University of Toronto SUE Study
The Ontario Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association commissioned the University of Toronto to investigate the practice of using SUE on large infrastructure projects in Ontario. The study chose nine case studies and determined that the average rate of return for each dollar spent on SUE services on these projects was $3.41. The study also made a number of qualitative recommendations regarding the use of SUE.
Free copies of the report titled “Subsurface Utility Engineering in Ontario: Challenges and Opportunities” can be obtained from the Centre of Information Systems in Infrastructure and Construction website. Click below to obtain your copy.
Purdue University SUE Study
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned Purdue University to determine how effective SUE is at reducing costs on highway projects. The study selected 74 highway projects from across the USA and determined that on average every dollar spent on a SUE investigation resulted in $4.62 of project savings. Out of all the projects only three had a negative return on investment.
Free copies of Purdue’s January 2000 report “Cost Savings on Highway Projects Utilizing Subsurface Utility Engineering” may be obtained from the FHWA. Click here to obtain your copy.
An investigation by R.E. Stevens, presented at the International Conference of the Society of American Value Engineers, showed that the use of SUE services resulted in overall project savings of 10-15%.
Free copies of the paper “Adding Value Through the Innovations of Subsurface Utility Engineering (S.U.E.)” can be obtained from the Society of American Value Engineers website. Click here to obtain your copy.