Key Staff

Philip J. Meis, P.E., Principal Engineer; Business Development Lead

Philip Meis, a registered professional engineer with a diverse background in civil design, surveying and mapping, geophysics, and data management, is well suited for subsurface utility engineering. In 2002 Mr. Meis co-founded UMS to specifically address and execute SUE as a rigorous geophysical and engineering discipline. He has provided SUE services on a national level since 1996. He has presented regularly at numerous conferences including: National Highway Joint Usage and Utility Educational Conference; AASHTO Subcommittee for R/W and Utilities; Design Build Institute; Common Ground Alliance; DOT state conferences in CO, MT, UT, MN, WA; APWA National Congress. Mr. Meis has published numerous papers advocating the use of SUE and new data acquisition and data management techniques.

Education:

  • M.S. Geophysical Engineering. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 1986
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering. Iowa State University, Ames, IA 1983
  • Licenses/Certifications:
  • Registered Professional Engineer – MT 12815, ID 9038, TX 88949, UT 5099195-2202, SD 7782, WY 10186, WI 38925-006, CO 37934, IA 18113, MN 44853

Membership associations:

  • ACEC; ASCE; SEG; MT Board of PE and PLS – Geomatics Advisory Committee


Rod Kent, P.E., Senior Engineer

Rod Kent is a registered professional engineer (NV, MT, WA, OR, AZ, ND) who has worked for UMS since October, 2006. Mr. Kent’s experience includes SUE project management and utility coordination in Montana, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Mr. Kent’s’ experience in the utility industry includes 11 years as a design/project engineer with NV Energy (formerly Nevada Power Company) in Las Vegas. Prior to that, Mr. Kent spent 5 years as a Liaison Engineer with the Boeing Co. in Renton, WA. Mr. Kent is familiar with all types of utility systems and utility project issues. He has extensive knowledge of the national SUE standards “Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data (CI/ASCE 38-02)”. Mr. Kent is focused on ensuring the quality and accuracy of the SUE project deliverables.

Education:

  • B.S. Civil Engineering. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 1989

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered Professional Engineer – NV 17147, MT 14989, WA 44004, OR 85343, AZ 57744, ND PE9700


Thomas G. Swafford, Utility Coordination Manager

Tom Swafford joined UMS in 2008 after serving with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as the State Utilities Engineer. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of utility design and construction. He also managed the statewide SUE On-call consultant program which required him to have full working knowledge of the National ACSE Guide CI/ASCE 38-02 and assisted in developing Design Build RFPs as they relate to utility coordination. He was “the expert” with WSDOT in Utility Accommodation and Project Delivery issues where he was involved in all statewide complex project utilities issues.

Education:

  • A.S. Engineering Technology. Clark College, Vancouver WA 1977

Member:

  • Transportation Research Board – Committee on Utilities(AFB70); Damage Prevention Professional Advisory Board; Common Ground Alliance Conference Advisory Board


Cameron Greer, E.I., Utah Office Manager / Project Engineer

Cameron Greer is a graduate of MSU with a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology. Mr. Greer is fluent in MicroStation V8i, GEOPAK, and Trimble Geomatics Office. He performs a large portion of the data processing and CADD development for SUE plans and submittals. He has spent time in the field surveying utilities and performing utility designating/locating operations, and therefore has a comprehensive knowledge of the entire flow of data from research and acquisition to final submittal, including coordination with designers. Mr. Greer also performs utility coordination services, and is adept in conflict identification, resolution negotiation, and agreement preparation.

Education:

  • B.S. Construction Engineering Technology. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 2006

Licenses/Certifications:

  • MT E.I. 18724

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Dave Hausmann, Senior Utility Coordinator

Dave Hausmann joined UMS in January, 2016 after serving with the South Dakota Department of Transportation for 39+ years. Dave held positions in the offices of Road Design, Right of Way, Project Development and for the last 23 years was the Lead Utility Coordinator. Dave was awarded the 2014 FHWA “Excellence in Utility Award” for the development, implementation, and evolution of the successful utility coordination program for SDDOT. Dave also developed a “Plans Reading Course” that teaches utility company personnel the basics of understanding the highway construction project. The course has been presented annually across the state of South Dakota since 2004 and has also been shared and implemented with other state DOT’s. In 2004, Dave chaired the committee that developed two state laws tailored to help displaced utilities on the construction project. SDCL 31-19-1.1 allows the SDDOT to purchase utility corridors and replacement utility easement and SDCL 31-26-23.1 allows the displaced utility to retain “future move rights” while releasing their existing easement rights. Dave is experienced in utility coordination and is knowledgeable in all aspects of utility and project design and the different utility/design options available to avoid or minimize the identified utility conflict on the construction project.



Jerry DavisJerry Davis, P.E., Senior Utility Engineer

Jerry Davis is a registered professional engineer in Montana and Alaska who has worked for UMS since 2014. Mr. Davis’s experience includes 15 years with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration’s (PHMSA) Office of Pipeline Safety responsible for operation, maintenance and construction regulatory compliance of oil and gas pipeline systems in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. Mr. Davis’s experience also includes design, construction management, and oversite of operation and maintenance while working for the NRCS and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Education:

  • Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Montana State University, 1985
  • Forestry, Associate Degree, Flathead Valley Community College, 1976

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered Professional Engineer – MT 8331, AK C9739
  • NACE Level 2, Cathodic Protection Technician – 9810

Membership Associations:

  • ASCE, NACE, CGA


Nate GreerNate Greer, Project Engineer

Nate Greer joined UMS in 2012 after working for five years as a Project Superintendent with Kiewit Infrastructure West. Mr. Greer’s expertise is in Subsurface Utility Engineering including utility coordination and engineering, geophysical detection methods, land survey, database and data management, quality assurance, preparing utility plans as well as coordinating with utility owners and design teams. Mr. Greer’s specialty is evaluation of existing utilities against preliminary designs, identification of potential conflicts, recognizing and engineering alternative solutions, and the review and/or proposal of value engineering alternatives.

Education:

  • Construction Engineering Technology, Bachelors of Science, Montana State University, 2007


Curt Fakler, P.E., Senior Engineer

Curt Fakler is a registered professional engineer (MN, WI) who has worked for UMS since 2015. Mr. Fakler’s experience includes SUE project management and utility coordination in Minnesota and South Dakota. Mr. Fakler’s Minnesota Department of Transportation experience included developing and managing the Metro District’s Utility Coordination Unit, Construction, Design and liaison with cities and counties in the Metro District. Mr. Fakler is familiar with all types of utility systems and utility project issues. He has extensive knowledge of the national SUE standards “Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data (CI/ASCE 38-02)”. Mr. Fakler is focused on ensuring the quality and accuracy of the SUE project deliverables.

Education:

  • B.S. Civil Engineering. University of Wisconsion-Platteville, Platteville, WI 1984

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered Professional Engineer – MN 19410, WI 25704-6


Don HainesDon Haines, Senior Engineer

Don Haines joined UMS in 2012 after an illustrious carrier with NOAA. In addition to Civil Engineering Mr. Haines’s expertise is in technology integration, surveying, and hydrographic data acquisition and processing.

Education:

  • Mechanical Engineering, Bachelors of Science, Michigan Technological University, 1987

Membership Associations:

  • ASCE, CGA

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