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Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)


Infrastructure is a broad term and may bring to mind all the unseen piping systems within a city, town, community or county. Infrastructure certainly includes all of the piped systems we cannot see, but it also includes those that we do see such as, electric lines, roadways, drainage structures, bridges, and water reservoirs and lakes. All of these systems impact all of us and our communities in some way. Infrastructure provides the conveniences that we use every day and often take for granted, such as our ability to go to the sink and get a glass of water.

MBCO assists in developing planning for infrastructure from right-of-way identification to securing the land, from planning and sizing the various utility requirements to designing the roadway and drainage. We are there in the beginning and at the end to assure that all options for infrastructure have been identified and addressed. Maintenance of this infrastructure is always at the forefront of our planning and design. To be sustainable it must be accessible. We develop workable maintenance-oriented solutions to make life easier, now and in the future.

  • Large Diameter Waterlines
  • Water Distributions systems
  • Paving Design
  • Grading Plans
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Drainage Design
  • Sanitary Sewer Design
  • Site Development
  • Studies
  • Condition Assessment


Our country’s transportation network is evolving and changing almost daily. Understanding how transportation relates to and interacts with urban design is critical. Good transportation planning looks at the community and land the project will pass through. Corridor studies, route location, logistics, traffic studies, stakeholders meetings, and schematic layouts are just a few of the components of a comprehensive context-sensitive solution.

MBCO provides a complete array of traffic engineering services with the goal of optimizing traffic flow and enhancing safety for all users of the multi-modal transportation network. We consider each appropriate mode of travel and node of the overall system for every project or task, developing the best value solution for our clients.

  • Traffic Data Collection
  • Traffic Signal Design and Analysis
  • Intersection Conceptual Design
  • Roadway and Intersection Capacity Analyses
  • Access Management
  • Fiber Communication
  • Signing and Pavement Marking Design
  • Traffic Control Plan Design
  • Traffic Impact Analysis
  • Speed Zone Studies
  • Corridor Level Of Service (LOS) Analysis
  • Traffic Signal and Multi-way Stop Warrant Analyses
  • Parking Analysis
  • Coordination with Municipalities to obtain Approvals


No matter the size of the project MBCO focuses on proactively engaging and leading clients through every phase of a project. We set expectations for critical success factors, milestones and metrics upfront. And we develop a unique project execution plan scaled to the size and parameters of each individual project.

Our experienced project managers work to keep projects on track. To ensure accountability and transparency, we review project performance against goals each week and address issues and challenges in the moment. Following these standards, MBCO has successfully executed many projects, giving us the experience and capability to see each project through from inception to realization of our client’s scope, schedule, and budget goals.


Managing agreements and schedules between lead and reviewing agencies is essential to a successful project completion. MBCO assists clients with permit preparation and processing, local and county approvals, state and federal agency coordination, public involvement coordination, compliance monitoring, and environmental permitting.


We ensure a project’s success by meeting expectations. By managing risks and controlling costs, our team can focus on achieving the end result while monitoring the ongoing details. This comprehensive management, at every stage of the project, includes pre-construction planning, complete construction oversight, and post-construction services. We focus on improving schedule performance, controlling, and reducing costs, minimizing risks, and ensuring quality.


CM services are key to successful projects for the owner, contractors, and engineers. MBCO works both on- and off-site to help coordinate all aspects of the constructed project. This includes financing, timelines, budgeting, submission reviews, negotiations, conflict resolution, and monthly reporting. CM is an alternative to the traditional general contracting practice in which subcontractors work directly with the general contractor rather than answering to the client and the client’s representative. MBCO , as the construction manager, looks out for the owner’s best interest by working with the general contractor and subcontractors.


MBCO Engineering and Surveying has built a solid reputation as a full-service engineering and surveying firm committed to quality customer service, accurate, rapid response and dependable surveying services. We are proud of our “One-Stop Shop” capabilities as we have the engineers, row specialist and surveyors who work seamlessly as one team to provide the client with the highest level of service. Our experienced survey staff and field personnel can provide high level surveying for transportation projects, construction staking, waterline projects, row acquisition, easement preparation, design surveys, ALTA surveys and industrial projects. Our team is equipped to perform work required for a rotation list or single project: schematic; design; construction; as-built; and anything in between.  

MBCO’s team can provide services that include the traditional conventional survey, GPS surveying, terrestrial scanning and aerial control. Our team is composed of multiple Registered Professional Land Survey professionals and project managers that have a vast knowledge and experience working across the state and has helped us forge strong relations with the master planners of major capital improvement and public works projects with multiple city, county, and state agencies.

MBCO Engineering and Surveying is registered with the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying and provides professional land surveying services across Texas. Houston (Corporate) Surveying License No. 10194112.

  • Boundary Surveys
  • GPS Control
  • Aerial Control
  • ROW/ Route Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • HDS Terrestrial Scanning
  • Platting
  • Land Development
  • Pipeline Surveys
  • Construction Staking
  • ALTA Surveys
  • Mapping
  • Deed Research


Environmental engineering is a form of compliance consulting, which relates to a broad spectrum of public needs, including utilities, wastewater, air pollutants, landfills, groundwater, surface water, treatment, discharge, storm water, water quality, and soil contamination. Most municipalities find themselves challenged in all these areas by the environmental impact and compliance requirements.


As environmental concerns grow and regulations change, developing the built environment involves risk. Fortunately, environmental science professionals can help manage that risk. MBCOs engineers and environmental scientists provide private and public clients with the guidance necessary to develop and maintain communities while respecting nature and complying with local, state, and federal regulations. MBCO Engineering conducts assessments and investigations ranging from ASTM Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs) to limited site subsurface investigations, complete with field service capability and a diverse staff of environmental assessment professionals.

  • Feasibility studies
  • Site selection studies
  • Routing studies and analyses
  • Public involvement
  • NEPA document preparation (CE, EA, EIS)
  • Environmental site assessments (Phases 1 and 2)
  • Agency coordination
  • Permit negotiation
  • SWPPP implementation, inspection, reporting, and management


Survey monumentation networks are critical for land surveying and mapping projects. These benchmark networks are used to establish horizontal and vertical reference coordinates used in topographic, boundary, construction, and other geospatial surveys. MBCO monumentation services include creation of custom benchmark disks, installation and data collection, as well as verification of existing city, county, and other government agency’s benchmark networks. Our surveyors use advanced GPS receivers, total stations, digital levels, and computer software to accurately collect data and establish coordinates on these new or existing benchmarks. 

MBCO has established itself as a premier company in Houston for establishing high-accuracy horizontal and vertical control networks.  We have provided city-wide monumentation systems for the City of Pearland, City of Conroe, City of San Angelo, and hundreds of miles of GPS control monuments for Texas Department of Transportation, METRO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Harris County Flood Control District, and most recently Harris Galveston Subsidence District. We have the most experienced team of GPS monumentation experts in Houston and statewide.  

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) involves managing certain risks associated with utility mapping at appropriate quality levels, utility coordination, utility relocation design and coordination, utility condition assessment, communication of utility data to concerned parties, utility relocation cost estimates, implementation of utility accommodation policies, and utility design. It is the systematic study and mapping of subsurface utilities to minimize potential risks related to design and construction projects. Our techniques involve identifying the horizontal positions of utilities through electromagnetic technology and vertical location through non-destructive equipment, including vacuum truck systems that incorporate safe digging techniques.

Utility Maps and Design Files are developed from the Data Collection received from the utility designations and utility investigations. Utility Design (AutoCAD/MicroStation) files depict the existing utility locations conflicting with the proposed design files generating a list of conflicts for a conflict analysis.
Our on-site teams probe and specify the discovered utilities for data collection by surveyors. The data collected is then used to generate a comprehensive utility map, enhancing the safety and efficiency of design and construction projects. Our SUE unit collaborates with the engineering team to pinpoint possible conflicts in design and construction. This synergy provides our Utility Coordinators with precise data for effective collaboration with design teams and utility companies, ensuring safe and successful facility relocation prior to the commencement of a construction project.
We offer the following Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Quality Levels of Services:
  • Quality Level D: Collection of information from pre-existing utility records.
  • Quality Level C: Surveying visible above-ground utility facilities and correlating the findings with utility records for accuracy.
  • Quality Level B: Employing geophysical techniques to ascertain the horizontal position of underground utilities.
  • Quality Level A: Providing Survey of Precise Horizontal and Vertical Utility Locations using nondestructive equipment.