VHS | LOCATING A LATERAL

The Challenges of Sewer Line Locating with Plumb Express Utility locating is a crucial task that requires precision and expertise, particularly when it comes to connecting homes to county sewer systems. A recent video featuring Plumb Express provides a compelling look into the intricacies involved in locating a sewer lateral line. Here’s a breakdown of the process, the obstacles faced, …

EXTERNAL INFLUENCES ON LOCATING

Accurately identifying the location of utility lines is one of the most crucial aspects of any construction or excavation project. Utility locating involves detecting and marking the position of underground utilities to prevent damage and ensure safety during construction. Several factors influence the accuracy of utility locating, and understanding these elements is essential for successful project outcomes. WEATHER Weather conditions …

SUMMER RESILIENCE

The summer months are particularly challenging for utility locating companies, as the peak construction and excavation season increases the risks to underground utilities and the health of workers. Creating a safe and efficient working environment for utility locators requires more than just adhering to standard practices; it demands a strategic approach to planning, communication, and worker safety, particularly in the …

UA / ISSUE 98

“Our goal should be to enhance the reliability and accuracy of mapping records and supporting data for underground utility infrastructure. By focusing on these improvements, we can ensure more precise and dependable documentation of underground utilities.” Around the AEC Industry: Underground Utilities, Layouts, Artificial Intelligence: READ The Interconnectedness of utility locating: READ Protecting Coloradans from damage to buried infrastructure: READ …

VHS | DEMYSTIFYING 811

Demystifying the 811 Utility Location System: Insights from Equipment World’s The Dirt Calling and waiting on 811 for underground utility locates can often be frustrating, especially when there are delays or missed lines. In a recent episode of Equipment World’s The Dirt series, viewers are given an in-depth look behind the scenes of the 811 system to better understand its …

THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF UTILITY LOCATING

Utility locating is a critical process that connects a wide array of industries and stakeholders, ensuring the safety, efficiency, and accuracy of excavation and construction activities. The interconnected nature of this process means that effective communication and data sharing are paramount. To optimize these operations, stakeholders such as contractors, excavators, and drain CCTV operators must have access to updated data …

UA / ISSUE 97

“Safety is not just a slogan, it’s a way of life.” Utilities workers at significant risk from pipeline danger says Linewatch: READ Environmental Due Diligence: READ Unified utility models helping engineers to trust underground data: READ Predicting a damage: READ How the Call 811 utility locator service really works: READ 6 Lessons for the Damage Prevention Industry: READ Proposed council …

VHS | UTILITY TOOLBOX SAFETY TALK

Utility Safety: A Video Breakdown This video on Utility Safety provides essential guidance on safe excavation practices to prevent accidents and ensure utility safety. Here’s a detailed summary of the video to help you understand and apply its key messages.   Introduction The video begins with a warm welcome and an introduction to the day’s topic: utility safety. The host …

LEARNING FROM THE TITANIC

I was at a friend’s house the other day, and they were reading a book about survivors’ stories from the Titanic tragedy. I couldn’t help but think about the lessons we can learn from the mistakes made back then. With a bit of googling, I found an insightful article by James B. Battles, PhD, originally written for the medical field. …

PREDICTING A DAMAGE

Predictive analytics represents a crucial application of artificial intelligence (AI) in our industry, harnessing the power of data to drive insights and optimize decision-making processes. As we delve deeper into the complexities of underground utility management, the importance of accurate and timely information cannot be overstated. The better quality data we can gather from various sources, such as historical records, …