Automated Plan Response

  • 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.

  • A tale of live cables and near death experience

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    On 4 April 2016 in the Upper Hutt District of New Zealand found that, contracters were working to remove contaminated topsoil from the site of a new residential property development.

  • Augmented reality already a reality for utilities

    PEL720 Augmented reality already a reality for utilities

    In February 2017 the Economist magazine ran an article entitled The promise of augmented reality, saying:

    “If companies ranging from giants like Microsoft and Google to newcomers like Magic Leap and Meta have their way, the next thing to leap from fiction to fact will be augmented reality (AR).”

  • Australian body’s ambitious digital earth plans

    Pel709 Australian bodys ambitious digital earth plans

    In 1998 Al Gore, then US vice president, described his vision for a digital earth, a 3D virtual representation of the earth that would provide access to vast amounts of information to help people understand the earth and its natural and human phenomena.

  • Council plans five dimensional infrastructure model

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    Ipswich Council in Queensland has an ambitious plan: to create what it describes a five dimension data model of the city that will take a 3D model of city infrastructure above and below ground and combine that with dimensions of other data and time.

  • DBYD beats meditation any day

    pel617 dbyd beats meditation any day

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

  • Dig this: dialling is dying

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    Interviewed by American Locator magazine for its June 2017 edition, PelicanCorp CEO Duane Rodgers made the point that ‘Dial Before You Dig’ is becoming something of a misnomer in this age of the Internet and smartphones.

  • Dig this! The excavator of the future

    PEL727 Dig this The excavator of the future

    Technology never stands still. The Internet is only about 20 years old. Mobile phones only about 40, and smartphones with their plethora of applications only 10 years old.

  • Dig up your front yard, virtually

    PEL802 Dig up your front yard virtually

    The mission of the US Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organisations and sponsors drawn from every facet of the underground utility industry, is to prevent damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices.

  • Digging the DIRT on damage prevention internationally

    PEL735 Digging the DIRT on damage prevention internationally

    For 14 years the US Common Ground Alliance has been gathering data on damage to underground infrastructure — and near misses — caused by excavation activities.

  • Digital transformation meets utilities

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    The latest promotional email for Australian Utility Week — to be held 29-30 November in Melbourne — has a strong focus on digital transformation. It warns: “The digital transformation roadmap is fraught with challenges,” and promises that the event will “help you with your digital transformation journey.”

  • Eye in the sky to detect diggers who fail to dial

    PEL744 Eye in the sky to detect diggers who fail to dial

    It’s nigh on impossible to catch people digging up the ground who have failed to call Dial Before You Dig and verify the location of buried infrastructure, unless of course they dig into that buried infrastructure and deprive someone of power, gas, water or telecommunications. Or worse.

  • How the Common Ground Alliance came to be

    pel610 how the common ground alliance came to be

    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.

  • In search of digital utilities

    PEL648 In search of digital utilities

    If you have any involvement in the information technology industry you will know that the idea of digital transformation is hot, along with its consequence, digital disruption.

  • In search of the digital utility

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    A few weeks ago we looked at the impact of digital transformation on utilities, noting that Australian Utility Week — to be held 29-30 November in Melbourne — would have a strong focus on digital transformation.

  • Joint Australia NZ research project to improve GPS accuracy

    PEL710 Joint Australia NZ research project to improve GPS accuracy

    Position fixing could become much more precise than the several metres accuracy provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites if a two year trial of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) being undertaken with the backing of the Australian and New Zealand Governments proves successful.

  • Legislation to protect Canada’s underground infrastructure hits a roadblock

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    Systems like Dial Before Dig are well-established in Canada but except in Ontario, there is no legislation requiring them to be used. That could change, thanks to legislation now before Parliament.

  • LinesearchbeforeUdig cuts gas pipe location requests from days to minutes

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    SGN manages the gas distribution network across Scotland and the South of England, providing gas to over 5.9 million people through 74,000 kilometres of pipes.

  • Mapping the underground from up above

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    In the US utilities that own buried infrastructure are required to precisely locate and mark the location of their infrastructure in response to requests lodged through Call 811, the equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service.

  • More than a pipeline: a piece of critical infrastructure

    PEL740 More than a pipeline a piece of critical infrastructure

    We had planned last week to take a look a the question of critical infrastructure when that topic became front and centre for New Zealanders thanks to an unknown excavator damaging a pipeline carrying aviation fuel to Auckland Airport.

  • NZ Spatial Award finalists announced

    PEL644 NZ Spatial Award finalists announced.JPG

    Finalists have been announced for the 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards. The winning companies and individuals, along with those from parallel competitions in each Australian state and territory and one among Pacific island nations, will go forward to compete in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA).

  • Of swallets, cenotes and dolines

    PEL651 Of swallets cenotes and dolines

    Do you know what a cenote is? Or a swallet? Ever heard of a doline? I hadn’t, but I’m certainly familiar with the phenomenon to which all refer, as I’m sure you are.

  • Oroville Dam, a disaster waiting to happen?

    PEL708a Oroville Dam a disaster waiting to happen

    With a height of 234.7 metres California’s Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the US and the body of water it holds back, Lake Oroville is the second largest man-made lake in California. It serves three functions: water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. It’s estimated that the floods it prevented between 1987 and 1999 avoid a damage bill that would have topped $US1.3 billion.

  • PelicanCorp CEO Duane Rodgers in print

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    American Locator is a magazine dedicated to the protection of underground infrastructure. It “gets to the heart of recent news, updates, technology and processes focusing on damage prevention in the underground utility industry”. Heading up the June 2017 issue was a lengthy interview with PelicanCorp CEO, Duane Rodgers. Here’s a summary of what Duane had to say.

  • Pennsylvania rejects stronger One Call law

    PEL647 Pennsylvania rejects stronger One Call law

    We opened last week’s column by saying: “A rather gloomy statistic is that, on average, every minute of every day somebody, somewhere in the US digging up the ground strikes an underground pipe or cable.”

  • Pipe lining: the smart thing to do

    PEL801 Pipe lining the smart thing to do

    The Water Services Association of Australia has welcomed $3m of government funding for research into the smart lining of pipes saying it has the potential to reduce the disruption caused by replacing buried pipes, and could earn export dollars for Australia.

  • Road cutter ‘collides’ with gas pipe – comes of worst

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    Ruptures of underground gas pipes in Australia are fortunately rare and those with pyrotechnic consequences rarer still.

  • Sydney to host global spatial conference

    PEL705 Sydney to host global spatial conference

    In April, Sydney will host what the organisers claim will be “one of the biggest spatial events in history” when the Locate Conference and the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) Symposium join forces for a joint event being held 3-6 April 2017at the new International Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

  • Telstra cracks down on unqualified cable locators

    PEL703a Telstra cracks down on unqualified cable locators

    Australia’s largest telco, Telstra, is cracking down on organisations that use staff without proper accreditation to locate its underground cables prior to excavating.

  • The poetry of dangerous digging

    PEL704 The poetry of dangerous digging

    It’s been a while – three years in fact - since we looked at Digging Dangers – the annual video produced in the US to highlight the often spectacularly disastrous consequences of excavating without full information on all buried infrastructure.