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September 29, 2015

The Engineering Surveying Manual

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The new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) was inaugurated at the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Pipelines 2015 Conference in Baltimore last month.  It is the first new ASCE technical institute since 2008 and the ninth overall.  Under preparation for more than two years, UESI is the first national organization embracing all utility and pipeline professionals involved in engineering, planning, design, construction, mapping, coordination, operations, and asset management regardless of the products they transport.

UESI is also a home for surveyors, engineers, technicians, CAD, and GIS professionals engaged in engineering surveying/geomatics. To that end the Task Committee on the Engineering Surveying Manual, a technical committees within the surveying division of UESI, met at Oregon State University in Corvallis last month. The meeting kicked-off an effort to update the more than 30-year old American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Engineering Surveying Manual of Practice.

The re-write, under the direction of Professor Dan Gillins, will prepare a manual that presents practical technical information about the application of engineering surveying methods and technologies useful to the typical civil engineer in everyday work. It will include much of the significant advancement in geomatics since the 1980s. Some of the topics included in the new manual of practice will be:

  • The Role of the Engineering Surveyor
  • Basics of Geodesy
  • Local Coordinate Systems and Map Projections,
  • Control Survey Error Management and Adjustment
  • Specifications, Survey Records
  • Terrestrial Surveying Technology
  • Satellite-based Surveying Technology
  • Mobile Surveying Technology
  • Aerial Surveying Technology
  • Construction Surveys and Mining Surveys

Once the writing is completed the new manual will be reviewed by a panel of experts before final approval is sought.  It will then be published and made available under the auspices of the ASCE.

You can learn more about UESI on its new web pages

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