Gas explosions resulting from people digging holes in the ground without first ascertaining the location of buried pipes continue to make the news. And these represent only the tip of the iceberg of digging disasters and potential disasters: those where the consequences are less catastrophic, either because there was no explosion or because the pipe or cable was spotted before it was damaged, never make the news.
Despite many attempts by governments, unions and industry the dangers of trench collapse don’t seem to register, the lessons go unlearnt and people continue to die with depressing frequency.
Last month Christopher Johns the CEO of US utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE) resigned sparking speculation that the move was connected to two fatal gas pipe explosions that took place on his watch, and which continue to dog the company.
The multi-tiered system for rolling out Australia's National Broadband Network appears to be causing ongoing problems, with reports that one firm subcontracted to lay cables for the network has gone into administration through a lack of work from the prime contractor, and another being sacked by the prime contractor over allegedly dodgy practices.
NBN, the government owned company installing Australia's National Broadband Network (it recently changed its name from NBN Co) is planning a revamp of the terms under which it engages contractors for the installation of its networks.
For two years now PelicanCorp’s CorridorAccess service has been streamlining the application process in New Zealand for road closures that do not involve digging up the roads.
Australia’s national broadband network company (which now goes by the name nbn) has put in place a new contracting model for the rollout of its fixed networks that it hopes will significantly boost the quality and speed of the rollout to homes and businesses.
The Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT) is aiming to boost its services to members with the formation of special interest groups including, potentially, one focused on the location of underground assets.
ActewAGL - the company that owns and operates the ACT electricity and gas networks and that has gas networks in Queanbeyan and Palerang shires and Nowra in NSW - has won the 2015 GITA ANZ Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) Performance Award. The award - presented at GITA's Locate conference dinner - recognises high performance by companies that are members of GITA (Geospatial Information & Technology Association) in responding to Dial Before You Dig enquiries.
The trenchless technology industry will converge on the Gold Coast, 8-11 September 2015, for the No-Dig Downunder 2015 conference and exhibition. According to the organisers, it will be the first time the entire industry has convened since the international No-Dig event held in Sydney in 2013.
Residents of Toowoomba in Queensland had a close brush with disaster recently when council workers digging up the road at the junction of Spring and Ruthven Streets ruptured a 90mm pipe, spewing natural gas into the air.
This year, for the fourth year running, PelicanCorp held a draw at the annual Common Ground Alliance (CGA) show in the US, with the prize being a trip for two to Australia. We caught up with this year's winner, Cory Tuhy, a process safety management and DoT compliance technician for Whiting Petroleum Corporation, a Colorado-based exploration and production company.
In the US April is once again National Safe Digging Month when owners of underground infrastructure and others back events around the nation to raise awareness of the national Dial-Before-You-Dig service, which is available to anyone in the US by dialling 811.
For the first time Dial Before You Dig will be delivering seminars at CIVENEX, the annual showpiece of the NSW division of the Institute of Public Works Engineers of Australasia (IPWEA) and Australia’s premier infrastructure expo.
PelicanCorp has kicked off a series of webinars detailing some of its wide range of product and service offerings. The first of these focused on a range of cloud-based PelicanCorp services that enable councils to outsource and streamline the process of responding to Dial-Before-You-Dig (DBYD) and road opening requests and to better manage and coordinate these services.
A US manufacturer, Dirtworks Products, has come up with what it says is a revolutionary 3D measuring system that enables excavator operators to determine level and slope from the seat of their cab.
In a couple of recent articles we've talked about the potential for combining several recent technology developments to provide excavators with accurate information on the location of underground assets, and to ensure that stored information on the location of such assets is accurate and up to date. Now, it seems such a technology has arrived.
In 2014, for the fourth year running, PelicanCorp held a draw at the annual Common Ground Alliance (CGA) show in the US, with the prize being a trip for two to Australia. Last month we caught up with the winner, Mike Sullivan, president at Alberta One-Call, when he took his trip to Australia accompanied by his wife, Julie.
The rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is throwing a spotlight on the underpinning of the national Dial-Before-You-Dig service: the accuracy of the information on underground asset location provided to it by local councils, energy utilities and other asset owners.
Dial before you dig is a great service for anyone planning to dig a hole in the ground, but it relies on the owners of buried infrastructure to provide accurate information on the location of that infrastructure, and that is sometimes sadly lacking.
A year ago, in January 2014, an article in the Sydney Morning Herald carried the headline: "Here's what those crazy markings spray-painted all over Sydney pavements mean."