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, …

ENVIRONMENTAL DUE DILIGENCE

Addressing complex environmental issues like PFAS contamination, LUST sites, and soil pollution near Laundromats requires a thorough approach. Central to this approach is the necessity for accurate utility maps, which play a crucial role in addressing contamination across diverse sites. Whether tackling PFAS contamination at airports, remediating leaking underground storage tanks at gas stations, or mitigating soil pollution around Laundromats …

UA / ISSUE 96

Welcome to the June 3rd edition of Utility Alert! We’re cruising through dig season, bringing you the latest in damage prevention and utility news. Every Monday, we deliver the top stories, crucial updates, and expert insights to keep you informed and safe. Stay connected, stay vigilant—welcome to your weekly Utility Alert! Five fiber cuts near Florida’s Lion Country Safari resulted …

VHS | HOW TO HAVE ZERO UTILITY STRIKES

How to Have Zero Utility Strikes: Key Insights from an Essential Video Utility strikes are not only dangerous but also costly and disruptive. Preventing them should be a top priority for anyone involved in excavation or digging activities. Recently, I came across an informative video that outlines crucial steps to ensure safety and proper protocol in the event of a …