Stream 3: Utility Location

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Stream 3: Utility Location2018-08-20T21:04:30-06:00

Stream 3: Utility Location

Achieving Standardisation and Quality through an Integrated Utility Mapping and Workforce System

Wednesday, 1:00 PM, Room B

Michael Pegam, CEO, Geolantis

For contractors, accurately pinpointing the location of buried assets is essential. Yet some operators still use manual or disjointed steps to document data in the field, leading to duplication, delays, work instruction not being followed, or unknown/unprovable spatial field accuracy. Based on real-world examples, this session presents workflows that help manage data collection, inspections and asset management and allow for optimal communication between stakeholders, consultants and employees.

DBYD Locator Certification Program: Improving the Quality of Locates in Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday, 11:00 AM, Room B

Innes Fisher, Managing Director, Utility Location Services Ltd
Paul Newman, General Manager, Dial Before You Dig
Robert Row, CEO, DBYD Certification Ltd

This session will highlight the DBYD Locator Certification Program, the long term objectives and the current status of the project to incorporate the New Zealand region into an ANZ based program, presenting the collaboration efforts to achieve standardisation across ANZ.

Dealing with and Locating Abandoned Facilities

Wednesday, 10:00 AM, Room B

Innes Fisher, Managing Director, Utility Location Services Ltd

Abandoned underground services can have a major impact on a civil project. The discovery of utilities no longer in active service and not officially located can lead to significant delays during excavation. As project crews are stood down while ownership and status of an unknown service is determined, the clock is ticking and the meter running. How should abandoned utilities be dealt with during design and pre-excavation location. When is an underground utility truly abandoned? What are the long-term implications of leaving abandoned services in the ground.

Future of Utility Location

Tuesday, 10:00 AM, Room B

Neil Costello, Executive Director, VAC Group
Ron Peterson, Independent Consultant, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC
Jemmie Wang, Partner, BizMetrix, LLC

Where is the future of utility location heading? Industry experts look forward as they discuss potential changes to all aspects of utility locating. Topics covered include equipment technology, mapping improvements and changes to the DBYD process. Join us and learn more about what we can expect to see over the next 25 years.

Gas Network Damage Prevention: Damage Prevention Showcase

Thursday, 10:00 AM, Room B

Darryl Powell, Pipeline Maintenance Supervisor, ATCO Gas Australia

ATCO Gas Australia has more than 14,000km of pipelines and 750,000 connection points. This presentation showcases an overall decrease in damages since 2008 and what ATCO believes this is attributable to.

Global Locator Summit – Utility Location: A Career of Choice

Wednesday, 3:30 PM, Damage Prevention Theater

Moderated by Innes Fisher, Managing Director, Utility Location Services Ltd

Elle Archer, Director, Accurate Instruments (NZ) Ltd
Justin Bell, Owner, Sub Surface Detection & Leak Detection NZ
Tony Festa, Director, 1300 Locate Brisbane
Hennie Le Roux, Director, Subscan (Pty) Ltd
Ron Peterson, Independent Consultant, Ron Peterson Consulting, LLC
Robert Row, CEO, DBYD Certification Ltd
Mike Sullivan, President, Canadian Common Ground Alliance

The number of infrastructure projects in the Oceania region is set to explode over the next decade, following similar international trends. With it will come an unprecedented demand for Utility Locators and specialists in allied fields such as sub-surface utility engineering and mapping (SUE/SUM). To meet that future demand we need to be thinking about building that capability from today. Join international panelists for a discussion on attracting and retaining the right people in our industry and how we need to offer school leavers and graduates career paths within utility location and the broader damage prevention industry.

How and Where to Use GPR to Improve Locates

Wednesday, 2:10 PM, Room B

Simon Ankor, Senior Trainer, Staking U Asia-Pacific

One of the most common questions we have from clients is around the use of Ground Penetrating Radar in the locating space. Is it worth having? Can you locate accurately? Are depths provided from GPR results reliable? This session will clarify the most pertinent aspects of GPR use, and expand beyond the basic use of GPR data in underground utility survey roles.

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)

Tuesday, 2:10 PM, Room B

Robert Theodore, Manager, Utilities – Construction Interface & Controls, Level Crossing Removal Authority

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is one of the first major infrastructure programs in Australia to establish a dedicated specialist utility team, within a government authority Body, to strategically manage and oversee utility assets relocation and protection. The Utilities Services Specialist Group (USSG) is involved from project inception, through design and construction – a single contact point for all matters utility-related. The Utility Services Hub, is a one-stop shop for utilities asset information, standards, negotiation, planning and expertise. It serves as a whole-of-program view allowing comprehensive utility asset and issues identification to be a catalyst for capturing utility agency requirements and incorporating these into project designs at the outset. This has revolutionised the way utility assets are managed in construction projects.

Locating the Unlocatable: Deep Non-Conductive Assets

Wednesday, 11:00 AM, Room B

Tony Festa, Director, 1300 Locate Brisbane

An increasing number of non-conductive services are being installed at previously unimaginable depths through non-traditional excavation methods. Finding these deep non-conductive utilities will pose significant challenges for Locators. The consequences of strikes on these deep assets could be major because repairs will be that much more difficult, and yet they still need to be reliably located. How can such assets be located and marked when they are often beyond the reach of traditional locate technology, and how do we explain to clients the increased costs of more complicated locating approaches.