Working Safely in the Vicinity of Underground Electric Lines

Each year, it’s estimated that up to 200,000 new homes are being connected to underground power supplies throughout Australia. This is especially the case in new subdivisions wherein underground power delivery is now compulsory. After all, overhead power lines are traffic and tree hazards. Motor vehicle accidents (e.g. cars hitting the poles) led to injuries, […]

What to Do If You Hit an Underground Utility?

First, stop work immediately and make sure that your crew and everyone else is safe. If a water pipe was hit, the released water might have propelled some debris. If an electrical cable was hit, perhaps someone was electrocuted or the site became electrically faulty. Serious issues often are obvious once they happen. The crew […]

How to Work Safely Near Underground Assets

Underground assets include active cables and pipes that allow flow of electricity, data, water, wastewater and petrochemicals (oil, petrol). The assets may also include abandoned or decommissioned pipes, cables and storage tanks. Whether active or not, these assets pose safety risks to the workers and people surrounding the area. It’s especially the case when working […]

Are There Excavation Hazards in Your Site?

What are the excavation hazards? Exposure to underground utilities and wastes often endanger the crew during an excavation. It’s especially the case when powerful heavy equipment hit the ground and possible subsurface infrastructure. This results to serious worker injuries (and fatalities). In addition, there will be delays in the project and possible interruptions to the […]

3 Important Construction Site Preparation Activities

What does it take to completely turn a block of land into a safe and viable construction site? In this comprehensive article we’ll discuss the important construction site preparation activities to make the area viable and safe. We’ll also discuss some insights on how to maintain construction safety and possibly speed up the progress of […]

What’s the Future of Urban Development and Construction?

The future of urban development and construction would likely evolve around sustainability and dealing with new challenges (e.g. population growth, pollution, climate change, balancing the interests of different sectors). These are perceived to be “surface” problems. However, one of the most neglected aspects is the subsurface infrastructure development. What’s happening beneath the ground could be […]

How Underground Utility Maps Evolve?

Sustainable urban development also largely depends on how underground utility maps evolve. The supporting subsurface infrastructure affects how new establishments are built. Whether the structures are placed above or beneath the ground, the exact locations of all subsurface utilities have to be accounted for. Back then underground utilities might have only consisted of water pipes. […]

How Does Hydro Excavation Work? Why Many Choose This Method?

Hydro excavation is a safe and non-destructive way to remove storm water, sludge, sewer blockages, building site waste, slurry and other wet and dry wastes. High-pressure water penetrates and loosens the soil. Then, the air vacuum lifts the waste (and gets transferred into a tank for later disposal). As a result, hydro vacuum excavation is […]

How to Locate Underground Cables & Ensure Safe Digging

How to locate underground cables? Commonly, professionals find an access point and inject an electrical signal onto the cable. Then they trace the signal’s path which thereby provides a map of the underground cable. It’s a basic technology that has been used for decades. However, the tools and methods might have evolved through the years. […]

How to Locate Underground Water Lines

How to locate underground water lines? Professionals use the electromagnetic and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to locate subsurface water pipes. They use either one (or both) depending on the soil condition and other factors. In this comprehensive article we’ll discuss each method. We’ll also mention about the importance of locating underground water lines before doing […]