Pennsylvania rejects stronger One Call law

PEL647 Pennsylvania rejects stronger One Call law

We opened last week’s column by saying: “A rather gloomy statistic is that, on average, every minute of every day somebody, somewhere in the US digging up the ground strikes an underground pipe or cable.”

In search of digital utilities

PEL648 In search of digital utilities

If you have any involvement in the information technology industry you will know that the idea of digital transformation is hot, along with its consequence, digital disruption.

NZ Spatial Award finalists announced

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Finalists have been announced for the 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards. The winning companies and individuals, along with those from parallel competitions in each Australian state and territory and one among Pacific island nations, will go forward to compete in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA).

Australian Utility Week: what’s free and what’s not

PEL641 Australian Utility Week

Australian Utility Week, a conference and exhibition spanning all aspects of the utilities industry, is coming up in Sydney at the end of November. However “Utility Week” is something of a misnomer: it’s only two days, 29-30 November and it’s being held at the Australian Technology Park in the Sydney Inner West suburb of Redfern.

Australia & New Zealand move to make government data more open

PEL639 Australia New Zealand move to make government data more open

Earlier this year we reported: “26 February was a significant day for many organisations and individuals working in a wide range of Australian industries. It was the day that the Australian Government made the Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF) and Administrative Boundaries datasets available at no cost to end users.”

Planet Underground TV debuts

PEL640 Planet Underground TV debuts

A few weeks ago we reported on plans in the US to publish a regular video magazine for all involved in excavation around utility infrastructure: Planet Underground TV, with the strapline “reducing damage one viewer at a time”.  The first edition is now out. How does it look?

PelicanCorp aims for the pinnacle of spatial industry awards

pel634 pelicancorp aims for the pinnacle of spatial industry awards

For organisations and individuals working in the surveying and spatial information industries in the Asia-Pacific region, the pinnacle of peer recognition is an Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (APSEA). These are the only awards in the region that combine recognition of both individuals and organisations engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry.

PelicanCorp TicketAccess automates City of Charles Sturt’s DBYD responses

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The City of Charles Sturt (CCS) in the western suburbs of Adelaide owns around 500kms of underground assets including stormwater and recycled water supply networks. Enquiries relayed by Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) from contractors wanting to dig near those networks were running at around 600 per month, and growing by about 10 percent each month.

Award time for utilities

pel630 award time for utilities

Singapore-based Clarion Events, organiser of Australian Utility Week, has created the Australian Utility Innovators Awards, to be held in conjunction with its two planned events in Australia later this year: Customer Focussed Utility 2016 to be held in Melbourne on 22 September and its main exhibition and conference, Australian Utility Week 2016, in Sydney on 29 and 30 November.

NULCA members get a newsletter

pel627 nulca members get a newsletter

The National Utility Locating Contractors Association for Australia (NULCA) has partnered with publishing company Great Southern Press, publisher of the Trenchless Australasia magazine, to produce monthly e-newsletter for members. Under the new partnership, NULCA members will also have the opportunity to promote themselves to the underground asset industry by purchasing a listing in the ‘business cards’ section of the magazine.

NBN Co’s challenges in cabling Australian homes

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Australia’s National Broadband Network Company (nbn – as it likes to be known) has revealed that it receives almost 600 complaints every month from the public as it digs up the streets to install a new nationwide broadband Internet access network.

What Dial Before You Dig teach the IT industry

pel626 what dial before you dig teach the it industry

At first blush Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service might not seem to have much in common with the information technology (IT) industry, but that’s not the view of one IT expert who, in this article, offers “Five lessons you can learn from the utilities sector – power generation, transmission and distribution, and retail.”

Underground asset location advice from an expert

pel624 underground asset location advice from an expert

The Institute of Public Works, Engineering Australia, has a really useful article on its website, full of advice from a veteran locator of underground assets. Ben Minutoli, a director of Geelong Cable Locations, has been in the business for almost 20 years and is on the National Utility Locating Contractors Association committee.