections; and/or Anchor: #KTNTSXBL
- Preparation of joint Use Agreements and Verification of “As-Built” Plans.
The ROW Division should be contacted for further information on utility coordination contracts.