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FEATURE

Our Hidden

Infrastructure
By Kevin Vine, President, multiVIEW Locates Inc.

I

n 2014, the Damage Information
Reporting Tool (DIRT) reported more than
273,000 incidents of underground utility
damage during excavations across Canada
and the United States - an increase of over
48,000 incidents from 2013. The report also
found that 17% of these events were caused
by insufficient locating practices and another
25% caused by locates not being requested.
The integrity of utility infrastructure and utility data has never been more critical; a drop in
communications for even a short period could
be catastrophic for many corporations, not to
mention the utility owner.
During the design phase of an infrastructure project, it is often difficult to get an accurate picture of subsurface utilities, which can
create unnecessary risk and liability for project stakeholders. Data provided to project
managers, engineers, and designers are frequently outdated, inaccurate, or unavailable.
Adding to the problem is the fact that, historically, there has been a lack of regulation
around collecting, recording, and managing
subsurface data.
In response to these challenges, the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
formed a committee in 1996 to create the
first national consensus standard in the
world, defining the quality of utility location and attributing information included
on plans. Known as ASCE 38-02, Guideline
for the Collection and Depiction of Existing
Subsurface Utility Data, the standard defined
the concept of subsurface utility engineering (SUE): a process for managing risk by
identifying and controlling the quality of
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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
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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
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Dig Safe, Dig Smart
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - DIRT Report
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Ontario One Call
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Our Hidden Infrastructure
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