Through the 2016 PIPES Act, PHMSA is mandated to conduct a study to:
1. Identify methods using location and mapping practices or technologies to improve existing damage prevention programs and thereby reduce damages to buried infrastructure.
2. Analyze how increased use of global positioning system digital mapping technologies, predictive analytic tools, public awareness initiatives (including One Call initiatives), mobile devices and other advanced technologies could supplement existing One Call notification and damage prevention programs and reduce excavation damage incidents.
3. Identify methods to improve excavation practices or technologies to reduce pipeline damage.
4. Analyze the feasibility of a national data repository for pipeline excavation accident data that creates standardized data models for storing and sharing pipeline accident information.
5. Identify opportunities for stakeholder engagement in preventing excavation damage.
This study, to be submitted to Congress within one year, is to include recommendations that consider the technical, operational, and economic feasibility of incorporating technological improvements and practices into existing damage prevention programs.
PHMSA is engaging Common Ground Alliance members through the Technology Committee for input on this study. Stakeholders were encouraged to provide input through trade associations. Highlights on study requirements conducted at a PHMSA R&D Forum and relevant information will be captured through Working Group discussions. A review of PHMSA-funded R&D and grant projects will also be conducted and findings/recommendations will be incorporated.