The key for locating technicians is to remember that they are not actually in the locating business; they are in the damage prevention business. And sometimes preventing damages means throwing in the towel on a locate. Electromagnetic induction may not be the right tool for the job. The excavation may not be able to commence when the digger wants. An alternate plan may need to be made.
Damage prevention sometimes means recognizing the limits of what is possible. That is okay. It’s not a contest.
Christopher Koch is a training consultant and President of ZoneOne Locating. He is past president of Nulca and worked on both the 2009 and 2015 revisions to the Nulca Professional Competency Standard. He can be reached by email at Christopherkoch@live.com or on Twitter @kochauthor.
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