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According to a
recent study the
HydroVac unit
effectively replaced
the hand digging
required in a third
of the time, with
half the crew.

excavations deeper than four feet, as
shoring may be required for hand digging anything deeper than that.

PROFESSIONAL
With more than 30 members, the
HydroVac Alliance of Ontario (HVAO)
collectively solves problems and
seeks solutions to serve the industry
more effectively. HVAO members are
engaged, informed, professional hydro
excavation business owners working

together to build and serve the industry
for the long-term.
The HVAO has spearheaded consultations with various levels of governments.
The group has been involved in frank,
informed discussion about the HydroVac
business, how it works and how potential legislation will impact this industry
and infrastructure building in the future.
The HVAO is engaged to find collaborative solutions and push the industry
to higher standards.

The reality is natural gas and telecommunication stakeholders continue
to submit the majority of thousands of
damaging events, followed by electrical,
cable and water incidents. The most
common cause of events is because
"One Call Notification Practices Not
Sufficient" and "Excavation Practices
Not Sufficient". The results can be
catastrophic.

EFFICIENCY
Not only is it safer to use HydroVac
trucks to dig, they can increase the
speed of completion of projects and
are less labor intensive.
According to a recent study, the
HydroVac unit effectively replaced
the hand digging required in a third of
the time, with half the crew. The study
concluded the cost of using a mechanical shovel and backhoe was 4.1 times
greater than the identical job using a
HydroVac unit. Using that as a multiplier, the study estimated that without
HydroVac technology the cost of infrastructure development in Ontario would
increase by $360 million to $400 million
per year.
On building projects and repairs
HydroVac trucks compliment mechanical excavation by safely exposing sensitive underground infrastructure or
digging in tight quarters, where conventional methods are impractical or
the potential damage is high.
One metre on either side of a marked
utility is designated as a "no dig zone"
for mechanical equipment, so the jobs
have to be either hand dug or use hydro
excavation, regardless of the utilities
expected depth. Hydro excavation
is really the only practical option for

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
Dig Safe, Dig Smart
DIRT Report
Ontario One Call
Our Hidden Infrastructure
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - cover1
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - cover2
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 3
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 4
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 11
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Dig Safe, Dig Smart
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 13
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 14
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 15
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - DIRT Report
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 17
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Ontario One Call
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 21
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 22
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Our Hidden Infrastructure
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