Reston, Va. – Every day in the United States construction projects involve thousands of excavations. The new ASCE Press book, Underground Utilities for Construction Practitioners and Homeowners offers guidance for stakeholders to reduce damage to underground utilities during excavation. Authors Ahmed Al-Bayati and Louis Panzer stress that safe excavation is a shared responsibility. In this publication, they provide an overview of the location process that is generally followed across the United States, as well as a summary matrix of key differences with links to individual state laws.

The responsibilities of all participants, including homeowners, landscapers and nurseries, fence companies, agribusinesses, and digging and demolition companies are described. Specific topics include subsurface utility damage prevention, one-call centers, stakeholder duties, damage investigations, and claims resolution.

This book is an ideal resource for both experienced construction practitioners needing to navigate existing safe digging practices, as well as homeowners and civil engineering students new to the field.

To purchase online, visit the ASCE Bookstore

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