JAMES H. ANSPACH (JIM) is the Director and Senior Fellow at Cardno Inc, responsible for M&A activity, international standards development, and research concerning underground utility engineering issues. Jim is considered a principal founder of the profession of subsurface utility engineering. He is an authority on standard of care issues for the utility damage prevention and the practice of subsurface utility engineering. Jim has 34 years of experience in the research, development, and application of surface geophysical techniques for the purpose of utility identification and detection. He has served as a Project Manager or Principal for thousands of utility mapping and/or coordination projects. He routinely serves on national and international committees regarding utility detection, mapping, damage prevention, and standards. He published numerous papers on subsurface engineering. He was expert witness in over 30 cases. Jim is a frequent lecturer at Universities on utility issues.
JOHN P. CAMPBELL is recently retired from Texas DOT. John holds a BS degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and MBA from the University of Texas in Dallas. He is also a graduate of the Governors Executive Development Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas in Austin. John was with the TX Department of Transportation for 27 years. He began his career as a utility coordinator in Dallas, moved to the Chief Utilities Engineer position in Austin and was appointed Director of the Right of Way Division in 1999 serving in that capacity for 17 years until his recent retirement. John gained valuable utility construction and utility design experience in the private sector in Dallas. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) and has been a Certified IRWA instructor since 2007.
Dr. CESAR QUIROGA is the Senior Research Engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). His professional and research interests include utility conflict management; utility data collection and mapping, accommodation, coordination, and permitting; 3D, BIM, GIS, and other spatial data technology applications; data modeling and database design and development; optimization of the project development and delivery process; interaction between energy developments and transportation systems; asset and infrastructure management; and right-of-way acquisition and property management. He is active on several committees and organizations. At the Transportation Research Board (TRB), he is the Chair of the Utilities Committee as well as a member of the Design Section and the CIM Subcommittee. At the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), he is a member of the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data Standards Subcommittee and the Collection, Administration, and Exchange of Utility Infrastructure Data Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the recently established Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) at ASCE.
PHILIP J. MEIS is the Principal Engineer and Business Development Lead at Utility Mapping Services, Inc (UMS). Phil is a registered professional engineer with a diverse background in civil design, surveying and mapping, geophysics, and data management, is well suited for subsurface utility engineering. In 2002 Mr. Meis co-founded UMS to specifically address and execute SUE as a rigorous geophysical and engineering discipline. He has provided SUE services on a national level since 1996. He has presented regularly at numerous conferences including National Highway Joint Usage and Utility Educational Conference; AASHTO Subcommittee for R/W and Utilities; Design Build Institute; Common Ground Alliance; DOT state conferences in CO, MT, UT, MN, WA; APWA National Congress. Phil has published numerous papers advocating the use of SUE and new data acquisition and data management techniques. He holds MS in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.
GARY YOUNG is the Senior Vice President at Underground Imaging Technologies (UIT). Gary holds a BS degree in Geophysics. His employment experience includes applications and R&D in geophysics for mining, oil and gas, environmental, and infrastructure. He worked for Exxon Production Research Company, Argonne National Laboratory, Vermeer Corp and UIT, in R&D, applications development and operations. Gary is a licensed professional geophysicist in Texas and Certified Professional Geologist. Gary was the conceptual developer and chief scientist of the multi-sensor platform geophysical system offered by UIT for imaging the subsurface and mapping utilities. He is the PI for a National Academy of Sciences project for development of the next generation multi-sensor platform for utility mapping. Since UIT was acquired by Caterpillar, Inc., Gary has worked to get enhanced utility mapping data into machine control and guidance systems of excavators.
BRIAN TOOLEY is the Damage Prevention Manager at Lone Star 811, responsible for leading underground facility damage prevention efforts in Texas by promoting the use of 811 and other safe excavation best practices through coordination, outreach, public speaking and training. Brian began his career with a large utility contractor performing OSP (outside plant) engineering and constructing long-haul fiber optic cable routes, then providing turnkey services for independent Telco’s and Cooperatives with a small consulting engineering firm. He continued his career with a major communications provider obtaining management and staff support experience that led to development of new programs, policies and procedures and leadership positions, both internally and within industry associations. He has provided expert testimony regarding safe excavation practices in the vicinity of existing underground facilities, calculated monetary damages involving telecommunications facilities and successfully resolved numerous facility damage claims. Brian holds BS in construction engineering technology from Louisiana Tech University.
DR NEVEN SIMICEVIC is the Professor of Physics at Louisiana Tech University and Director of Center for Applied Physics Studies from 2005-2014. He holds Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from University of Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to working at research institutes in the U.S., Germany and Switzerland, he was a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has extensive experience in experimental techniques and computational and numerical methods. Neven designed and built electronics, magnets, collimators, monitors, timing counters, and detectors for different experiments. He has developed computer programs for simulation of electromagnetic, acoustic and elastic wave propagation through complex media, essential in development of radar systems and infrastructure inspection sensors. Related to underground investigations, in addition to several publications he holds patents on pipe survey method using UWB signal, method and apparatus for detecting buried objects, and system and method for ground penetrating radar communication.
BARBARA FEATHERSTON is the Director of Water and Sewerage at City of Shrveport, LA. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering. She has 25 years of experience working for engineering consulting firms specializing in water and sewer projects. As the Assistant City Engineer in City of Shreveport, she had planned, budgeted andf managed water and seweer capital projects. in her current position, she manages a 100 million dollar opeartions budget with a staff of over 300. She holds class 4 Operator Certification in water production, water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment. BArbara is the member of WEF, AWWA, ASCE and the LOuisiana Conference.
CURTIS DAVIS is the Superintendent of Field Operations at City of Shreveport. He has worked for the City of Shreveport since 1987. He oversees a division of the Water and Sewerage Department with over 130 employees and an annual operations budget of almost $10 million. He is Class 4 certified as a water/wastewater operator in water production, water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment. Curtis has served the water and wastewater profession through numerous professional organizations including the American Water Works Association and the Louisiana Conference on Water Supply, Sewerage and Industrial Waste. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Fuller Award for the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association.
LARRY STONITSCH is the president of Rovanco Piping Systems. He founded the company in 1969 which has since manufactured millions of liner feet of pre-isulated and pre-fabricated specialty piping systems. Larry holds several patents related to manufacture of insulated pipes and installation of conduit systems as inventor or co-inventor. He is on the Board of Directors of the North America District Heating and Cooling Association and a member of the International District Heating and Cooling Association. Larry has been presenting frequently at industry meetings for over 47 years.