PelicanCorp

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    PelicanCorp has formed a strategic alliance with Australia’s Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) under which they will strive jointly to promote best practice in infrastructure construction through communication and by seeking to influence policy and management practices for civil construction.

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    The June 2017 edition of American Locator magazine carried a lengthy interview with PelicanCorp CEO Duane Rodgers in which he drew attention to a scheme in Canada under which contractors can gain permission from a utility to commence work without waiting for information on any buried infrastructure, if they employ digging practices considered safe.

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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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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    The UK has a useful player in the ongoing battle to prevent damage to underground infrastructure by the many organisations that dig up its roads and pavements.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PEL649 PelicanCorps UK JV LinesearchbeforeUdig scores NJUG award

    PelicanCorp’s UK joint venture,LinesearchbeforeUdig, has won the 2016 National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) award in the ‘Avoid Damage to Underground Assets’ category for increasing the accessibility and visibility of utility assets through a single portal.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

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    Sixty-three hopeful entrants lined up for the announcement of winners in the 12 categories of the third New Zealand Spatial Excellence awards on 16 November, almost twice the number of entries in 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • PEL640 Planet Underground TV debuts

    A few weeks ago we reported on plans in the US to publish a regular video magazine for all involved in excavation around utility infrastructure: Planet Underground TV, with the strapline “reducing damage one viewer at a time”.  The first edition is now out. How does it look?

  • 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”.

  • pel637 queensland urban utilities scores a gong for buried infrastructure visualisation

    In February this year, IT news website iTNews, reported that Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) CIO Nina Du Thaler’s geospatial integration project, Q-Hub, has beaten larger initiatives to the finish line to see her named Utilities/Media CIO of the year in its annual awards.

  • pel634 pelicancorp aims for the pinnacle of spatial industry awards

    For organisations and individuals working in the surveying and spatial information industries in the Asia-Pacific region, the pinnacle of peer recognition is an Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (APSEA). These are the only awards in the region that combine recognition of both individuals and organisations engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry.

  • pel635 planet undergroundtv reducing damage one viewer at a time

    Planet Underground TV is an interesting and worthwhile initiative in the US designed, as its catchline suggests, to use the power of video to reduce damage to underground infrastructure.

  • pel633 pelicancorp participates in canadian cga symposium

    The Canadian Common Ground Alliance’s annual Damage Prevention Symposium is coming up in October, and PelicanCorp will be well represented: as speaker, exhibitor and sponsor.

  • pel629 pelicancorp ticketaccess automates city of charles sturt s dbyd responses

    The City of Charles Sturt (CCS) in the western suburbs of Adelaide owns around 500kms of underground assets including stormwater and recycled water supply networks. Enquiries relayed by Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) from contractors wanting to dig near those networks were running at around 600 per month, and growing by about 10 percent each month.

  • 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.