ADOPTING THE RIGHT MINDSET

Utility locating is truly a multifaceted craft, requiring a blend of independence, adaptability, problem-solving, attention to detail, and expertise. Each fresh locate presents its own set of challenges and surprises, demanding not only the standard array of equipment but also the right attitude, awareness, an open mind, positivity, a reliable phone, and even a hefty chunk of metal. Let’s delve …

UA / ISSUE 84

We’ll be at the Utility Safety Partners 40th Anniversary & Safety Conference this week, make sure to say hi if you see us! Here’s the top 10 stories from the last week: Tupelo Embarks on Beautification: Underground Utilities to Enhance East Jackson Street: READ ๐Ÿ”— Minnesota contractors seek changes for safer digs: READ ๐Ÿ”— Underground Power Lines Work. Why Doesn’t …

SYNERGIES: LET’S COLLABORATE

In the world of excavation safety and infrastructure protection, a multifaceted approach is essential to mitigate risks and ensure the integrity of underground utilities. This article explores the intersection of collaborative efforts, information sharing, and subsurface utility engineering in fostering safer excavation practices. By combining these elements, stakeholders can enhance compliance with 811 laws, boost private locate usage, and empower …

UA / ISSUE 83

We took a day off, but Utility Alert is here now… better late than never! Austin Energy Fortifies Electrical Infrastructure: A Dual Approach to Enhance Power Delivery: READ ๐Ÿ”— A unified approach: technology trials simplified for industry 4.0 success: READ ๐Ÿ”— Metronet Expands Public Safety Investment in Michigan: READ ๐Ÿ”— Chesapeake Utilities breaks ground on safety training facility: READ ๐Ÿ”— …

BUILDING A STRONG LOCATING TEAM

Retaining staff and building your locate division is a tricky endeavor. As utility locating continues to gain prominence in the construction and infrastructure sectors, the importance of assembling a skilled and dedicated team cannot be overstated. Whether you’re a seasoned industry veteran or a burgeoning startup, attracting and retaining top talent is crucial for the success and growth of your …

STANDARDIZING DELIVERABLES

A Critical Imperative for Safety and Efficiency We’ve been onboarding a lot of new clients lately and part of my role is information gathering. During this time I take a look at their previous processes and paperwork. The huge variance in quality of reports is pretty alarming, and I thought it would be worth exploring the need for standardization in …

UA / ISSUE 82

OSHA Standard 1926.651(b)(1) states that the estimated location of utility installations, such as sewer, telephone, fuel, electric, water lines, or any other underground installations that reasonably may be expected to be encountered during excavation work, shall be determined prior to opening an excavation. Here’s the top stories from the week:   GeoCal is helping to map assets under the ground …

VHS | AA DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SUE TECH

“What’s it like to work as a Subsurface Utility Engineering SUE Tech at Control Point Associates, Inc.? A SUE Tech provides a full range of utility engineering services including private utility locating, ground penetrating radar, concrete scanning, and vacuum excavation. We solve the mystery of what is happening underground.”RECENT POSTSFeb. 28, 2024ADOPTING THE RIGHT MINDSETFeb. 26, 2024UA / ISSUE 84Feb. …

ROBOTS IN DAMAGE PREVENTION

If we’re going to meet the 50-in-5 target we’re going to need to continue to innovate in preventing damage to underground utilities. This week one of our team was at a Tesla store in LA and seen their robot Optimus and it triggered me to look at where we’re currently using robotics in damage prevention and what’s coming up next! …

UA / ISSUE 81

Lots of exciting stories this week – Exodigo’s adoption by the DOE might be the biggest one in terms of impact though! Exiciting to see mapping and AI get a push at the federal level.   Here’s why undergrounding all utilities in San Francisco is nearly impossible READ ๐Ÿ”— DOE’s Grid Overhaul Prioritizes Safety Using AI Maps of Underground Power …