Month: June 2017

Best Practices for Conducting GPR Surveys for Utilities

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is one of the most accurate non-destructive testing methods available for utility locating and marking. You can get the most from GPR surveys by following best practices regarding target characteristics, proper survey design, correct antenna selection, and system setup. Know Your Target Characteristics Before beginning a GPR survey, carefully assess the …

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Case Study: Automated Buried Utility Mapping Cuts Cost of New Mexico Highway Project

A New Mexico highway alignment project (U.S. 82) still in the design phase has already saved taxpayers more than $500,000 by automating much of the subsurface utility engineering (SUE) field work. SUE locating crews mapped 1.2 million linear feet of underground utility lines in just eight weeks, in less time and at lower cost than …

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Damage in the Name of Prevention: Examining the Costs of Fiber Tracing Material

Selecting armored fiber optic cable for direct burial or a tracer wire element to install with your next underground build might allow you to “check the box” that your plant can be found. However, are you creating an effective system to do so for the life of the network? I ask network operators to reflect …

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Geospatial Technology Innovation is Transformative

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on spatial technology.) Innovation in spatial technology is transforming some of the world’s most important economic sectors. For example, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the world will need to spend $57 trillion on infrastructure through 2030 to keep up with global GDP growth. To …

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How RFID and GPS Technologies are Enhancing Damage Prevention

It seems as though technologies advancement is jumping forward by leaps and bounds in many areas, including the Utility Mapping Industry. There are millions of dollars of  utilities installed every day in highly congested roadways and easements. The actual construction of these facilities is getting more and more difficult, but it’s even harder to perform …

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