Utility Mapping Services Recognized by National ACEC

Utility Mapping Services, Incorporated (UMS) has received the 2020 Recognition Award from The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award recognizes UMS for the installation of the Montana Department of Transportation’s (MDT) online Utility Permitting and 3D Utility Data Repository system. This award is given annually in recognition of the nation’s best overall engineering projects and was highlighted at ACEC’s 53rd annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala.

The $420,000 project, sponsored by the Montana Department of Transportation with support from the Federal Highway Administration’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance Program (IAP). The IAP has provided more than $130 million in financial support and technical assistance to transportation agencies across the country.

A critical component to the system is the 3D data repository. The utility data attributes and metadata are based on ASCE’s “utility as-built” standard initiative entitled “Standard Guideline for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data” which is co-sponsored by ASCE’s Construction Institute and Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute. The data equips project managers, engineers and contractors with quantified (vertical and horizontal accuracy levels) utility data to develop 3D utility models. Having the ability to model these data will reduce services disruptions, utility related project delays, impacts to the travelling public and risks to contractors and the public.  In 2019 the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced adoption of ASCE’s “utility as-built” standard for their Model for Underground Data Definition and Integration (MUDDI) initiative.  OGC establishes the international standards for geospatial data to which developers conform for geographic information systems (GIS) and computer aided drafting and design (CADD) applications.

UMS is a highly specialized Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) professional utility engineering firm focused on: applying advanced geophysical methods for 3D utility investigations; 3D modeling of utility infrastructure for sophisticated CAD and BIM clash analytics and conflict resolution strategies which eliminate risk and utility infrastructure impacts to projects; utility coordination and agreement development; innovative contracting strategies to expedite construction; and the implementation of comprehensive permitting, inspection, and as-built collection applications and practices to improve right-of-way management of utility infrastructure.

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