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."
Dial Before You Dig has teamed up with Australian trenchless consultant company, Trenchless Advisor, to produce a new method for verifying the competency of directional drillers.
In the hyper-digitised world of today the management of data on the location of underground infrastructure is something of laggard, despite the potentially fatal consequences of incorrect or absent date.
You don’t have to go very deep before you hit underground infrastructure, and you don’t even have to be digging up the ground to worry about where it is located: a fact that was brought home with very painful and near fatal consequences to an unfortunate Jack Russell terrier in the Victorian town of Northcote.
Stories of diggers and drillers hitting buried gas pipes, water mains and power cables are numerous and, in many cases, nasty. Explosions follow, people die: from fire or electrocution. One particular incident was a train wreck, almost literally.
Age has weakened them, the years condemned them with corrosion and now America's gas pipes are leaking, and exploding, in ever increasing numbers, especially in New Jersey.
Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) are locked in a long-running dispute over the CFA's ability to provide the specialised services needed to rescue people trapped in collapsed trenches.
Despite rules and regulations, codes of practices, training schemes and long experience trench collapses with fatal or near-fatal consequences still occur all too frequently.
Being able to call up or go to a web site and get information on underground infrastructure before you start digging a hole is something we tend to take for granted in Australia - after all, the Dial Before You Dig service has been around for 25 years.