GROUND BREAKING MARKETING

Lately, I’ve found myself grappling with a common challenge within the damage prevention industry: while we have a clear objective, the multitude of stakeholders involved often creates a cacophony of voices, making it challenging to effectively communicate the benefits of investing in locating and damage prevention. As someone who ponders marketing frequently, I’m particularly attuned to the complexities of navigating …

SERVING UP SAFETY

Imagine walking into a restaurant and telling the chef, “I’m hungry. Can you make me something?” Without any specifics, the chef embarks on a culinary adventure, asking numerous questions about your preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions. They ponder the ingredients available, the season, and even recall your past visits. After much deliberation and several taste tests, the chef finally serves …

UA / ISSUE 95

A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure. Abraham Lincoln Happy Memorial Day PSE&G, Harrison First Responders Conduct Gas Emergency Response Exercise:READ “GPR to Enable Autonomous Excavation” – RodRadar Exec’s Construction Tech Forecast: READ Construction of Geo-Exchange System to Begin in June: READ What is Underground Utility Construction: WATCH Here’s why locators are not first responders! …

VHS | WHAT IS UNDERGROUND UTILITY CONSTRUCTION?

Check out this video from Jason Schroeder, in it he provides a comprehensive overview of underground utility construction, detailing the processes, essential tips, and lean methodologies for successful project execution. It begins by defining underground utility construction, which includes installing, repairing, or upgrading essential services like water supply, wastewater collection, stormwater drainage, natural gas distribution, telecommunications, and electricity distribution. The …

HERE’S WHY LOCATORS ARE NOT FIRST RESPONDERS

This article is in response to my first article on this, entitled “Are Utility Locators First Responders?“. In the comments Seth C. Slifer, CSP noted that the Dept. of Homeland has a very specific definition of a first responder and upon further investigation they also have a definition for an emergency response providers. I probably conflated the two in my …

UA / ISSUE 94

Welcome to Utility Alert, your weekly news roundup dedicated to the latest in damage prevention and utility industry news. Each week, we bring you essential updates, expert insights, and key developments to keep you informed and ahead in the fields of damage prevention and utilities. Stay tuned to ensure you’re always up-to-date with the trends and innovations shaping our industry. Sinkhole …

VHS | LOCATOR TV W/ JASON VANE

In this episode of Locator TV, they sit down with Jason Vane, the owner and operator of Smart Scan Locators, to discuss the intricacies of the utility locating industry. The conversation begins with a lighthearted exchange about Jason’s background, including his entry into the field in 2017 after returning from overseas travels. Jason shares how he started working with a …

CHATGPT-4o & GOOGLE’S AI FOR DAMAGE PREVENTION

This past week has seen some big announcements from OpenAI and Google concerning new AI tools that they’re launching. I’ve discussed AI a number of times before and I’ll keep bringing it up because it’s the direction that technolgy is heading and thus the direction we as an industry will follow. As technology evolves, so do the tools at our …

HARNESSING TRANSFERABLE SKILLS FROM THE ARMY

USIC announced this week a partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve’s P3O Program where they would provide employment opportunities to veterans. I think this is a big win-win for everyone involved and I wanted to highlight it this week in my article. Every year I hear about high turnover in the industry and issues finding good staff. This seems like …

UA / ISSUE 93

Our goal should be to enhance the dependability and precision of underground utility infrastructure mapping records and associated supporting data. Underground utility safety bill advancing in Legislature READ Former Underground Utilities supervisor charged with theft from city of Emporia READ North Texas-Based EGW Utilities Acquired by St. Louis Infrastructure Services Company READ The Forgotten Piece in Damage Prevention READ How slit trenches improve …