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.
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.
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 this article, offers “Five lessons you can learn from the utilities sector – power generation, transmission and distribution, and retail.”
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.
In April the US Department of Transportation (DoT) introduced the Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016.
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.
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.
ABC News reported on 27 March that Australia’s water consumers –just about every one of us – face an $8 billion bill to replace some 40,000kms of water pipes made with asbestos cement that are nearing the end of their useful life.
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 US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in March issued a proposed set of new regulations 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.”
“Concerns over damage caused by FTTH,” said the headline. “Underground infrastructure is being compromised by the deployment of fibre-optic cables,” it explained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There has been yet another highly destructive fire in the US following contractors rupturing an underground gas line. Fortunately this time no one was seriously injured but a historic building, in Omaha Nebraska, was damaged – probably beyond repair, businesses were shut down and people left homeless.
In the 1940s the installation of residential utility services—electric, gas and plumbing lines — required slow, tedious, pick-and-shovel labour. In the small town of Perry, Oklahoma, Carl Malzahn and his son Ed ran a small machine shop specialising in repairing mechanical equipment for the region’s oil extraction industry.
What’s the connection between geographic information systems (GIS) and renowned US consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who became famous in 1965, with the publication of his critique of US car manufacturers, Unsafe at Any Speed?