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Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX) to Keynote SUE Conference

RESTON, VA - Organizers of the of the new Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association have announced that U.S. Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off conference to be held Thursday, July 26 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC.

Congressman Weber, who represents the 14th district, which is along the Texas Gulf Coast, was a small business owner prior to his public service. After serving in the Texas state legislature, Rep. Weber was elected to Congress in 2012. He is chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, with jurisdiction over pipeline research, development, and demonstration projects and a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over pipeline transportation safety, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), including the "Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act '' or "PIPES Act" of 2016, Public Law 114-183, and the National Pipeline Mapping System.

Subsurface utility engineering is a process and technology for managing certain risks associated with utility mapping at appropriate quality levels, utility coordination, utility relocation design and coordination, utility condition assessment, communication of utility data to concerned parties, utility relocation cost estimates, implementation of utility accommodation policies and utility design.

Members of the Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) community will gather in Washington, DC on July 26 for a day of education, information, and organization of the new association. The one-day conference will include discussions of current SUE issues, as well as approve bylaws and a dues structure, and elect the first board of directors of the association.

Leaders of the SUE profession will facilitate discussions of issues facing SUE practice; such as the market for SUE services and risk management, including education from advisers who will provide a hands-on approach to review the exposures and provide available liability insurance coverage, licensing of SUE practitioners, as well as form the new association. Officials of the Trump Administration and Congress have also been invited to discuss infrastructure initiatives that will provide an increased demand for SUE services.

The organizational conference is designed to attract principals, owners, partners and senior professionals in SUE service firms, as well as equipment and technology manufacturers, leaders of firms providing software to the SUE community, as well as researchers and academicians, and personnel from Federal, state and local government agencies.

"We are honored to have Congressman Weber open the conference. As a lawmaker with committee assignments and leadership positions important to the SUE community, his remarks on infrastructure initiatives will set the tone of the day's sessions and get the new SUE association off to a great start," said John Palatiello, association management consultant to the organization's founders.

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