dp-PRO Fall 2020

Water Infrastructure and Damage Prevention: A Global Perspective

Water Infrastructure and Damage Prevention: A Global Perspective NATURAL AND MANMADE bodies of water play a premier role in the equitable balance of human/animal/plant earthly life. Global warming has contributed to glacier melt, flooding and erosion thereby raising sea levels. Earth’s water bodies are being polluted with discarded plastic material, chemical and sewer wastewater, and …

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PATROLLER PROGRAM DRIVES IMPROVED DAMAGE PREVENTION

I am sure many readers have been tasked with reducing damages, but why is that so important? Damage to underground facilities by excavators is a safety issue for utility companies. Utility companies use several strategies aimed at reducing and, ultimately eliminating, damages. With a greater focus on proactive damage prevention, a patroller program is an …

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Damage Prevention Requires Looking Overhead as well as Underground

THERE IS AN OLD TERM I HAVE USED FOR YEARS in lecturing about fiber optics that most cable damage is called “backhoe fade.” At one seminar, a person from Bonneville Power responded that with his aerial cable plant in the western ranges, it was called “target practice.” Besides improving my lectures using his comment, it …

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Damage Prevention… the Chicago Way

The city of Chicago is a tremendous place. Founded in 1833, the “Windy City” has always been a town that leans into challenges. When a growing country needed food, Chicago built the stockyards and railyards; when a fire decimated the metropolis, Chicago invented the skyscraper to hasten redevelopment; and as the population grew, Chicago built …

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Is Your Board Planning for Excellence?

The damage prevention industry has seen tremendous positive change in its history as 811 centers have grown in influence and effectiveness because of advances in areas such as legislation, technology, and staffing. But what about the future? Are you prepared with plans that will help ensure your continued success? Consider: • Has your board developed …

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Private Utility Locating and Cross Bore Risks

It’s difficult to discuss oil and gas in a magazine that focuses on damage prevention without discussing cross bores. A cross bore is defined as the intersection of an existing underground utility or underground structure by a second utility installed using trenchless technology. New pipeline installation is happening in many states and updating aging pipeline …

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