Utility Coordination

Prevent delays, unnecessary changes, and last-minute utility discoveries.

Utility coordination is necessary to protect physical infrastructure and maintain essential services before, during, and after construction. Utility coordination deals with any conflicts that arise between existing facilities and future plans, as well as with any issues related to safety or environmental regulations.

Accurate information about subsurface utilities is crucial for a coordinated response to utility issues. Without good utility coordination, there are significant risks posed to the success of a project in terms of schedule delays, budget overruns, and frustration among stakeholders as well as local communities.

Better process

Using 4M for utility coordination can prevent delays, additional costs, design changes, and surprise discoveries on the job site.

Early and ongoing site analysis

4M is the earliest available source of utility information for past, present, and future project sites. By making subsurface utility locations known as far in advance as possible, we help you kickstart your utility coordination process with the maximum time to plan and execute a well-thought-out strategy. We also make it easier to keep track of changes between project phases, especially when timelines are extended or delayed.

Comprehensive site overview

Good utility coordination is about understanding the entire range of options and quantifying each one in terms of cost, schedule, and technical implications. 4M provides the most comprehensive overview of utilities on each site as well as the surrounding area, giving more context and detail to expand and assess the variety of options at the earliest opportunity.

Effective communication

4M improves utility coordination by enabling effective communication between multiple stakeholders. Project owners, utility companies, and contractors may refer to the same facilities using completely different terms and geographical reference systems, which can result in confusion or misunderstanding about coordination plans. 4M provides a common and consistent GIS baseplan to pinpoint the exact sites that require utility coordination.


Everything you need to know

What Is Utility Coordination?

Utility coordination is a complex liaising activity that brings various stakeholders together before any construction or infrastructure-related project begins. It minimizes conflict and enhances coordination between utility owners and project developers by ensuring careful planning and implementation of subsurface utility engineering.

What type of certification is required for utility coordination?

A Utility Certification verifies that adequate coordination between utility owners and project developers has taken place before construction begins. Utility Certifications are required for all projects and must be submitted to relevant authorities along with project plans, specifications, and estimates package (PS&E).

What are the benefits of Utility Coordination?

Utility coordination ensures all stakeholders are in the loop and that there is adequate planning for minimizing damage to utilities. It saves time and money and ensures successful project completion without any unpleasant surprises within the stipulated time. Most importantly, it keeps workers and communities safe from potential hazards.

What does a utility coordinator do?

Utility coordinators liaise with various utility owners, governmental authorities, and project owners to ensure successful project completion. They help minimize conflicts and mitigate procedural risks that may arise during a project. They are key enablers of successful communication between different stakeholders and ensure conflict resolution during construction projects.

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