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  • 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.

  • April is National Safe Digging Month

    PEL723 April is National Safe Digging Month

    The US has a very vibrant community dedicated to protecting underground infrastructure from excavation damage and the highlight of its awareness raising activities in National Safe Digging Month, held each year in April, when the Call 811 organisations in each state — the equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig bodies — get together with sponsorship from infrastructure owning organisations and others to stage a wide range of community events across the country.

  • 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).”

  • Australia & New Zealand move to make government data more open

    PEL639 Australia New Zealand move to make government data more open

    Earlier this year we reported: “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.”

  • 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.

  • Australian Utility Week: what’s free and what’s not

    PEL641 Australian Utility Week

    Australian Utility Week, a conference and exhibition spanning all aspects of the utilities industry, is coming up in Sydney at the end of November. However “Utility Week” is something of a misnomer: it’s only two days, 29-30 November and it’s being held at the Australian Technology Park in the Sydney Inner West suburb of Redfern.

  • Award time for utilities

    pel630 award time for utilities

    Singapore-based Clarion Events, organiser of {cslimited} Australian Utility Week{/cslimited}, has created the Australian Utility Innovators Awards, to be held in conjunction with its two planned events in Australia later this year: Customer Focussed Utility 2016 to be held in Melbourne on 22 September and its main exhibition and conference, Australian Utility Week 2016, in Sydney on 29 and 30 November.

  • Call 811 awareness raising

    pel622 call 811 awareness raising

    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.

  • 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.”

  • Drone does mapping with survey-grade accuracy

    pel638 drone does mapping with survey grade accuracy

    Australian technology company Propeller Aero has developed a system that enables drones to produce aerial maps with what it says is “survey level accuracy”.

  • 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 about Google Earth for the Underworld?

    PEL803 How about Google Earth for the Underworld

    Google Earth is a wonderful thing. Open the app, type in the name of any location, the world will turn to that location and you can zoom in every closer, seamlessly transitioning at some point from a satellite image to a Google Street View image.

  • 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.

  • Locate16 conference and expo coming

    pel613 locate16 conference and expo coming in april

    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.

  • 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.

  • Mapping underground infrastructure: one dig at a time

    PEL646 Mapping underground infrastructure

    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.

  • 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.

  • New York contractor slapped with record $US85K fine for one-call breaches

    PEL714 New York contractor slapped with record US85K fine for one call breaches

    The New York State Public Service Commission last month issued its largest-ever penalty, $US85,000, against an excavator for violating safe digging rules.