• 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.

  • PEL817 Morning Peninsular case study

    The Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria has become the first local council in Australia to adopt PelicanCorp’s cloud based system, PermitAccess that integrates Dial Before You Dig enquires with applications for access to the road corridor to carry out excavations following the DBYD enquiry.

  • 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.

  • pel627 nulca members get a newsletter

    The National Utility Locating Contractors Association for Australia (NULCA) has partnered with publishing company Great Southern Press, publisher of the Trenchless Australasia magazine, to produce monthly e-newsletter for members. Under the new partnership, NULCA members will also have the opportunity to promote themselves to the underground asset industry by purchasing a listing in the ‘business cards’ section of the magazine.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    PelicanCorp will play a big role in the inaugural Oceania Damage Prevention Conference, to be held in Queensland at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-23 August 2018.

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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.

  • Duane Nathan winnerCGA2016

    March 10 2016 was a red letter day for Black Hills Energy’s Nebraska based State Compliance Specialist, Nathan Stewart: it was the day he won PelicanCorp’s prize draw at the Common Ground Alliance’s annual 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, held this year in Las Vegas.

  • 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.

  • pel619 pelicancorp streamlines shoalhaven water s dbyd responses

    Shoalhaven Water -- part of Shoalhaven City Council -- provides water and sewerage services to more than 100,000 customers over an area of 4531 square kilometres on the NSW South Coast. When it joined the Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) service it knew the number of enquiries for the location of its underground infrastructure would rise significantly from the average of 100 per month that it was receiving directly and processing manually.

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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.

  • pel731a pelicancorp teams up with australia s peak contractor body to help protect vital infrastructure

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

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    In March 2017 wereported on a two year trialof Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) being undertaken with the backing of the Australian and New Zealand Governmentsthat,if successful would offer position fixing much more precise than the several metres accuracy provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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    Water utilities are getting smarter in how the monitor and manage their underground pipe networks. We recently reported on how SA Water is using acoustic sensors to detect pressure surges and leaks in its Adelaide CBD water mains. Now, Melbourne Water is trialling the use of new technologies to help monitor the condition of more than 400kms of sewerage mains across Melbourne.

  • 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.

  • pel618 the asbestos problem beneath our feet

    {cslimited}ABC News reported on 27 March{/cslimited} that Australia’s water consumers –just about every one of us – face an $8 billion bill to replace some 40,000kms of water pipes made with asbestos cement that are nearing the end of their useful life.

  • PEL822 The leak revealing sounds of water

    What if you could listen to the sounds of water flowing through underground pipes to detect leaks and transient pressure surges that can stress pipes, eventually causing fractures?

  • pel611 the mystery cause of damage to underground infrastructure

    It might come as something of a surprise but, in the US at least, the main cause of damage to underground infrastructure is not failure to call the local equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service. Nor is it failure to properly locate the underground infrastructure. In fact, half of all incidents of damage occur after both those processes have been followed correctly.

  • pel623 the path to dial before you dig legislation

    In April the US Department of Transportation (DoT) introduced the Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016.

  • pel616 the real cost of gas pipeline safety features

    The US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in March issued a {cslimited}proposed set of new regulations{/cslimited} or natural gas pipelines. Reporting the move Associated Press described it as “a belated response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50.”