Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is an internationally accepted practice to manage underground utilities and ensure they are taken into account during the design phase of a construction project.
Australia now has a national Standard on SUE, AS5488, allowing engineers and construction professionals to better plan projects and communicate about subsurface utilities.
This introductory course highlights the main sections of AS5488 and how to use SUE principles to create better engineering designs for construction and infrastructure projects. You’ll learn about:
- different types of subsurface utilities
- what an engineering design needs to consider
- when SUE needs to be applied
- what can go wrong if SUE is not adopted
- current rules and regulations in Australia, and international best practice
- managing utility authorities
- processes for utility survey scoping
- managing Safety in Design risks
After completing this course, you’ll know how to apply subsurface utility engineering principles to improve outcomes on construction projects; reducing costs and delays and increasing safety.
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1 January - 31 December
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- List the range of subsurface utilities that can be encountered when undertaking an engineering design
- Explain why information relating to underground utilities is often inaccurate or incomplete
- Describe what Subsurface Utility Engineering is and the role of a Subsurface Utility Engineer
- Explain the Dial Before You Dig process
- List the range of individuals/organisations that must be considered when undertaking an engineering design
- Outline what an engineering design plan needs to include to properly consider subsurface utilities
- Identify what can go wrong if the subsurface utilities are not managed correctly
- Identify national rules governing other countries and the benefits of operating under that system
- Identify the Australian national, State and Local government rules governing subsurface utilities
- Describe the approach to preparing utility survey scoping, quality assessment of the survey, and appropriate level of survey at each stage of a project versus the risk level
Is this course for you?
This course suits engineers and professionals involved in construction and civil infrastructure projects such as buildings, roads, rail, water engineering, airports, and defence. Roles include:
- Design engineers
- Project managers
- QA professionals
- Construction managers
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
- Underground landscape
- Problems and risks
- Subsurface utility engineers
- Subsurface utility engineering process
- The AS 5488 Subsurface Utilities Australian Standard
- Lessons from abroad
- Major infrastructure projects
Roger Collins-Woolcock is a civil engineer and consultant with over 30 years’ experience.
He worked with Cardno for nearly 25 years, eventually running the Australia and New Zealand region. During this time Roger developed expertise in Subsurface Utility Engineering and was involved in the advocacy and creation of the Australian Standard.
Roger also runs his own consultancy, Collins & Woolcock, providing strategy, business development, training, merger and acquisition advice to small/mid-tier professional services firms across Australia and New Zealand.
Rob Sansbury is a consulting civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience, working across eight countries and three continents.
Now a Director at Stantec, Rob has played a significant role in bringing to market the 2019 and 2021 versions of AS5488, the management of subsurface utilities.
“Initially as a constructor on large building projects and later as a consultant, I became increasingly aware of and concerned about the disparity with which subsurface utility management was undertaken. Fast forward a decade or two and I am now fortunate enough to be able to influence to a degree, the way in which industry approaches the subject the way it should be done.”
This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.
You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.
It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.
Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.
This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.
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