AS5488 Subsurface Utility Engineering

11.58pm — 11.59pm , 04 December 2022


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*Register by 4 December 2022 to receive a 15% discount. Engineers Australia members can use this conjunction with their exclusive membership discount to save a total of $144.26. Enter the following discount code when registering: GET15

Please note, this is a self-paced online course. You can register and start the course anytime.

The end Event Date and Time information relates to Engineering Education Australia’s Black Friday sale period. 

About this short course

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is an internationally accepted practice to manage underground utilities and ensure they are taken into account during the design phase of a construction project.

Australia now has a national Standard on SUE, AS5488, allowing engineers and construction professionals to better plan projects and communicate about subsurface utilities.

This introductory course highlights the main sections of AS5488 and how to use SUE principles to create better engineering designs for construction and infrastructure projects. You’ll learn about:

  • different types of subsurface utilities
  • what an engineering design needs to consider
  • when SUE needs to be applied
  • what can go wrong if SUE is not adopted
  • current rules and regulations in Australia, and international best practice
  • managing utility authorities
  • processes for utility survey scoping
  • managing Safety in Design risks

After completing this course, you’ll know how to apply subsurface utility engineering principles to improve outcomes on construction projects; reducing costs and delays and increasing safety.

Learning outcomes

  • List the range of subsurface utilities that can be encountered when undertaking an engineering design
  • Explain why information relating to underground utilities is often inaccurate or incomplete
  • Describe what Subsurface Utility Engineering is and the role of a Subsurface Utility Engineer
  • Explain the Dial Before You Dig process
  • List the range of individuals/organisations that must be considered when undertaking an engineering design
  • Outline what an engineering design plan needs to include to properly consider subsurface utilities
  • Identify what can go wrong if the subsurface utilities are not managed correctly
  • Identify national rules governing other countries and the benefits of operating under that system
  • Identify the Australian national, State and Local government rules governing subsurface utilities
  • Describe the approach to preparing utility survey scoping, quality assessment of the survey, and appropriate level of survey at each stage of a project versus the risk level

Is this course for you?

This course suits engineers and professionals involved in construction and civil infrastructure projects such as buildings, roads, rail, water engineering, airports, and defence. Roles include:

  • Design engineers
  • Draftspersons
  • Project managers
  • Architects
  • QA professionals
  • Construction managers

How you’ll learn

This course is delivered through Engineering Education Australia’s digital learning platform, EEA Online.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks.

It will take approximately 8 hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure. Once you register, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account and providing access to the platform.


Members: $297.50 (with discount code GET15)
Non-member: $350.00 (with discount code GET15)
Key speaker
Roger Collins-Woolcock BE (Civil), MBA and Rob Sansbury BSc (Civil Engineering)
Engineering Education Australia
Registration close
04 December 2022
11.55pm AEDT