Local Firm Hires Subsurface Engineering Pioneer

Tom Rock is the new Mid-Atlantic SUE Manager for McKim & Creed. He is based in the company's Charleston office.

Tom Rock is the new Mid-Atlantic SUE Manager for McKim & Creed. He is based in the company's Charleston office.

McKim & Creed, Inc., one of the largest surveying and mapping firms in the South, welcomes Thomas R. Rock as the company’s Mid-Atlantic subsurface utility engineering (SUE) manager. In this role, he will oversee McKim & Creed’s professional SUE services from Georgia to Pennsylvania. He will be based in McKim & Creed’s Charleston office.

“Tom is a rock star in the subsurface utility engineering industry. His knowledge and experience are unparalleled, and we are excited about the value he brings to our clients,” said Tim Van Gelder, PLS, regional manager for McKim & Creed.

SUE was established as an engineering process in the early 1980s to locate, identify and designate underground utilities. It has been credited with helping prevent accidents associated with underground utilities on construction sites.

Mr. Rock began his SUE career in 1992, making him one of the first practitioners in the country. During his nearly 40-year career he has been involved with every facet of the industry, from working on SUE crews to managing projects to leading a national SUE company.

Mr. Rock is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in industrial technology. “I am happy to join the McKim & Creed team and look forward to expanding our SUE services throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” he said.

McKim & Creed provides full-service geomatics services from offices in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas. The company completes nearly 2,000 SUE projects each year and is consistently ranked among the top 50 trenchless design firms in the U.S. by Trenchless Technology magazine. This year Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine ranked McKim & Creed among the top 150 engineering firms in the U.S.

About McKim & Creed: McKim & Creed is an employee-owned engineering and surveying firm with nearly 600 staff members in offices throughout the U.S. In addition to SUE, the company provides airborne and mobile LiDAR/scanning; unmanned aerial systems; hydrographic and conventional surveying; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, structural and civil engineering services; and industrial design-build services for the commercial/office, education, energy, government, healthcare, industrial, residential, transportation and water markets. www.mckimcreed.com.

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