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Erik Smith – DTE Energy/Detroit Edison Rich Zielinski – Consumers Energy/Gas Doug Strauss – Alfred Benesch & Co.

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2 Erik Smith – DTE Energy/Detroit Edison Rich Zielinski – Consumers Energy/Gas Doug Strauss – Alfred Benesch & Co

3 Share information that is currently being documented Share As-Built Practices Develop link between as-built records and designers Develop link between plan information with the needs of construction

4 Utility Companies, design firms, MDOT and contractors attended Presentations were given by each highlighting the work Attendees all agreed more needs to be done in the future




8 Why are we here today?

9 The As-Built Process Accessibility to As-Built Data Construction Safety Cost Effectiveness

10 History Conditions, experiences and hurdles that exist in providing accurate information on older existing facilities.

11 Most actual utility constructed locations were not collected and recorded Only Special Conditions are likely documented on distribution systems Each utility has their own system and requirements for what is to be recorded

12 Recorded data is typically a mapped location or references physical features or ROW’s that have changed over time No system in place that maintains as-builts, permits, or field changes for utilities or owners of the ROW Recorded data is difficult to locate & found hard to read



15 In older corridors preplanning early on with design allows time for collecting exact field information on existing facilities as it specifically applies to the project Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Increasingly, Existing utilities are marked in the field by the utility and then surveyed to project coordinate system, without a future

16 Present Recognizing road blocks to exchanging more complete as-built utility information.

17 Focus is on the need for as-built utility information, improving safety, and cost Some utility companies are recording information during construction Electronic filing of as-built data is being used

18 Recording older existing systems may not be cost beneficial Obtaining field data on the older existing systems on a project basis has become easier and more economical with technology Miss Dig has improved and now can be utilized during the design phase

19 Utility as-built recordings are being done to a project datum and coordinate system or referencing existing features Permitted utility relocations aren’t overseen and inspected During construction an unexpected utility relocation isn’t being recorded

20 Future Going forward utilizing technology in a safe and costly manner to record, store and transmit as-built information.

21 Develop a process that evaluates the level of as-built data collection for each project Utilize State Plane Coordinate system Develop a standardized collection process Embrace technology for collecting, storing and transferring information

22 Utilize technology to improve communication between owners, designers, and utilities Develop a central filing system within all agency’s Improve communication between utility coordination and the permitting processes

23 Ownership of the information needs to be taken by all parties Expectations needs to be clearly presented during the coordination and permit process Disclaimers and the accuracy of the provided information will always be there

24 Next Steps By working together, getting on board and identifying opportunities, a safe and beneficial as-built process can be achieved.

25 Development of a Best Practices Manual for Standardization of Utility and owner agency as-built information Research other DOT’s utility as-built requirements Training within all agencies

26 Engage the right people in the early phases Continuous feedback and sharing of processes and information storage types Disclaimers and level of accuracy Miss Dig laws will always apply

27 Thank You Remember Safety is priority one!

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