REBRANDING DAMAGE PREVENTION

The video below by Jason Camissa on Tesla’s Cybertruck sparked a wave of imaginative possibilities for me. Elon Musk’s pursuit of a futuristic design, prompted by his son’s question, “why doesn’t the future look like the future?” –  led to groundbreaking innovations like the stainless steel exoskeleton and cutting-edge technologies such as the 48-volt system and steer-by-wire technology. But rather …

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“It takes leadership to improve safety” The power of seeing underground and the advantages for the AEC sector πŸ”— “Call Before You Dig”: Using AI and Data Science to Protect Buried Cables and Keep Construction Projects on Track πŸ”— GIS and Drones Find Common Ground in Construction πŸ”— Engaging the Public πŸ”— Story of the Utility Locator πŸ“Ί The rise …

VHS | STORY OF THE UTILITY LOCATOR

What does a Utility Locator do? How do they protect our underground utilities? Heavy Metal Learning and Planet Underground collaborated on this video to help answer those questions.In their own words; “Heavy Metal Learning is excited to partner with Planet Underground TV to share the underground construction stories of the utility locator. This episode features three veteran utility locators working …

ENGAGING THE PUBLIC

I shared a video this week with some pretty startling footage, and judging by the comments it’s a relatively common occurrence. In the video a homeowner is accosting a locator because she seems to believe he’s trespassing or is a threat. This mostly boils down to the ignorance of the general public about locating and the 811 industry as a …

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“An incident is just the tip of the iceberg, a sign of a much larger problem below the surface.” – Don Brown Live Demo at The 2023 Utility Expo Jobsite area πŸ“Ί New Digital UK Map of Underground Cables Looks to Expand πŸ”— ‘It was risky’, says mechanic who spent 3 hours in a pipe to cut metal girder πŸ”— …

VHS | BEFOREUDIG LOCATOR PERSPECTIVE

beforeUdig is the New Zealand equivalent of our 811 centers and they’ve produced this video with a locator’s perspective. It’s beneficial to learn from other places what works and what doesn’t. In their own words; “Our latest Front Runners episode is here, featuring the Locator’s Perspective while using beforeUdig services. Join the Locate Services team, as they guide us, through …

MEASURING SUCCESS IN DAMAGE PREVENTION

Excavation projects, vital for development and infrastructure, often encounter a lurking menace beneath the surface: ‘Ghost’ Utilities. These are the elusive, forgotten, or abandoned facilities that pose a substantial threat to safety and efficiency during excavation processes. The 2022 DIRT Report recorded 477 unique damages due to abandoned facilities, which isn’t a lot in view of all the other damages, …

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Another week, another conference – catch us at the Canadian Common Ground Alliance Conference this week in Quebec City! Another rubber stamp by Public Utilities Commission πŸ”— Safe Digging Month Raises Awareness Of The Dangers Of Striking Underground Pipes And Cables πŸ”— Verifying the Precise Depth of Exposed Underground Utilities πŸ“Ί The Dangers of Ghost Utilities πŸ”— Let’s talk about …

VHS | HYDROVACING HOLES

Watch as Double H Construction use their hydrovac trailer to safely dig holes for light poles. In their own words, “Follow along as we dig holes for light poles using a hydro excavation trailer.”RECENT POSTSDec. 07, 2023REBRANDING DAMAGE PREVENTIONDec. 04, 2023UA / ISSUE 74Dec. 01, 2023VHS | STORY OF THE UTILITY LOCATORNov. 30, 2023ENGAGING THE PUBLICNov. 27, 2023UA / ISSUE …

THE DANGERS OF GHOST UTILITIES

Excavation projects, vital for development and infrastructure, often encounter a lurking menace beneath the surface: ‘Ghost’ Utilities. These are the elusive, forgotten, or abandoned facilities that pose a substantial threat to safety and efficiency during excavation processes. The 2022 DIRT Report recorded 477 unique damages due to abandoned facilities, which isn’t a lot in view of all the other damages, …