Subsurface Utility Engineering Task Order Services Contract

Statewide, Georgia

Since 2004, KCI has provided overhead and subsurface utility engineering (SUE) services to GDOT under multiple consecutive statewide task order contracts. The scope of work for assignments includes:

  • Establish the location of existing underground and overhead utilities within the limits of GDOT construction projects
  • Determine how these utilities will be impacted by proposed construction
  • Conduct utility impact analysis (UIA) to determine conflicts
  • Make recommendations for avoidance of impacts.

KCI performs necessary utility records research; completes field investigations including designating (quality level B) and test holes (Quality Level A); prepares composite CADD drawings; and provides utility impact analysis with recommendations for redesign of roadway geometry and/or proposed storm drainage facilities, utility relocation design services (water and sanitary sewer), and cost estimating.

Our staff is continuously searching for process improvements to lower the risk and eliminate the potential for errors in data collection and mapping.

When a consultant holding a Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) statewide contract was unable to meet the strict schedule required for a multi-site project, the agency approached KCI to tackle the challenge. The firm was asked to perform Quality Level B (QL-B) investigations and prepare utility plans for 25 intersections in a highly congested area of DeKalb County and the city of Decatur. While a typical QL-B utility investigation is considered complex when six to seven utilities are present, our team had to research records with fourteen different utilities and facility owners, many of which were not equipped to share information. To further complicate matters, buried utilities were located alongside private and heavily guarded areas such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Working days and nights, KCI’s team completed the QL-B investigation of 25 intersections, assembled utility plans and delivered the project one day early.