Day: February 17, 2022

Should Owners Sue Designers for Negligence if Utility Conflicts Severely Damage the Project?

Utility conflicts represent a risk that should be addressed early during the design phase of the construction project life cycle. Addressing the risk of utility conflicts early, when designs are relatively simple to change, is easier and less expensive than making changes during the construction phase. Information about potential utility conflicts can be used to …

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One Call for the Design & Construction Phases. The Importance of Coordination and Communication.

DESIGNERS AND EXCAVATORS initiate the One Call process by placing a ticket through a One Call center. Most One Call centers include a special ticket to address projects that do not include excavation (i.e., a designer’s ticket). Because the planning and design phase precedes excavation activities, coordination of the utilities in a proposed project area …

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AGC Survey Tells Professional Excavators’ Story in 811 Process

Recently, AGC of America conducted an 811 underground utility safety and damage prevention process survey of heavy water/ wastewater, highway/bridge, telecom, gas transmission and distribution, and energy infrastructure contractors. The purpose of the survey is to provide an accurate accounting of the professional excavator/construction industry’s story in the 811 process and to counter erroneous conclusions …

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It’s Time for a New Approach on Tracer Wire and Telecom Locating Systems

Telecom systems (excluding fiber optic cables) don’t normally require tracers because the locate signal is applied to the conductor sheaths. However, many principles mentioned in this article still strongly apply. Tracer wire is specially designed to be buried near non-metallic pipes and cables. Some examples are fiber optic cables, poly pipe, fiber glass pipe, PVC …

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Ready, Respond, Recover – Damage Prevention Best Practices Following a Disaster

When it comes to damage prevention following a disaster, Ready, Respond, Recover is an easy way to think about what needs to be done to be successful in safe and rapid restoration. The best defense is a good offense, and the first step is always preparation. It is imperative that an electric utility have a …

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