Australia’s water mains showing their age

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Question: What do the Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill and the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield have in common? Answer: They were both seriously disrupted by burst water mains, within 24 hours of each other.

States slow to adopt national excavation code


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Safe Work Australia has revised its{cslimited} Excavation Code of Practice{/cslimited}. The new version, dated March 2015, replaces that issued in October 2013. It provides practical guidance on managing the health and safety risks associated with excavation work, and applies to all types of excavation work, including bulk excavations more than 1.5 metres deep, trenches, shafts and tunnels.

Join the International Locate Rodeo and the ‘Locate from Hell’

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Think you’re a dab hand with underground infrastructure locating technologies? Then you might like to take yourself to Texas for the International Locate Rodeo 2016, to be held at a location and date yet to be determined by Texas 811, that state’s equivalent of the Dial Before You Dig service.

From CGA Conference to the Great Barrier Reef

2pel536 from cga conference to the great barrier reefBack in March 2015, Cory Tuhy, a technician with Whiting Oil & Gas Corp in North Dakota, went to the Common Ground Alliance Excavation Safety Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida; and ended up on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland Australia. All thanks to {cslimited}PelicanCorp{/cslimited}.

What you smell when you smell gas

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Gas stinks. It’s not very pleasant, but that’s a good thing; it means our noses can detect a gas leak, even a small one. You’ve probably heard that gas is odourless and what you smell is an additive, but have you ever wondered what they put in? Well read on…

What to do if you didn't dial before you dug

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The US Department of Labor has a webpage devoted to the hazards associated with striking underground gas lines. It concludes with the advice that "If the damage results in the release of hazardous gases or liquids, both the utility operator and appropriate emergency response officials should be notified immediately."

Muons: X-Ray vision for pipe inspections

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In what sounds like something from the realms of science fiction, researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US are using subatomic particles called muons to analyse the thickness of metal pipes and check the integrity of welded joints.

Digging disaster news: the tip of an iceberg

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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.

Digging dangers still don’t register

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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.

PG&E dogged by fallout from pipeline explosions

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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.

More problems for nbn rollout subcontractors

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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 poised to revamp cable installer contracts

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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.

NBN revamps fixed network rollout contracts

pel526 nbn revamps fixed network rollout contracts
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.

ActewAGL wins DBYD award

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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.

No-Dig Downunder expo coming to the Gold Coast

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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.

Toowoomba escapes digging disaster

pel519 toowoomba escapes digging disaster

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.

Another lucky winner of a trip to Australia - courtesy of PelicanCorp

apel520 another lucky winner of a trip to australia courtesy of pelicancorp
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.

200,000 reasons to dial before you dig

pel517 200 000 reasons to dial before you dig
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.