Fires, fines and flattened buildings

PEL843 Fires fines and flattened buildings

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.

Eureka! Water pipe failures predicted

PEL837 Eureka Water pipe failures predicted

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.

A steamy story from the streets of New York City

PEL830 A steamy story from the streets of New York City

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.

Ticket to ride: to CGA 2019, from PelicanCorp

PEL829 Ticket to ride to CGA 2019

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.

CGA 811 campaigns scores safety award

PEL828 CGA 811 campaigns scores safety award

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.

Something rotten in the state of sewer pipes


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 Utilities recognised

PEL820 Digital Utilities recognised

Four Australian utilities and one individual were recognised for their achievements last April as the winners of the Inaugural Digital Utilities Awards, announced at the Digital Utilities Conference in Melbourne on 19 April.

The leak-revealing sounds of water

PEL822 The leak revealing sounds of water

What if you could listen to the sounds of water flowing through underground pipes to detect leaks and transient pressure surges that can stress pipes, eventually causing fractures?

Mornington Peninsula Shire deploys PelicanCorp’s PermitAccess

PEL817 Morning Peninsular case study

The Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria has become the first local council in Australia to adopt PelicanCorp’s cloud based system, PermitAccess that integrates Dial Before You Dig enquires with applications for access to the road corridor to carry out excavations following the DBYD enquiry.

Construction industry conference celebrates boom times

PEL515 Construction industry conference celebrates boom times

The construction industry in Australia is on a roll. According to the organisers of the forthcoming Construction Materials Industry Conference (CMIC18), Australia is on the cusp of the biggest influx of public and private infrastructure investment in decades, and the coming infrastructure boom will be one and a half times the size of recent Australian mining boom.