SUE to map the underground

The TBE Group is to launch Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), which is a new approach to underground mapping within the UK.

SUE is a utility identification, location and consulting process for the planning and design of construction projects. It can identify and locate underground utilities for industries such as transportation, civil engineering and the utility infrastructure.

In the long term this process can be very cost effective and without it there is a risk of incurring extremely high costs through construction delays, increased repair costs and health and safety risks from injury.

Utilities division senior vice president Nick Zembillas said: ‘There is a great demand to address the challenges of locating and identifying underground facilities.’

He added: ‘We tailor SUE to each individual project, but this typically includes five major field activities; the scope of work, designating, locating, data management and conflict analysis. By considering these five factors, SUE information is far more accurate and comprehensive, and as a result, is more applicable to project designs.’

To launch its UK presence TBE has opened its first office in Nottinghamshire. The company already has offices in the United States, Canada, China and Puerto Rico.