Dry Utilities Could Be the Problem, Part 3

Construction_Engineering_43169The design process can be very simply, but let me run though the basic process. The Owner supplies an application to the utility company. In California, it will most likely be PG&E. The Owner can either have PG&E design the dry utilities or they can have an outside agency perform the work. Even though PG&E is an excellent organization, they have their limitations. They must support the general public. If an unexpected storm hits your area, and since PG&E must support the area, their focus is redirected to designing or installing dry utilities to support the community. Guess what? Your design is on hold until this emergency is resolved. This is why I recommend using an outside agency that can support your design needs. Even though PG&E may not be involved with the design, they will still provide the global or as-built plans to the designer. The design approval may take multiple submittals to address all issues with the utility companies. This again is why you need to use an experienced designer to manage your joint trench design.

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