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Improving Coordination with Utilities (R01A, R01B, R15B)

Improving Coordination with Utilities (R01A, R01B, R15B)


More than 35 million miles of underground utilities are known to exist in the United States but many more are not identified. That’s why transportation agencies and contractors need every possible advantage to detect and manage utility conflicts and make wise decisions every time a shovel goes into the ground. Through SHRP2, three tools are available to help transportation professionals manage their utility program and save lives, money, and time. Utility Locating Technologies (R01B), Identifying and Managing Utility Conflicts (R15B), and 3D Utility Location Data Repository (R01A) address the biggest challenges presented by underground utilities:

  • How to more accurately locate utilities;
  • How to manage potential conflicts to minimize delays and disruptions to the public; and
  • How to better organize and ensure data is stored for current and future projects.

Click here to view an overview brochure explaining the linkages between these three products.

Tools and Technologies
Case Studies
Lessons Learned and other Documents
Workshops, Presentations and Webinars
Related Materials and Information
Related State Efforts
Implementation Assistance Program
  • Arkansas, California, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, and Virginia used Utility Locating Technologies through the FHWA/AASHTO Implementation Assistance Program (IAP).
  • California, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington used Identifying and Managing Utility Conflicts through the IAP.
  • California, the District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington used 3D Utility Location Data Repository through the IAP.
Related Links

Video Overview of Kentucky Utility and Rail Tracking (KURT) System

The KURT System walks users through a road project’s utility coordination process including a full utility conflict matrix. This video provides a glimpse into the basic functionality of the Kurt System.

Video Demonstration


This video shows live-footage from the SHRP2 R01B Utility Locating Technologies program at Oregon DOT’s project site along SR8, Hocken Avenue and Short Street. It presents the field activities, geophysical instrumentation, vehicle requirements, and staff deployed to acquire multi-channel ground penetrating radar (MCGPR) data. Cardno is the ODOT SUE contractor awarded this project, where Senior staff member Jamie Bradburn narrates the field activities showing acquisition of MCGPR data utilizing the state-of-the-art IDS Stream-EM system.


This video shows Time Domain Electromagnetic Induction (TDEMI) instrumentation used during the SHRP2 R01B Utility Locating Technology program for the Montana DOT’s Custer Avenue project. Shown here are night-time operations of the tow-vehicle and towed-array geophysical instrumentation. This towed configuration of Geonics EM61-MK2A single transmitter and receiver coil systems has three slaved independent transmitter-receiver coils to create a lane-width TDEMI utility mapping array. The towed TDEMI array can travel at speeds of 3 to 5 mph and maintain centimeter GPS data positional accuracy. (Video courtesy of P. Sirles).