Dry Utilities Could Be the Problem, Part 2

Construction_Engineering_57176What are dry utilities? Most projects need power and or gas to operate. Dry utilities or what some people call “joint trench” are the power and gas that supply a project. These don’t only need to be installed, they need to be designed. The design must also go through a utility company, e.g. PG &E for final approvals. Power and gas are needed on road and bridge projects, but this potential delay is felt the most in the home building industry. Remember. You will not occupy a home without electrical or gas being supplied to this home. No City will ever allow final sign-offs before all public agencies have approved the design and installment of the utilities themselves. Dry utilities should be on the radar of every Owner when starting a project. Remember. You will not occupy a home without electrical or gas.

About Mark Rieser II, M.S., P.E.

Consulting expert with over 25 years of experience in civil / structural engineering, traffic / transportation engineering, general building contracting, general engineering contracting, soil engineering, and architectural design. Mark Rieser has built and designed custom homes, highways, roadways, traffic signals / interchanges, traffic control, retaining walls, slope repairs, 300 apartments, 2000 town homes, over 900 single family homes, expansion / retrofit San Francisco Airport, BART Railroad construction and much more. He is an expert in California Building Code, seismic retrofits, manual uniform traffic control devices, cost estimating, scheduling, highway design manual, traffic manual, and public works standard plans and specifications. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Masters Degree in Civil / Structural Engineering with a minor in Urban Planning. He is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Associated General Contractors (AGC). He has more than 6 years expert witness experience including consultations, depositions, and courtroom testimony.

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