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Agricultural video featured on Digging Dangers 25 DELUXE Download

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By   23 days ago

Many advances in technology have led to a significant increase of tiling in recent years, which has also resulted in the increase of buried utility damages occurring in rural agricultural settings. One of these technologies is plastic drainage pipe, which can be installed at a much higher speed than the old concrete or clay tiles. […]

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New Pipeline Damage Prevention Pack

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By   92 days ago

Nearly two years ago Underground Focus posted an ‘almost finished’ version of the Power of Pipelines damage prevention video to Youtube to share with a handful of prospective sponsors. As a testament to the strength of its message, it was ‘discovered’ and went viral, having now surpassed over 100,000 hits. Despite being unfinished and watermarked, […]

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Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – Locating is not x-ray vision

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By   106 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here.   The yellow boxes in the photos above highlight the same area before and after excavation. With blue markings in the photo on the left, the locator indicated […]

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Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – The Ground Antenna Effect

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By   107 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Conductive locating sends signal along the pipe or cable but also directly into the earth. Conductively locating with low frequencies can result in bleed-off onto non-target lines, creating […]

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Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – Bleedoff

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By   114 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Although the transmitter is attached to a test wire on a steel gas main, it’s possible that the location of the main may be negatively influenced by the […]

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Grid Issues 3: Locating Unlimited – High Profile Miss-Mark

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By   114 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 3: Locating Unlimited. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. It’s normally very hard to prove a miss-mark without excavation but we’ve done it here. The 2012 aerial photo clearly shows the location of a newly constructed electric […]

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Grid Issues 2: Pipelines – Markers

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By   138 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 2: Pipelines. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. The purpose of permanent pipeline markers is to identify in a line-of-sight fashion the approximate location of pipelines in the right-of-way (ROW). The markers can be made of metal, […]

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Grid Issues 2: Pipelines – A Pipeliner’s Nightmare

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By   138 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 2: Pipelines. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that pipelines represent the safest form of transportation in the U.S. Despite their safety record, pipeline accidents such as the one pictured […]

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Phone crews hit gas line

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By   36 days ago

New Carlisle, OH-1/27/15 Phone crews were putting in a new pole and hit a gas line instead, causing a leak. The gas company responded to repair the damage and fire crews were on the scene as well.

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Worker hits gas line on school property

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By   37 days ago

Tarpon Springs, FL-1/26/15 A worker was digging on school property when he struck a 2-inch gas line. Firefighters evacuated students from the school at about 10 a.m. The gas company stopped the leak and students returned to class shortly after 11 a.m. after the building was checked for gas levels.

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Marking miscommunication leads to gas line strike

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By   41 days ago

El Cajon, California-1/22/15 A mix-up over markings led a construction crew to strike a gas line. 811 was contacted, but the markings were allegedly off by 30 feet, according to a worker. The crew was installing fiber cable to buildings nearby. Firefighters closed nearby streets around 9 a.m. while the leak was shut off. Gas […]

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Steel gas line takes nearly five hours to repair

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By   41 days ago

Lindale, GA-1/22/15 Workers were digging in front of a home and struck a steel gas line around 4 p.m. Fire officials evacuated over a dozen homes while the repairs took place. Because it was a steel line, gas crews took a long time to fix it. Residents were allowed to return to their homes almost […]

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19,000 customers affected by fiber damage

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By   41 days ago

Walla Walla County, WA-1/22/15 A major fiber line was cut by a backhoe, causing outages for thousands of phone and cell customers. 911 calls did not work, and customers with emergencies were asked to call the dispatch directly if possible. Some people were not able to connect that way either. Approximately 19,000 customers were thought […]

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Gas explosion in Delhi

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By   47 days ago

New Delhi, India-1/16/15 Work on the Metro in Delhi stopped abruptly when excavators struck a buried gas line and sparked an explosion. Firefighters responded to the blaze, but no-one was injured in the accident.

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Shopping center evacuated due to gas leak

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By   48 days ago

Franklin, TN-1/15/15 A natural gas line was struck near a shopping center, causing over 50 people to be evacuated. Contractors damaged the buried pipe near a sewer. Natural gas leaking from the pipe was found venting through the sewer into nearby buildings. Investigations continue into the validity of the markings. The HVAC contractor who struck […]

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Utility pole installation goes awry; company hits own gas line

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By   48 days ago

Bayonne, NJ-1/15/15 An energy company struck their own gas line while installing a utility pole. Service was shut off for one home after the damage happened at about 10:30 a.m. The street was closed while repairs were made. The line was expected to be fixed around 3:00 p.m.

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