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physical connection point for the utilities; unfortunately, connection points
can be easily hidden in urban centers
and if a tonable connection cannot be
made on any of the utilities to either
match or identify new infrastructure
then Aaron will need to call his supervisor again. Aaron starts to realize he
may need Ground Penetrating Radar,
assistance from the utility or potentially a hydrovac truck to visibly identify
the utilities.
At last, Aaron finds his connection
point. It's paramount he identifies
the lines correctly to the customer's
plant to prevent damages. Pedestrians
walk by Aaron barely noticing the
markings on the ground. One marking mistake can leave these people
not only without services but with
increased service costs. Aaron recalls
a few best practices from his ORCGA
Damage Prevention Technician, DPT®
Certification Program and his PVS Best
in Class training. He wipes the sweat
from his forehead as he confidently
identifies and marks another utility line.
Aaron finds that the access to the
plant at his next job site is locked
up. It's pretty common in the city to
have difficulty accessing plants to
connect and confirm locates, especially when conduits enter a building
below grade. Aaron places a call to
the utility company to get his needed
access, and while he waits, a PVS
colleague phones to review a couple
jobs Aaron completed recently as part
of PVS' quality assurance program.
This call happens a couple times a
month and the conversation is brief
but covers some positive feedback
and identifies some opportunities for
Aaron to improve his job efficiency
and accuracy.
Soon Aaron gets admittance to the
plant and starts unpacking his locate
set, and moments in he realizes he's
forgotten a piece of his PPE. He packs
everything back up to bring with him to
the van to retrieve his PPE. In his old
jurisdiction he may have left his equipment without worry, but he wasn't
going to take the risk in this neighborhood. Equipment costs are expensive
and Aaron is responsible for ensuring
his equipment is accounted for.

At the end of the day, Aaron packs
up his equipment and is relieved to see
he's only 15 minutes over schedule. He
sighs with satisfaction knowing he has
accurately marked all the utilities today
at his assigned sites. The excavators
will have all the information they need
to complete their projects safely. Aaron
knows the vital role he plays in keeping
excavators, the public and infrastructure safe, while ensuring Ontario's infrastructure projects keep moving.

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year providing underground locate services
to utilities, cable companies, municipalities
and residential clients. Part of the OEC
group of companies, PVS is one of several
businesses in OEC's dynamic portfolio that
participates in and serves Canada's energy
and infrastructure marketplaces. If you
have any questions or comments about
locating services in dense urban areas,
please email office@PVSlocates.com for
more information.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017

President’s Message
The History of Locates in Ontario
Walking in a Locator’s Boots
The Challenges of Private Locates
Locates Made Easy For All of Us
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - Intro
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - cover1
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - cover2
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 3
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 4
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 5
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 6
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - President’s Message
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 8
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - The History of Locates in Ontario
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 10
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 11
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 12
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - Walking in a Locator’s Boots
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 14
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 15
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 16
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 17
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 18
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - The Challenges of Private Locates
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 20
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 21
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - Locates Made Easy For All of Us
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 23
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 24
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 25
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - 26
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - cover3
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2017 - cover4
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