In this episode of Locator TV, they sit down with Jason Vane, the owner and operator of Smart Scan Locators, to discuss the intricacies of the utility locating industry. The conversation begins with a lighthearted exchange about Jason's background, including his entry into the field in 2017 after returning from overseas travels. Jason shares how he started working with a friend in geotech drilling, which led to his interest in utility locating.

Jason describes the unconventional start to his career, leveraging contacts and learning on the job, which he advises against for newcomers. The discussion delves into the types of equipment used, such as radiodetection and VLOC systems.

The challenges faced in the industry, such as the complexities of new technologies, certification processes, and the logistics of managing a team, are highlighted. Jason emphasizes the importance of education and training within the industry to improve efficiency and safety.

The conversation also touches on the impact of recent changes in accessing utility plans, the variety of services offered by Smart Scan, and future industry trends. Notable is Jason’s experience with remote job sites, including a memorable project on the Cocos Keeling Islands, showcasing the diverse and sometimes challenging nature of utility locating work.

This episode provides a comprehensive look at the utility locating industry through the experiences and insights of a seasoned professional.