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Is It Time to Put More Power Lines Underground?

Overhead power lines can be dangerous and one such related event (January last year, a Sydney dad got electrocuted and died because a power line fell onto his driveway) has made authorities and organisations rethink this: Is it time to put more power lines underground? After all, power lines can fall anytime especially during a […]

Why the Future is in Greater Newcastle

The Greater Newcastle will be a vibrant metropolitan city at the Hunter’s heart. The overall goal is to make Hunter the Australia’s leading regional economy and make Greater Newcastle become an entrepreneurial city with a globally competitive economy. And yes, the goal is also about making Greater Newcastle an attractive place to live in (better […]

Understanding Industrial Heritage and Safe Digging

Preserving our heritage also means preserving our identity. Without the heritage we can look back to, a huge part of ourselves will always be missing. That’s why history has always been (and should always be) a vital part of academic curricula. Understanding the past and seeing our heritage are vital in forming our identities. This […]

How to Ensure Accurate Underground Water Leak Detection?

Aside from wasting water, leaks are also destroying underground assets (e.g. supporting structures, pipe breakage, transportation systems), which is why it’s important to promptly locate the leak and do so accurately. One way to accomplish that is with the use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). It works by emitting electromagnetic radiation (in the microwave band) […]

Underground Asset Location Checklist Before Starting Excavation

A checklist can help the team become more methodical especially in complex works with irreversible effects (e.g. construction, excavation). With a documented checklist it becomes easier to spot what’s missing and perhaps identify errors later on after the work. It’s also a document that can be improved or modified depending on the job scope and […]

Are There Underground Pipes in Your Job Site?

Whether it’s an excavation or construction site, there will always be risks before, during and after the job. It’s especially the case during the job when people, materials and machinery put a huge burden to the ground. Also, the activities of the crew (e.g. using a shovel or a backhoe) may result to damages and […]

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 […]