Geotechnology Wins ACEC Missouri Grand Award for Subsurface Utility Engineering Project

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Geotechnology engineer performing subsurface utility tests

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri awarded Geotechnology a 2008 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for its project entry, “Subsurface Utility Engineering for 226 Bridges.” As part of their Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program, MoDOT contracted Geotechnology to perform subsurface utility engineering to locate and map utilities around 226 bridges within 20 counties in Northwest Missouri. Geotechnology designed and executed a protocol to quickly and efficiently accomplish site research, SUE Quality Level B geophysical surveying, land surveying and drawing preparation for each of the remote bridge locations during harsh winter weather. MoDOT required a total of 226 utility drawings and supporting field notes a mere 70 days after project launch. Geotechnology completed the project within schedule parameters as well as under budget. MoDOT was able to use the utility maps in the project bidding process, which resulted in more accurate, competitive bids and possible reduction of costs for future design and construction. This project approach provides a framework for future SUE services on large, time-sensitive design-build projects.