Celebrating geographic information systems

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What’s the connection between geographic information systems (GIS) and renowned US consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who became famous in 1965, with the publication of his critique of US car manufacturers, Unsafe at Any Speed?

A big bang, but who’s at fault?

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In the ever-growing catalogue of excavation accidents this was a biggie: one dead, six injured and, most spectacularly, one home totally destroyed, 20 left uninhabitable and another 34 damaged, according to {cslimited}press reports{/cslimited}

USA: 30 years of trenching rules enforcement and still 30 deaths a year

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In 1985 the US Government’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) initiated a Special Emphasis Program covering trenching and excavation. Announcing the move, is that “Because of the continuing incidence of trench/excavation collapses and accompanying loss of life, the agency has determined that an increased OSHA enforcement presence at worksites where such operations are being conducted is warranted.”

The inside story of pipelines - thanks to CCTV

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Closed circuit television (CCTV) is an extremely useful technology for inspecting the condition of pipelines and conduits - from the inside. Trenchless Australia has produced a handy guide to the technology and its use.

Trenching training hard to come by

Training.gov.au has released a new version of its training requirements for competency in trenching, the second in six months. Any organisation seeking to get its workers trained to the new competency requirement might struggle: courses specific to it seem to be in short supply.

Sterile strips are fertile ground for digging disasters

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If you think a sterile strip is bit of sticking plaster that you slap on your skin after losing an argument with a sharp object, think again. In the UK at least a sterile strip is the land on either side of buried pipelines or other underground infrastructure to which regulations apply that are designed to protect the infrastructure and the rights of its owners and operators.

US excavation industry works hard to promote dial-before-you-dig

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Dial before you dig services can only be really effective with widespread awareness. While awareness will be high amongst businesses that make their living digging up the earth - for whatever reason, it's a much greater challenge to ensure that every citizen with a plot of earth to their name and the temptation to dig a hole in it, again for whatever reason, is fully aware of the dangers of doing so and the means to avoid them.

Digging dangers: for people, not pipelines

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We’ve written plenty about the dangers of digging into buried infrastructure but digging can be hazardous even when there is no buried infrastructure: holes in the ground have an unfortunate tendency to collapse, often onto the people who have been digging them, unless proper precautions are taken.

LinesearchbeforeUdig streamlines UK’s pre-excavation enquiry processing

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Since joining the LinesearchbeforeUdig service in June 2013 ESP Utilities Group, which operates over 10,000 gas and electricity networks in the UK, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of relevant enquiries it receives from people planning excavations on or near to their gas and electricity networks.

Keeping Aussie excavators safe - state by state

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In October 2013 Safe Work Australia issued a revised code of practice for excavation work. To have legal status in any state or territory it must be approved as a code of practice in that jurisdiction. However not one state or territory has yet adopted the latest version. So just where do they stand on legislation for safe excavations?

GITA strategies to survive and thrive

pel405-gita-strategies-to-survive-and-thrive.jpgThe Geospatial Information & Technology Association Australia & New Zealand (GITA ANZ) is feeling the pinch on a number of fronts and has produced a three year strategic plan to counter the myriad threats to its viability.