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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.

  • 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).”

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.