underground infrastructure

  • 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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    In the UK the British Standards Institute earlier this year released a new standard for the recording of information on the location of underground infrastructure, and related above-ground infrastructure.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PEL732 Some important dates for Call 811

    Here’s a question for you: What links March 10 with August 11? I’d be really impressed if you can guess.

  • 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.

  • PEL812 To map underground infrastructure take to the air

    Aerial photography might seem an unlikely tool for the location and mapping of underground infrastructure, but a particular form of aerial photography from Australian company NearMap is proving to be a useful tool.

  • PEL816 When ground penetrating radar meets augmented reality

    Ground penetrating radar is a valuable tool for the location of underground infrastructure, but it has its limitations: it needs an expert operator and only provides an indication of the buried infrastructure as the device is moved over it.