February 2018 Vol. 73 No. 2


Utility Investigation School Scheduled at TTC

Geophysics for Subsurface Utility Engineering Professionals Short Course Offered

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University, in conjunction with the ASCE’S Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), have teamed up to hold the second TTC/UEIS School from Feb. 26 to March 2.

This short course will give practitioners the knowledge and tools to provide competent utility investigations in accordance with accepted national standards (ASCE 38-02), and to defend against claims through this knowledge and its documentation. In addition to the classroom lectures, practical sessions offer participants hands-on experience with ground penetrating radar (GPR) and other methods. This five-day school will be taught by the foremost experts in the geophysics and subsurface utility engineering field.

  • This school has been designed for:
    Engineers and surveyors, and project managers providing deliverables that include results and depictions of utility investigations
  • Consulting engineers, employees of utility companies, state

DOTs and local highway agencies, regulatory agencies, local governments
The use of GPR for utility locating will be covered, as well as GPR theory and factors affecting GPR penetration. A major component of this course is field experience. Students will learn to setup the equipment and proper surveying techniques (line scan and grid scan), including the use of GPS. Data will be downloaded and reviewed in the software, along with various data outputs and reports. Case studies and data interpretation will also be taught.

The course director is Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E. of the TTC. The primary instructor is Jim Anspach, Cardno Inc., Utility Engineering Practice Leader. He is also the current president of the UESI board of governors. Sponsoring organizations include UESI, NUCA, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and media sponsor Underground Construction.

At the end of this short course, students will receive four CEUs or 40 PDHs and a certificate of completion.

The course will take place on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Registration is $1,595, with a 10-percent discount for three or more attendees from the same company. To register:

Pay by check – Make check payable to the Trenchless Technology Center and mail to P.O. Box 10348, Trenchless Technology Center, Ruston, LA 71272
Pay by credit card – contact Fredda Wagner at (318) 257-4072
Pay online – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utility-investigation-school-uis-2018-tickets-41390955462

For additional questions, please contact Saleh at sbe013@latech.edu or call Fredda Wagner at (318) 257-4072.

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