THE CUIRE FOR PIPELINE ASSET PROTECTION
By now you probably already know the rules: call 811 before you dig to prevent damage to our underground infrastructure. Hopefully you’re making that call. But what do you know about our underground infrastrucure in general?
The Common Ground Alliance tells us that the United States has over 19 million miles of buried utility infrastructure. That’s a lot of cable and pipeline. Have you ever given any thought to how all of it is built and maintained?
The Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, CUIRE, was established in 2002 with the goal of advancing knowledge and developing opportunities in pipeline construction, renewal, & asset management. Based at the University of Texas at Arlington, CUIRE promotes research development and training in underground infra-structure construction and renewal technologies. Faculty from various programs in different colleges can join together on inter-disciplinary research projects under CUIRE.
CUIRE provides national and international leadership in research, out-reach and education activities which enhance cost-effectiveness, construction productivity, environmental improvement and renewal of the aging underground infrastructure.
I’m in the middle of three days of attendance promoting 811 at CUIRE’s participation in the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth. The UCT conference is the largest such event in the United States focusing on underground utility infrastructure rehabilitation and construction.
Conference attendees learn the latest in underground utility pipe rehabilitation and new construction using both trenchless and open-cut technologies through hands-on demonstrations in the exhibit hall or by real-world case histories, presentations and panel discussions in the seminars.
The educational program presented by CUIRE offers 36 professional development hours, reviewed and certified by The University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering.
Dr. Mohammad Najafi, P.E. with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington is CUIRE’s director.
“CUIRE’s role in helping to maintain our nation’s underground infrastructure is with research, testing, education and outreach activities. The current state of our underground infrastructure and pipeline systems requires rigorous asset management strategies to maintain and save billions of dollars of investment which is already underground. This includes pipeline inspection, monitoring inventory and prioritizing renewal and repair work. CUIRE’s goal is to play an important role in all of the above tasks to help the nation maintain its economic prosperity.”
You can find out more about CUIRE here: https://www.cuire.org
And Underground Construction Technology here: http://uctonline.com/uct-overview/
Meanwhile – don’t forget the Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit is coming up soon! Dates are February 27 – March 1 in San Marcos. Register today by clicking the link below: http://texas811.damagepreventionsummit.com/
Until next time, safe digging!
By Scott Finley