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?
There’s an old saying “lightning never strikes twice.” A quick Google search will reveal that it's a myth: the forces of nature are random. People digging up the earth are not. There supposed to make sure they are not going to hit any buried pipes or cables. So how do you account for a contractor hitting the same pipeline in the same area twice, the second time with disastrous consequences?
Our feline friends are internet superstars: cat videos are some of the most popular on YouTube and there’s even The Internet Cat Video Festival, a national competition in the US that celebrates cat videos on the internet. Bigger, mechanical cats — Caterpillar excavators and others — also have their niche on YouTube, but it’s not necessarily something to brag about.
Subsurface utility engineering (SUE) is a rather odd term. Unlike almost every other branch of engineering it doesn't involve constructing anything, but it's an essential underpinning of a reliable Dial-Before-You-Dig service (DBYD), and much more besides.
We’ve talked often about the dangers that can be encountered when digging holes in the ground; about the importance of calling Dial Before You Dig to make sure you don’t hit a pipe or a cable; about the importance of shoring up trenches to prevent collapse; but excavating equipment can also cause just as many problems up above, as two recent incidents in Australia demonstrate.
Spookfish Limited (ASX: SFI) (“Spookfish” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (“CASA”) have issued Spookfish Aviation Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spookfish Limited, with an Air Operators Certificate (“AOC”) allowing Spookfish to operate its own fleet of specially modified aircraft for ‘hire or reward’.