Investment advice web site, The Motley Fool recently took a look at Canadian company Badger Daylighting, which manufactures and operates hydrovac-equipped trucks that mainly serve the utility and municipality and oil and gas industries.
The Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland has become the first local government in Australia to require the use of Dial Before You Dig certified locators.
Have a care for anyone digging up the ground in Colorado. According to the local paper, the Denver Post, seven years into a surge in oil and gas production, there are hundreds of kilometres of underground lines carrying volatile, and flammable, hydrocarbons near people, and more than 120,000 “segments” are known to be buried within 300 metres of buildings, but it’s not known exactly where.
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) — the association of 1,700 individuals, organisations and sponsors involved in every facet of the underground utility industry in the USA — has issued the first of what will be annual reports detailing the state of current and emergent technologies available to the damage prevention industry.
Underground infrastructure carries all sorts of things essential to the functioning of a modern society: electricity, gas, water, sewage, information. And now, rubbish!
PelicanCorp has partnered with Irish company Murphy Surveys to upgrade Ireland’s beforeUdig service, already powered by PelicanCorp’s OneCallAccess software, and to have the service adopted as Ireland’s nation service for the prevention of damage to underground infrastructure.
PSMA Australia — a government owned company set up in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver location data — says it is removing the silos in the highly-specialised geospatial industry and taking location data to the mainstream.
In November 2017 contractors hit a gas line in Camby Indiana belonging to Vectren,the utility providing natural gas to more than 690,000 retail customers in central, southern, and southwestern Indiana.
The Canadian Government, through Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), has signed a MoU with the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) to improve the protection of underground infrastructure located on federal lands.
Six European countries have created the LARA consortium that aims to combine precise location information using multiple satellite systems with virtual reality to create a handheld device that will show the location of buried infrastructure.
Name just about any object you like and somebody will build a collection of examples: of every age and variety.
Standards Australia has released a for-comment draft of the five-year old Australian standard for the classification of subsurface utility information.
A project by scientists from CSIRO's Date61 group that helps to predict which water pipes need maintenance before they burst has won the Excellence in Data Science category at this year’s Eureka Prizes.
There’s been yet another catastrophic explosion resulting from damaged underground infrastructure. This time errant excavators failing to get accurate information on its location were not to blame. But the incident does highlight another, and perhaps lesser known, hazard that services such as Dial Before You Dig help to prevent.
In March this year, Utah State University’s Buried Structure Laboratory released a report titled, Water Main Breaks in the United States and Canada: A Comprehensive Study. It makes for disturbing reading.Here are it's opening comments.
For the past six years PelicanCorp has offered attendees at the Common Ground Alliance’s annual conference in the US the chance to win two tickets to Australia, and this year it spiced up the prize with two tickets to the inaugural Oceania Damage Prevention Conference, (ODPC)to be held on Australia’s Gold Coast from August 20-23, 2018, of which it is a major sponsor.
The Common Ground Alliance, the association of 1,700 individuals, organisations and sponsors involved in every facet of the underground utility industry in the USA, has been received the 2018 Green Cross for Safety Advocate Award from the US National Safety Council for its 811 Campaign.
The inaugural Oceania Damage Prevention Conferencewill be held in Queensland at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-23 August 2018 with the theme “Drawing in the Power of Collaboration”.
This year’s Federal Budget contained an announcement of considerable significance to anyone with an interest in locating underground infrastructure.
Water utilities are getting smarter in how the monitor and manage their underground pipe networks. We recently reported on how SA Water is using acoustic sensors to detect pressure surges and leaks in its Adelaide CBD water mains. Now, Melbourne Water is trialling the use of new technologies to help monitor the condition of more than 400kms of sewerage mains across Melbourne.
Digital technologies are disrupting industries of all kinds, and infrastructure management is no exception. Over the years in this column, we’ve looked a quite a few of these technologies: augmented and virtual reality; the internet of things (IoT), drones etc.