Shedding Light on the Unknown
MES uses state-of-the-art seismic and imaging technology combined with computer visualization and simulation to identify critical subsurface assets in the project area. With this data, we are able to avoid potential conflicts and, when necessary, use non-destructive extraction equipment to retrofit, replace, or relocate underground infrastructure.
Why is Subsurface Underground Engineering (SUE) Important?
Relocating facilities can be time-consuming and costly. Getting a SUE specialist like MES involved in a project early can help keep relocating costs at a minimum.
The insights gained from subsurface engineering allows us to design all projects for constructibility. This means identifying not only the proposed project route, but also accurate field and utility data on potential conflicts. The early identification of these conflicts is critical to avoid damaging existing infrastructure and costly project delays.
MES has performed SUE on a number of projects for AT&T, saving the telecom company hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.
MES begins SUE projects by attending public improvement meetings on our client’s behalf to gather information on the project. Next, our crews field locate the facility and place it on the improvement plan with vertical and horizontal references. Projects are reviewed in three dimensions:
- Plan View – Overhead view of the project showing all features and alignments
- Profile – Underground view of utilities and grade changes shown parallel with the road to be constructed
- Cross Section – A slice of the road looking down the center showing above ground and below ground features &
We provide consultation to our clients with a feasibility study on improvement projects impact & their design. Based on the impact, we suggest our client if the relocation is needed or the client’s facility can stay in place. This can save our clients thousands of dollars. It has been our experience that municipalities are more than willing to make accommodations.
If relocation can’t be avoided, we can still use the study to create an accurate comparison of existing conditions and the proposed construction and help budget for relocation. The output is a topographical map showing how the relocated utilities will avoid conflict with the proposed project, giving permitting agencies, municipal consultants, and construction contractors a clear understanding of the design. This way, we can offer our clients assurance that the most economical and timely plan is being proposed.
MES will provide design, construction, and project management services to facilitate the relocation if required. We have in-house resources to complete all make-read and manhole inspections so that when the project enters the construction phase, all potential roadblocks have been cleared.
Contact MES for Help With the Following Subsurface Engineering Services:
- Proactive resolution of conflicts to avoid unnecessary construction costs
- 3-dimensional plan reviews
- Topographic surveys at various levels of detail
- Liaising with permitting agencies
Contact us today to explore how we can help with your next project.