Subsurface Utility Engineering
Integrated Project Approach
Using our integrated project services approach allows TBS to accurately and precisely record, interpret, and manage data derived from SUE in accordance with DOT standards. All data is processed and housed within the TBS GIS system.
Our Utility Engineering Solutions
Natural Gas Lines
Fiber Optic Lines
Our Data Management Solutions
Horizontal & Vertical Surveying
CADD & Microstation
Our Utility Coordination Solutions
Design Utility Relocation
Joint Project Agreements
Utility Conflict Mitigation
T. Baker Smith’s SUE Solutions are performed using four quality levels of utility depiction in compliance with the ASCE Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data. (CI/ASCE 38-02)
Quality Level A: Underground Utility Locating (Test Hole)
Highest level of accuracy available and involves the use of non-destructive digging equipment at specific points to determine the precise horizontal and vertical position of underground utilities, as well as the type, size, material, and other characteristics.
Quality Level B: Utility Designation
Collected by thorough applications of appropriate surface geophysical sensing technology to determine the horizontal position of subsurface utilities. Example methods: RD 8000, GPR, Metrotech, Non-destructive probing, etc.
Quality Level C: Visible Surface Feature Utility Survey
Utility surface feature data is obtained from surveying and plotting above ground utility features (e.g. manholes, valve boxes, etc.) to assist with determining approximate horizontal position of underground utilities. Used with QL-D.
Quality Level D: Records Research/Data Collection
Information is derived from existing records research or verbal recollections (oral history), providing an overall “feel” for the congestion of utilities, but is often limited in terms of comprehensiveness and accuracy.
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We use the most up-to-date, efficient methods for collecting and staking data points for property and topographic surveys.
Our team stays on top of all of the current regulations regarding asset integrity and manageable waterway crossing requirements, allowing us to create fully customized solutions for our clients.
Our hydrographic surveying team inspects conditions on the seafloor and investigates any existing obstructions underwater, and is also capable of keeping an eye out for better search, rescue and recovery operations.
This is a relatively new and rapidly evolving technology and surveying process, which involves the use of unmanned drones for safely and rapidly collecting large amounts of information.
Our marine positioning services feature an extensive GIS and AutoCAD database of onshore, shelf and offshore wells, pipeline and platform data and hazard locations.
Our 3D laser scanning services are the most advanced, efficient method of collecting survey measurements for a wide range of projects.
Dimensional control surveying allows our team to provide our clients with real-time, three-dimensional surveying results out in the field. It’s instant surveying information you would not get with many other types of surveying applications.
We combine our SUE services with our various surveying and engineering solutions, which results in better risk management for underground utility mapping.
We let our customers speak for us
“ As a Landman, I have worked on projects with T Baker Smith for many years. I continue to utilize their services because they are professional, trustworthy and assist me, the client, in finding the most efficient resolution for varying types of challenges whether it’s surveying or permitting. ”
“ What keeps me coming back to T. Baker Smith is the dedication that Kenny and his team exhibits every day; it is one of the most valuable things to me. I cannot recall one time TBS did not follow through on getting what we asked for. You get what you pay for, and with TBS, we do not have to sit and babysit or redo the work. ”
“ We have worked previously with other consultants and find that TBS’ reliability and capability are superior to their competition. They are always available to assist us at Rebecca, Magnolia, Coulon, Acadia, St. Bridget and Evergreen Plantations as well as the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater Reintroduction project, by providing surveying and modeling support. ”