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Clancy MT  – Utility Mapping Services, Inc. (UMS) is pleased to announce that our application to the U.S. Deptarment of Veterans Affairs for designation as a Veteran Owned Small Business has been approved.  We are proud to hold the designation of Veteran Owned Small Business and would like to thank all veterans for their service and sacrafice.

UMS Joins Largest-Ever U.S. Business Delegation To 2016 Hannover Messe

Clancy MT – Utility Mapping Services, Inc. (UMS) today announced it is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event. President Obama will also participate in this year’s event, themed “Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions.”

GEOworksUMS, with joint venture partner Berenice International Group s.r.l. of Padua, Italy, will exhibit their™ application suite in the USA Industrial Supply Pavilion, Hall 6, Stand F46-34 at the show.

“We are proud to have some of America’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies joining the U.S. delegation at this year’s fair,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

Utility Mapping Services, Inc. and Berenice International Group, s.r.l. provide innovative practices and WebGIS tools for managing utility infrastructure during project development and for life-cycle-operations on facility campuses, industrial parks, easements, and public right of ways.  Their™ provides applications for managing work activities, occupation permits, 3-D digital “as-built” data collection and updates, conflict analytics, and inspection, which saves construction time and costs, reduces risk, and enhances worker and public safety.

“We look forward to making the most of this opportunity.” said Phil Meis, UMS Vice President.  “We have a very unique 360 solution – one that we foresee as integral with managing industrial properties and public right of ways of the future. We look forward to the opportunity to connect our product to the global marketplace, and show the world that innovation from UMS and from the state of Montana is among the best in the world.”

Hannover Messe typically hosts more than 200,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers and government officials.



Don Haines and Jerry Davis with UMS were presenters at this year’s CGA Excavation Safety Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, NV March 8th through the 11th. Don’s presentation “Application of 3-D Utility Surveying and Design for Puget Sound Energy’s SR-510 Gas Pipeline Project” describes an incredible effort in Washington State where Puget Sound Energy needed to find an opening for their proposed 8-inch high-pressure gas main within a mile-long utility congested corridor in a WSDOT roadway segment. Approximately 100,000 linear feet of existing utilities were mapped using GPR, Spar 300 and/or test holes. Creation of a 3D CADD drawing in MicroStation was used as a reference file depicting all collected existing utility information. After conflict analysis, via 3D modeling, an alignment was then identified for the gas main to be constructed with minimal risk. Jerry’s talk discussed Northwestern Energy’s (NWE) pilot program in Montana of monitoring third-party excavation activities that have the potential to cross gas distribution lines 2 inches and greater in diameter. Standby projects were implemented by NWE personnel in the Flathead county (est pop. 95,000) and by UMS personnel in Lewis and Clark county (est pop. 65,000). Indications are that when representatives of a utility company are onsite to educate excavators and monitor excavation activities, incidents of third-party damage to their gas distribution systems drop.



UMS is currently on board with South Dakota DOT to prepare Utility Conflict Management Guidance and Utility Training. This effort will culminate in a complete Utility Manual and Training for all stakeholders involved in managing the utility risks within South Dakota Public Right of Way.



Patrick Majerus has joined UMS fresh from Carrol College in Helena Montana!  Patrick will be based in our Helena Office and provide field services and office engineering as the projects develop. He is currently an Engineering- in-Training and UMS will support him with his goal of eventually obtaining he profession engineer’s license.



Cameron Greer and Don Haines travel to London to present UMS’ SR 510 3D Utility Survey Effort which was nominated for Bentley System’s “Be Inspired Award”–  All the survey data and utility information for this project was imported using Power Geopak.  Using Bentley’s Subsurface Utility Engineering Add-In, a 3D model was created.  The utilities depicted in the 3D model were based on utility size and material information gathered in the field and through records research.  The 3-D model allowed the various entities, departments, and members of the design and construction teams to have a common platform to review the existing utility information and identify the best route.  Team members from the various disciplines met on multiple occasions to review the 3-D model, and to develop a work plan to address the potential conflicts.  Once the final route was chosen, the final design files were submitted to WSDOT for approval.  In addition, the 3-D data were delivered to the contractors for utilization in their bid preparation and submittals. By identifying and modeling utility infrastructure during the design stage, designers were able to adjust the pipe elevation and horizontal alignment to avoid potential utility conflicts.   This reduced the costs associated with unnecessary utility relocations, avoidable construction delays, and contractor change orders.  It also allowed for tighter contractor bid estimates by providing a design which allowed for more accurate cut, fill, and bedding material calculations.



UMS will be in full attendance at the upcoming AASHTO Subcommittee for R/W, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Annual Conference May 1-5 in Orlando, Fla. Phil will be presenting on 3D Utility Surveying while Tom will be moderating a session for consultants on Utility training.



Phil Meis was in Reston,VA in early January Chairing the ASCE Committee for “Collection, Administration, and Exchange of Utility Infrastructure Data Standard”. He is leading this nationwide effort which is scheduled to publish the standard in 2016.



UMS and Northwestern Energy’s Standby Monitoring program profiled in Damage Prevention Professional

The winter 2016 issue of Damage Prevention Professional spotlights the results of two pilot “standby” monitoring projects carried out by UMS and Northwestern Energy in Helena and Kalispell MT.  The article,  by UMS Senior Utility Engineer Jerry Davis and Northwest Energy’s Damage Prevention Coordinator JP Gordon, appears on pages 28 and 29.



UMS looking forward to an informative meeting at the 2015 AASHTO Subcommittee on Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control Conference in Minneapolis, MN – April 26-30

UMS representatives including Philip Meis, Rod Kent, Thomas Swafford, and Don Haines  will be in attendance at this years meeting.  We look forward to meeting with you and your team at the meeting!



Utility Mapping Services Inc. is Happy to Welcome Fred Dalbec to the Team!

After serving as an engineer for the Montana Forrest Service, Fred Dalbec has joined the UMS team to serve as a standby inspection specialist for construction projects in the Helena, MT valley.



Philip J. Meis, P.E. presentation at 2014 UDOT Annual Conference in Salt Lake City UT

Philip presented “Subsurface Utility Engineering – State of the Art” at the 2014 UDOT Annual Conference, highlighting recent advancements in the SUE industry.



Jerry Davis, P.E. presentation at 2014 Joint Engineers Conference in Helena, MT

Mr. Davis was a guest presenter at the 2014 Joint Engineers Conference held at the Red Lion Colonial Inn, Helena MT.  Topics covered during his presentation included an overview of Subsurface Utility Engineering as a dedicated civil engineering discipline and the potential applications in civil design.



Philip J. Meis, P.E. to present at 2013 UDOT Annual Conference in Salt Lake City UT

Philip J. Meis, P.E., will be presenting at this year’s annual Utah Department of Transportation Conference as the committee chair of the New ASCE Standard Committee to Establish National Standard Guidelines for Utility “As-Built” Submittals.   All are encouraged to attend the breakout session in room 200B on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM.  For more information on the breakout session please click here.



 Philip J. Meis, P.E. to present at 2013 Joint Engineers Conference in Helena, MT

Philip J. Meis, P.E. is scheduled to deliver a presentation at the 2013 Joint Engineers Conference in Helena Montana.   All conference goers are invited to attend the presentation “Utility Conflict Matrices” from 3:00-4:00 PM on November 8, 2013.  For more information on the presentation, please click here.


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