with multiple shareholders and types of work offered. Most
of UST’s work was concentrated in environmental work. I
changed our service offering to construction of fuel systems
while winding down the environmental work. As we grew,
we slowly exited the retail market and concentrated on the
commercial and industrial market. We added federal work
building fuel systems at military installations. In 2008, we
started a general construction division that spun off into a
separate company in January 2019.
Wright: Your website says UST uses building information
modeling (BIM). What are the bene;ts of BIM, and how
do you use it?
Ryan: BIM is necessary on larger, complex fuel systems,
Wright: Your company has contracts for government proj-
especially if the piping and electrical is commingled in
con;ned spaces with other trades’ work. BIM allows us to
increase prefab work while reducing ;eldwork. It facilitates
accuracy and mitigates mistakes, rework and waste. BIM is
also a requirement of larger construction projects.
ects and mission-critical facilities. What are some of the
notable ones and their challenges?
Ryan: Unfortunately, we cannot mention names of clients
on most of the high-pro;le projects due to nondisclosure
agreements. We can mention the GE transportation project
where we designed and built a fuel oil, lube and waste water
system to service new locomotive manufacturing. It was
a fast-paced, seven-month project from design to commissioning that required over 400,000 lines of code to be
programmed to operate the system. The challenges on most
of the large projects — $3 million to $10 million — are the
UST projects include emergency generator fuel storage.