Safety, Accuracy & Efficiency
There is no room for compromise when it comes to keeping your people safe and your project on time and on budget. SUM is your best defense against the dangers of unknown facilities that may exists beneath your project site. Geographic Information System (GIS) and other methods of gathering SUE data often lack the intricate details necessary to make an underground map that can be used to make major project decisions. While legacy utility plans and GIS data provide valuable information in the preliminary stages of a project planning, precise SUM information provides the 3D data required by design professionals to minimize design conflicts, avoid cost delays due to “surprise discoveries” and mitigate the risk of striking undocumented utilities in the construction phase of a project.
Poor Utility Records Present Risk
In today’s modern environment, some surveying methodologies ignore and oversimplify historical data on existing underground elements. Throughout the past few decades, poor record-keeping principles have only exasperated the challenges project teams face when working in brownfield environments. In addition, abandonment or movement of underground utilities may not have been properly recorded at your project site over the course of time. Because of this, available utility maps may be dated, inaccurate and untrustworthy. Relying on these records alone, without updated subsurface mapping, can present risk to any development project.
Avoid Costly Mistakes
Projects that miss the opportunity to use SUM make themselves vulnerable to a variety of costly mistakes. Missing, incomplete or inaccurate maps of the underground environment have led to costly mistakes on major projects across the United States and the world with effects ranging from small financial burdens to litigation, settlements and tarnished reputations. Projects cannot afford to overlook the opportunity to complete a subsurface utility investigation in the preliminary stages of a project. After all every major project begins with a comprehensive Environmental and Geotechnical Investigation; why not a Subsurface Utility Investigation?
Mitigate Risk with SUM
SUM mitigates this risk by identifying the location of underground utilities and creating color-coded 2D and 3D digital delivery formats to depict and map the underground location of the critical infrastructure that can be delivered in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), or GIS formats. DGT’s SUM data allows for integration by other development, design and construction professionals on a project. With this technology, you can better understand the complexity of your project’s below-ground environment and facilities.