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Underground Utilities

As the complexities of today’s subsurface utilities continue to expand, planning, logistics and careful coordination become paramount in costly conflict avoidance and maintenance or expansion of services. The enormous expansion in the communication technologies market has fostered a significant need for qualified utility engineers to address the ever more complicated process of subsurface routing and underground product storage. With limited space available within existing and proposed rights-of-way (ROW) and industrial sites, logistics and coordination become paramount to ensure that the interests of all parties are equally realized in complex projects. Design can be even more complex when existing facilities are upgraded or overhead utilities are brought below grade in an existing ROW or busy portion of an industrial site.

Some of our typical assignment include:

  • Power and communications
  • Load analyses
  • Zoning and environmental permitting
  • Industrial facilities (compressed air, steam, fuel, plant water)
  • Underground storage tanks (fuel, chemical, waste)
  • Buried utility locating 
  • Logistics and utility negotiations
  • Contract documents
  • Cost estimating
  • Survey and GIS

Start with the right information

Establishing existing conditions in support of the design of new or upgraded utilities is critical in avoiding costly conflicts during construction. Mapping existing conditions using utility provided base maps can be disastrous depending on the age of the utility and accuracy of the as-built conditions. Loureiro has the technology in-house and/or through subcontract services to accurately map existing utilities with such technologies as ground penetrating radar (GPR), radio frequency (RF), and electromagnetic (EM) technologies. From this information, 3-D CADD mapping and GIS applications may be developed.

Advantage Loureiro

In order to be effective, utility engineering requires a diverse team proficient in the technical aspects of the utility universe as well as excellent communication and negotiating skills as necessary to effectively coordinate the process amongst the variety of interests. With representatives from the civil, mechanical and electrical engineering fields as well as representatives from the environmental engineering field for the Brownfield redevelopment sites, Loureiro’s team will establish a cooperative environment representing the multitude of interests within a utility corridor.