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Jul. 12, 2024

VHS | FUZIONVIEW

Enhancing Underground Utility Mapping: The Journey of FuzionView In 2017, Gopher State One Call (GSOC) reached out to the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) of the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council to
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Jul. 11, 2024

BUFFETING

I was reading through some Berkshire Hathaway Letter to Shareholders the other day (don’t ask) and I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I did this for my stakeholders?! Better
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Jul. 08, 2024

UA / ISSUE 101

Hope you guys are fully rested and recovered after the holiday weekend! Here’s the latest damage prevention news to help bring you back up to speed: Underground water and sewer
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Jul. 05, 2024

VHS | GAS EXPLOSION

This happened just a few miles from Daryl’s house in Ireland! Pretty scary. The incident occurred during some roadworks when a gas main was struck. Here’s an extra shot for
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Jul. 04, 2024

4 THINGS THE US IS DOING RIGHT

When we talk about infrastructure, the conversation often revolves around what needs fixing. But in the spirit of Independence Day, let’s flip the script and focus on the positives –
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Jul. 03, 2024

ARE PENALTIES ENOUGH?

Last Friday, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird announced a settlement with MidAmerican, Mediacom, and CenturyLink over violations of Iowa’s One Call law. The One Call law, crucial for the safety
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Jul. 01, 2024

UA / ISSUE 100

Welcome to our 100th issue of Utility Alert and happy Canada Day to all our Canadian followers Here’s the latest damage prevention news: Iowa Utilities Board approves Summit carbon capture
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Jun. 28, 2024

VHS | PRECISION EXCAVATION

In this detailed video, viewers are guided through the meticulous process of using a vacuum excavation and pressure washing to expose a buried water line and fiber duct. The host
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Jun. 27, 2024

CRAZY STORIES FROM UTILITY LOCATORS

Working in the field of locating utilities can be a thankless job, fraught with challenges, and sometimes, sheer absurdities. I was reading through 2 different Reddit threads (1, 2) where
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Jun. 24, 2024

UA / ISSUE 99

We’re headed to Lexington, KY right now for the the KY811 Damage Prevention Summit. These summits are always a mix of fun conversations with old friends and opportunities to connect
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Jun. 21, 2024

VHS | LOCATING A LATERAL

The Challenges of Sewer Line Locating with Plumb Express Utility locating is a crucial task that requires precision and expertise, particularly when it comes to connecting homes to county sewer
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Jun. 20, 2024

EXTERNAL INFLUENCES ON LOCATING

Accurately identifying the location of utility lines is one of the most crucial aspects of any construction or excavation project. Utility locating involves detecting and marking the position of underground
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Jun. 19, 2024

SUMMER RESILIENCE

The summer months are particularly challenging for utility locating companies, as the peak construction and excavation season increases the risks to underground utilities and the health of workers. Creating a
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Jun. 17, 2024

UA / ISSUE 98

“Our goal should be to enhance the reliability and accuracy of mapping records and supporting data for underground utility infrastructure. By focusing on these improvements, we can ensure more precise
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Jun. 14, 2024

VHS | DEMYSTIFYING 811

Demystifying the 811 Utility Location System: Insights from Equipment World’s The Dirt Calling and waiting on 811 for underground utility locates can often be frustrating, especially when there are delays
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Jun. 13, 2024

THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF UTILITY LOCATING

Utility locating is a critical process that connects a wide array of industries and stakeholders, ensuring the safety, efficiency, and accuracy of excavation and construction activities. The interconnected nature of
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Jun. 10, 2024

UA / ISSUE 97

“Safety is not just a slogan, it’s a way of life.” Utilities workers at significant risk from pipeline danger says Linewatch: READ Environmental Due Diligence: READ Unified utility models helping
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Jun. 07, 2024

VHS | UTILITY TOOLBOX SAFETY TALK

Utility Safety: A Video Breakdown This video on Utility Safety provides essential guidance on safe excavation practices to prevent accidents and ensure utility safety. Here’s a detailed summary of the
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Jun. 06, 2024

LEARNING FROM THE TITANIC

I was at a friend’s house the other day, and they were reading a book about survivors’ stories from the Titanic tragedy. I couldn’t help but think about the lessons
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Jun. 05, 2024

PREDICTING A DAMAGE

Predictive analytics represents a crucial application of artificial intelligence (AI) in our industry, harnessing the power of data to drive insights and optimize decision-making processes. As we delve deeper into

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