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’.
The Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) service is very easy to use and straightforward but that hasn’t stopped a number of organisations offering training in how to use it. Here’s a sample of what’s on offer and why you might want to use them. In reality they cover much more than the service itself – information that it’s important to have if you plan to dig up the street.
You’ve probably never heard of Harry F McGrew, but he’s in the Guinness Book of World Records, for surviving a higher voltage electric shock than any other human being, 340,000 volts to be precise.
Ever wondered how Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) came into being? Well wonder no more. The organisation turned 21 in 2011 and produced a short five-minute video retrospective to commemorate the event. You can watch it on YouTube, here.
It’s an interesting partnership, in the US, but all the players are very active in the Australian market, so who knows…
Dial Before You Dig Technologies, a joint venture of DBYD (Dial Before You Dig) and PelicanCorp, has launched a cloud-based service, PermitPA, developed by PelicanCorp, the company operating the DBYD (Dial Before You Dig) service, that greatly simplifies and streamlines the process by which contractors request from councils permission to dig up roadways and under which councils grant this permission.
Goodness knows how they arrived at the figure, but according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), there are more than 19 million miles — that’s more than 30 million kilometres — of pipes and cables buried beneath the surface of the earth, transporting oil and gas, water and sewerage, and electrical and telecommunications services to homes, schools and businesses.
30,000 homes and businesses were left without power in Sydney on September 10 when workers cut a major power cable feeding an electricity substation.
The Federal Government is expected to launch in February 2016 a database that will eventually contain information on every property in Australia, and much more, in standardised form and freely accessible.
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.
Safe Work Australia has revised its Excavation Code of Practice. 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.
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.
Back 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 PelicanCorp.
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…
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."
Dowsing is the practice of locating underground water and other objects, traditionally by walking across the ground holding a forked hazel branch, but in today’s high-tech age more modern materials are often used.
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.
Spookfish Limited (ASX: SFI) (“Spookfish” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that a leading software company has entered into an evaluation agreement with Spookfish to enable it to review the Company’s technology and evaluate the merits of entering into a commercial agreement.