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Organizing Conference

July 26, 2018 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I “Eye” Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

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This conference is the organizational meeting that will kick-off the formation of the Subsurface Utility Engineering Association. The one-day conference will include discussions of current SUE issues, education from advisers on risk management who will provide a hands-on approach to review the exposures and provide available liability insurance coverage, and other relevant issues, as well as approve bylaws and a dues structure, and elect the first board of directors of the association.  Cancellation Policy: No refunds after July 24, 2018. To find out more about the organizational meeting, click here.


Hotel Information

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Eye Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

To make your hotel reservations at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, call 202-488-7500 or 800-458-7500. If you have any issues with booking the hotel, please contact our offices by email at info@sueassociation.com or by phone at 703-787-6665. Hotel Cancellation Policy:  To avoid cancellations charges, please contact the hotel no later than 3:00 PM, 72 hours before your arrival date.



The hotel parking rate is $35 per vehicle for all overnight guests.  The rate for any guest that is attending the meeting and is not staying overnight is $15 per vehicle.  The Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro is located two blocks from the hotel and is only a five-minute walk from the station.

Feature Speaker

Rep. Randy Weber

U.S. Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) will be the keynote speaker for the Organizing Conference. Rep. Weber 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.


8:00 am Welcome and Introductions

8:15 am Keynote Address

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)

8:45 am SUE Association Organizational Considerations

John Palatiello, John M. Palatiello & Associates & SUE Association Consultant

9:45 am Break

10:15 am Why Are We Here? Issues Affecting SUE Practice

  • Jim Anspach, Director of Utility Market and Practice Development, Cardno & Chair, Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), American Society of Civil Engineers
  • John Berrettini, Vice President and Co-Owner, A/I/DATA & Member, ASCE Committee on Utility Data Collection

11:45 am Lunch

Luncheon Speakers:

  • Anthony Bedell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Bobby Fraser, Director, Office of Governmental, International, and Public Affairs; Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); U.S. Department of Transportation

1:15 pm Risk Management and Professional Liability in SUE

Justin Klein, President, Klein Agency, LLC

2:00 pm Discussion and Vote on SUE Association Formation

John Palatiello, John M. Palatiello & Associates & SUE Association Consultant

2:30 pm Break

3:15 pm Open Forum: Next Steps & SUE Association Priorities

SUE Association President (TBD) and John Palatiello

4:00 pm Adjourn