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

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Singapore-based Clarion Events, organiser of {cslimited} Australian Utility Week{/cslimited}, 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

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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 {cslimited}this article{/cslimited}, 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.

PelicanCorp streamlines Shoalhaven Water’s DBYD responses

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Shoalhaven Water -- part of Shoalhaven City Council -- provides water and sewerage services to more than 100,000 customers over an area of 4531 square kilometres on the NSW South Coast. When it joined the Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) service it knew the number of enquiries for the location of its underground infrastructure would rise significantly from the average of 100 per month that it was receiving directly and processing manually.

Call 811 awareness raising

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The US’ Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organisation created to prevent damage to underground infrastructure, works very hard to promote use of the Call 811 service, the equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig 1100 number, and with good reason.

Unitywater wins annual Dial Before You Dig award

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Unitywater, the company that provides water supply and sewerage services to residential and business customers on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has won an award for its performance in responding to Dial Before You Dig enquiries, thanks in no small part to PelicanCorp’s TicketAccess solution for automating responses to DBYD enquiries.

The real cost of gas pipeline safety features

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The US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in March issued a {cslimited}proposed set of new regulations{/cslimited} or natural gas pipelines. Reporting the move Associated Press described it as “a belated response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50.”

DBYD beats meditation any day

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“Concerns over damage caused by FTTH,” said the headline. “Underground infrastructure is being compromised by the deployment of fibre-optic cables,” it explained.

PelicanCorp gives Black Hills Energy exec a red letter day

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March 10 2016 was a red letter day for Black Hills Energy’s Nebraska based State Compliance Specialist, Nathan Stewart: it was the day he won PelicanCorp’s prize draw at the Common Ground Alliance’s annual 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, held this year in Las Vegas.

A big year for trenchless technology in Asia

pel614 a big year for trenchless technology in asia

Trenchless technology is a really useful technique for installing underground infrastructure such as cables and small diameter pipes. It avoids having to dig long trenches to install infrastructure with all the attendant risks of damaging that infrastructure.

Australian Government makes spatial data free

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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.

Locate16 conference and expo coming

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PelicanCorp will exhibit at Locate16, a conference and exhibition billed as Australia and New Zealand’s leading spatial event, to be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 12 to 14 April.

The mystery cause of damage to underground infrastructure

pel611 the mystery cause of damage to underground infrastructure

It might come as something of a surprise but, in the US at least, the main cause of damage to underground infrastructure is not failure to call the local equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service. Nor is it failure to properly locate the underground infrastructure. In fact, half of all incidents of damage occur after both those processes have been followed correctly.

How the Common Ground Alliance came to be

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March is once again the time for the US Common Ground Alliance’s annual conference and exhibition. It’s being held this year in Las Vegas from March 8 to 10 and PelicanCorp will once again be exhibiting, along with over 220 other companies.

To pinpoint underground infrastructure – take to the air

pel609 to pinpoint underground infrastructure take to the air

According to the web site of US company Geospatial Corporation, the US Geological Survey (USGS) predicts that sensors on unmanned aerial systems — drones to you and I — will greatly improve the inspection of complex infrastructure, including underground infrastructure.

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