TOP 10 THAT AREN’T UTILOCATE

I was reading an article with Tilson CTO Jason Burns about his technology stack and that inspired me to put together a list of apps and solutions which I think could help your damage prevention processes. NearMap AI Nearmap provide geospatial content as a service and their AI tool is a powerful option for providing addiotnal info on top of …

LIVE REPORT FROM THE UTILITY EXPO

I’m in Louisville, KY right now for this year’s Utility Expo. It’s great to be back amongst 19,000 of our peers and discuss damage prevention. I’ve been lucky to make some great friends within the industry and so this inaugural Shane’s Scooparticle is the product of some of the different discussions I’ve been having here at the show mixed in …

MORE REGULATIONS

Regulations for regulations sake aren’t a good thing, but I tried to come up with a lean list of regs that could amend or be added on without giving locators and excavators any more headaches. These regulations would aim to enhance communication, increase awareness, and promote responsible excavation practices. Here are some examples:   Mandatory Positive Response: Implement a requirement …

ETHICS IN LOCATING

As we harness the power AI and emerging tech, it becomes crucial to navigate the ethical dilemmas surrounding privacy, responsible data management, and community engagement. Today I’m not going to talk about ESG but instead how ethics actually I’m going to delve into the decisions we make within this industry and shed light on the path forward in utility locating …

WHO KNOWS BEST?

The utility damage prevention field is currently at a crossroads, where human expertise and cutting-edge technological tools intersect. Striking the right balance between the two is pivotal for a proactive and efficient approach. In this article, we explore the symbiotic relationship between seasoned professionals’ intuition and the role of advanced ticket management systems, like Utilocate, in enhancing utility damage prevention …

GIS + TMS = SUCCESS

The utility sector is a dynamic arena where choices have far-reaching consequences. In this context, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have emerged as invaluable tools, enabling us to enhance decision-making processes through the visualization of project data within a geospatial context. The transformative potential of GIS technology is still being under utilized, particularly in proactively preventing damages and optimizing project management. …

LET’S GET MORE PROACTIVE

As someone deeply involved in damage prevention, I cannot emphasize enough the crucial role locators play in safeguarding construction and excavation projects by identifying and marking underground utilities. To continually enhance operations and reduce damages, I think you should consider implementing some or all of the following improvements:   Technology integration: Adopt advanced technologies such as ground-penetrating radar (GPR), ticket …

OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR LOCATING

As someone deeply involved in damage prevention, I cannot emphasize enough the crucial role locators play in safeguarding construction and excavation projects by identifying and marking underground utilities. To continually enhance operations and reduce damages, I think you should consider implementing some or all of the following improvements:   Technology integration: Adopt advanced technologies such as ground-penetrating radar (GPR), ticket …

LESSONS FROM AVIATION

I was thinking the other day about how we can transfer skills between jobs and then I wondered how we could implement that mindset in damage prevention. So instead of looking down, I looked up, and started thinking about the aviation industry. Both industries are risk averse and safety is a top priority in both so I thought maybe we …

APPLE VISION PRO X DAMAGE PREVENTION?

Any time there’s a major new product launch like the Apple Vision Pro headset, I try to think of where it could be implemented into the utility and damage prevention industries. The $3500 price point may be a bit of a sticking point so it’s hard to imagine giving them to locators in the field, but maybe supervisors could have …