Public Works Expo 2018

WE09 - Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) for Design-Build Projects

Aug 29, 2018 8:30am ‐ Aug 29, 2018 9:20am


Unexpected utility conflicts and associated damages consistently rank as a leading source of change orders and schedule delays on transportation projects. As the need for utilities to occupy highway right-of-way increases, the demand for innovation in contracting increases. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently completed $300 million design-build project using SUE as the primary utility coordination and relocation framework. The project included reconstruction of highways, major arterials, and interchanges over 2.5 years. Join in this discussion about lessons learned from all views including the property owner, design-builder, the utility owners and utility coordinators.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Identify design-build projects that would benefit from using SUE for utility coordination.
  • Develop effective strategies for applying SUE to design-build projects.
  • Implement SUE through all stages of your next design-build project.


  • Ted Ingalls, PE, Municipal Engineer, HNTB Corporation, Overland Park, KS
  • Steve Kellerman, PE, Chief Engineer, Clarkson Construction Company, Kansas City, MO
  • Alicia Turner, Right-of-Way Manager, City of Overland Park, KS

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