Day: September 26, 2017

2016 DIRT Report Estimates that Damage to Buried Utilities Cost Society at Least $1.5 Billion Last Year

Most comprehensive national report on damages to underground facilities to-date indicates that total  U.S. damages increased 20 percent from the year prior amid a rise in construction spending and activity. Common Ground Alliance (CGA) announced findings from its comprehensive 2016 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report in August. The report, which is the sum of …

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New Pipeline Coating Inspection Technology

Trenchless installation of coated pipeline segments is an attractive option for construction areas that include wetlands, congested areas, and road crossings. Trenchless installation is predominantly carried out using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), a versatile form of utility construction that has experienced enormous growth the past two decades. This technology works well for installing pipelines and …

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Geospatial Technology Innovation is Transformative (part 2)

In the first part of this series which ran in the Summer Issue, the latest advances in spatial technologies with important implications for industries such as construction and utilities were discussed. In this second part, recent applications of these technologies in these industries are presented. Mixed reality is beginning to be used in real-world construction …

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Alternate Locate Agreements: How Ontario Incentivizes Safe Excavation

Preventing damage to underground infrastructure via excavation can be very complex. For some, it’s about finding a conflict between a proposed work area and the infrastructure and then telling the operator how to dig safely around it. The industry calls this a “truck roll.” Others are able to compare their infrastructure to the proposed dig …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Lauren Harper – Yes, she Can… and Does

Meet Lauren Harper. She and her father, Terry Harper, have been working together nearly every day for about eight years, and Lauren says they make a great team. It’s not every day you meet a woman operating heavy construction equipment, but it just came naturally to Lauren. “After a few years of college, I ventured …

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Gold Shovel Standard: More Important Now than Ever Before

Damage prevention is very complex. It is an appreciation of this complexity that led me to explore and, later after being asked, to serve on the Board of Directors of Gold Shovel Standard (GSS). GSS is an evolution of a previous program started  by PG&E. A group of industry professionals, both buried asset-owners and leading …

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Hurricane Harvey: Supporting Those in Need

It has been about six weeks since millions of people were affected by Hurricane Harvey’s devastating rains and winds in Texas and Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country showed their support emotionally, physically and financially as those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath began storm cleanup efforts. 811 played a critical …

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