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Skybound: How The Future Of Underground Mapping Can Be Found In The Cloud

Land surveyors have been locating and mapping underground infrastructure to provide construction professionals and engineers with final plans and records that reflect an accurate representation of the natural and built environment. Our predecessors excavated around buried utilities, underground structures, and foundation elements to map the existing conditions. The results were plotted and depicted on plans and …

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Safety Tips For Operating Vacuum Excavators

Vacuum excavators have earned the reputation of being a safe alternative to traditional methods of exposing buried utilities in the underground construction industry. While this soft excavation method will help reduce the risk of a utility strike, there are a few safety guidelines that workers need to follow to keep themselves and the people around …

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Understanding Perception And Its Role In Workplace Violence

Perception is reality. You have probably heard that stated before, but may not have given it much thought. When incidents of violence occur, we often think, “How could a person do that?” Most of us can’t fathom the thought of killing another human, unless it’s in the context of defending ourselves or our loved ones. Part …

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Better Road Analysis With Machine Learning And Image Recognition

The City of Houston consists of approximately 15,000 lane miles that are heavily used and need regular repairs. Like other major metropolitan areas, a significant part of their budget is dedicated to the maintenance and management of their roadways. In the past, the city relied on a Street Surface Assessment Vehicle (SSAV) to inspect and …

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Bringing Natural Safety To The Edge With Smart Metering

When utilities deliver natural gas, they must make safety a top priority. Advances in technology, like edge computing’s ability to deliver real-time metering data, make it possible to prevent damage and when damage is unavoidable, decrease the cost of repair and restoration. An active network leverages Internet of Things (IoT) technology to distribute intelligence and …

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Safety First: Staying Out Of Harm’s Way While Working In Traffic

Many jobs require a person to work in the roadway or on the roadside. According to OSHA statistics, 40% of roadway construction fatalities were caused by workers struck by moving vehicles and equipment. During my years of line locating, I have painted many miles of line buried beneath the road. Unlike the movie character Austin …

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Rules To Dig By, Including Best Practices For Safe Excavation

Damage prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Utility owners, excavators, locators and the One Call centers. Each has a unique responsibility that requires a trusting relationship. Hundreds of workers are killed or injured in electrical contacts every year in the U.S. Millions of dollars are paid for damages, lost time and third-party claims. At ComEd, we take …

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