The TTC Utility Investigations School is the second of short specialty schools offered by the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), following the TTC Auger Boring School developed in 2015. This time TTC partnered with the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) to develop the school purpose and program.
The purpose of this school is to educate how to perform utility investigations in accordance with national standards. There has been little opportunity for instruction of this kind at the university level for practicing professionals and students in utility risk management for existing project development. Most post-graduate instruction to-date has been self-directed; most knowledge and information has come from on-the-job training, conferences, and introductory webinars or one-day overview classes by ASCE. This TTC Utility Investigations School is the first of its kind.
This is the first of several planned similar courses in other aspects of utility risk management such as Utility Coordination, Utility Relocation Design, Utility Asset Management, and more. The ultimate goal is to provide a path towards practicing in the field of Utility Engineering, with all its myriad individual components. As our nation’s existing underground infrastructure continues to age, become more congested, and dangerous to the public at large, Utility Engineering as an option of study and practice will continue to grow in importance.
The school will be held for the first time in August 2016 and will be offered periodically based on demand.
UESI Founding Governor, Chair of ASCE-38