Gateway S.U.E. / Design Build Forum

Description :

As Public Works Professionals, we understand that unexpected utility conflicts and associated damages consistently rank as a leading source of change orders and schedule delays on transportation projects, and this difficulty increases every day that more utility infrastructure goes in the ground.  We also continue to see that tightening schedules and budgets lead to innovation through the use of alternative delivery methods, such as Design-Build.  As the need for utilities to occupy right of way increases, and the demand for innovation in contracting increases, the risks from utility conflicts and associated damages are compounded.  One primary strategy that more and more project owners implement to mitigate utility risks is Subsurface Utility Engineering (S.U.E.).  However, successful application of S.U.E. within a complex design-build project requires considerable analysis, smart strategies, and proper implementation from all parties and through all phases of the project.

Kansas successfully completed its first major design-build transportation project this past year, right here in Kansas City, utilizing S.U.E. as the primary utility coordination and relocation framework.  The scope of work for this $300M project, known as the Johnson County Gateway Project, included full reconstruction of highways, major arterials, and interchanges over a 2.5 year construction schedule and amongst a plethora of utility conflicts.  So how did the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) approach and implement S.U.E.?  What key decisions were made to address the unique project characteristics and challenges?  What worked well?  What didn't work well?  What lessons were learned?  Join us for this discussion about how and why S.U.E. was utilized as the primary tool for identifying and resolving utility conflicts on the Gateway Project.  Hear about these experiences from all perspectives, including the views of the project owner, utility owners, contractors, and the utility coordinators.  By the conclusion, participants will be better able to identify design-build projects that will benefit from S.U.E., develop effective strategies for applying S.U.E., and successfully implement S.U.E. through all stages of their next design-build project.


  • Free Admission
  • 2.5 PDH's will be provided!
  • Please RSVP by Monday, Jan 22, to Alicia Turner via email:
  • CLICK HERE for location on Google Maps
  • Coffee and bagels will be provided
  • Organized by your local APWA Utilities & Public Right of Way Committee
  • Discussion Leaders: Ted Ingalls (HNTB), Alicia Turner (Overland Park, formerly KDOT), Rex Schick (K&W Underground), Tim LaForce (Consolidated Communications)
  • Attendees are encouraged to prepare questions for group discussion


8:30 - 9:45

  • Introductions (15 min)
  • Design-Build and Gateway Project Overview (15 min)
  • S.U.E. Overview (15 min)
  • Discussion / Q&A (15 min)

      Break (15 min)

9:45 - 11:00

  • S.U.E. / Gateway Strategies (30 min)
  • S.U.E. / Gateway Implementation (30 min)

      Break (15 min)

11:00 - 11:30

  • Additional Discussion / Q&A (30 min) 

Event Date & Time:

1/24/2018  8:30 AM - 1/24/2018  11:30 AM

Venue :

Lenexa City Hall - Forum Room
17101 W 87th St. Pkwy
Lenexa , KS , 66219

Contact Person :

Ted Ingalls
Email :
Phone : (913) 312-4872
Company : HNTB

Registration Items :

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