Mapping the underground from up above

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In the US utilities that own buried infrastructure are required to precisely locate and mark the location of their infrastructure in response to requests lodged through Call 811, the equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service.

Get centimetre accurate positioning – on your smartphone

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A trial of satellite technology designed to improve the accuracy of satellite navigation systems such as GPS, jointly funded by the Australian and New Zealand Governments, has kicked of with an event at CQUniversity Australia's campus in Rockhampton in Queensland, but its’ been pipped at the post by a new commercial service that is offering centimetre accuracy on a smartphone. And it originated in New Zealand.

Eye in the sky to detect diggers who fail to dial

PEL744 Eye in the sky to detect diggers who fail to dial

It’s nigh on impossible to catch people digging up the ground who have failed to call Dial Before You Dig and verify the location of buried infrastructure, unless of course they dig into that buried infrastructure and deprive someone of power, gas, water or telecommunications. Or worse.

Digital transformation meets utilities

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The latest promotional email for Australian Utility Week — to be held 29-30 November in Melbourne — has a strong focus on digital transformation. It warns: “The digital transformation roadmap is fraught with challenges,” and promises that the event will “help you with your digital transformation journey.”

PelicanCorp teams up with Australia’s peak contractor body to help protect vital infrastructure

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PelicanCorp has formed a strategic alliance with Australia’s Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) under which they will strive jointly to promote best practice in infrastructure construction through communication and by seeking to influence policy and management practices for civil construction.

Why we need National 811 Day

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It’s an endlessly repeated statistic, but needs to be said and said again until it ceases to be true: Every six minutes in the US an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

ALAs let you dig without having to dial

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The June 2017 edition of American Locator magazine carried a lengthy interview with PelicanCorp CEO Duane Rodgers in which he drew attention to a scheme in Canada under which contractors can gain permission from a utility to commence work without waiting for information on any buried infrastructure, if they employ digging practices considered safe.

PelicanCorp teams up with Australia’s peak contractor body to help protect vital infrastructure

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PelicanCorp has formed a strategic alliance with Australia’s Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) under which they will strive jointly to promote best practice in infrastructure construction through communication and by seeking to influence policy and management practices for civil construction.

PelicanCorp CEO Duane Rodgers in print

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American Locator is a magazine dedicated to the protection of underground infrastructure. It “gets to the heart of recent news, updates, technology and processes focusing on damage prevention in the underground utility industry”. Heading up the June 2017 issue was a lengthy interview with PelicanCorp CEO, Duane Rodgers. Here’s a summary of what Duane had to say.

Driving home the safe digging message on video

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There’s a new video – Don’t know, don’t dig — on the dangers of digging without being absolutely certain you know what’s under the ground. It’s a joint production by SafeWork NSW, Dial Before You Dig, Endeavour Energy, Ausgrid and Essential Energy. So its focus is on the dangers, and the consequences of damaging electricity cables.

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