Colliers Engineering & Design, a national multi-discipline engineering design firm, is pleased to announce that Greg Jeffries, CUC, M. ASCE, the Regional Director, and the Discipline Leader for Subsurface Utility Engineering at the Colliers Engineering & Design Dallas office, has been elected as the Chair of the Subsurface Utility Engineering & Investigative Committee at the American Society of Civil Engineers Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (ASCE/UESI).
“This role is an honor and a privilege, and I am very appreciative of being trusted to lead the way,” Mr. Jeffries said. “I thank the previous chair and vice chair of the board for their guidance and leadership during this transition and look forward to achieving greatness for the betterment of all subsurface utility engineers.”
Mr. Jeffries joined the Committee at its conception as a corresponding member approximately four years ago. Previously, he served as the Committee’s secretary for three years before being nominated by the former Chair and Vice Chair to become Chair. His nomination was confirmed on Tuesday, September 13 and Mr. Jefferies became the new Chair of the Subsurface Utility Engineering & Investigative Committee on Wednesday, September 21.
The Subsurface Utility Engineering & Investigative Committee is housed under the Utility Risk Management Division under UESI. The committee is one of four permanent national committees that is paving the way for SUE standards. Mr. Jeffries says the committee is currently working on developing a Manual of Standards for the practice as well as a SUE-specific certification, both under the ASCE. The committee also contributed to the ASCE 38-22 standards, the premier guideline for SUE practitioners and experts.
Along with the new responsibilities as committee chair, Mr. Jeffries was asked to serve as Secretary for the ASCE/UESI Executive Committee, contributing to more utility engineering advancements. But, he is not the only one helping to shape the way the profession will be, Daniel Checchia, Geographic Discipline Leader at Colliers Engineering & Design’s Boca Raton Office is Secretary of the Subsurface Utility Engineering & Utility Investigation Committee and Vice Chair of the D7 Utility Liaison Committee; President Elect of the Subsurface Utility Engineering Association as well as being the Chair of the Broward UESI Chapter.
When asked about his hopes as the new chair of the committee, Mr. Jeffries says he is looking forward to leading the development of profession standards, outreaching to prospective new members and anticipates the official SUE Manual of Practice will be published at the end of 2023.