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Celebrating 7 Years of Ownership!

Celebrating Our 7 Years of Ownership!

We’ve been flying through the last couple months, tackling every mountain that arrives at our door, heads down and hustling, that we actually forgot that this month has been 7 years since Michael and I became the proud new owners of 3-D Line Locating. So, now we are taking this moment to celebrate the accomplishments our 3-D Team has conquered these last several years!

Michael and I still think about the first day we walked up the stairs into our new office to meet Laurie and Dwayne as they handed the reins over. They had many great years in 3-D, running a great company, and could now rest and enjoy their time with their 12 grandchildren!!!!

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There has been an abundance of family, friends, team mates, clients and even our vendors who have helped in many ways and contributed to our success at 3-D. We have an amazing 3-D Team and, yes, we’ve had many come, many go and those we love to call our “lifers” our “3-D Family”. It is these individuals who help shape this company and show up day in and day out ready for work. Without our Team there would be nothing. Plain and Simple.

With the good comes the bad, and there have been struggles and hills to climb these past several years. It amazes us each and every day how we’ve managed to pull together and create these little miracles for us to move forward with, to become stronger as a company and in the Industry as a whole. At the time some days we’ve asked ourselves, “Why??!!” and in the end we are thankful for the struggles, for they have made us stronger, taught us lessons, and created new-found tools that help strengthen us.  We accomplished things we never thought we were capable of as a Small Business. This is what we celebrate.

Our greatest accomplishment in the last 2 years has been building and molding 3-D into a diversified service Company. A one-stop-shop for our clients. It has taken every ounce of our energy, hard work and determination to bring this to fruition and we have never been so proud.

What we’ve been up to! 3-D’s Highlights of 2016-2018:

  • Solidifying our foundation while strengthening our Quality
  • Focused on building our 3-D Team
  • Ground Disturbance Supervision & Coordination Services
  • Fine-tuned our internal processes
  • Expanded our Service areas to include B.C. and the opening of our Kamloops Office.
  • Offering Surveying and Geomatics Services
  • Hydrovac Services
  • One Call Management Services

7 years ago Michael and I had a vision. A vision to take a company which we both called home for many years previous, and create something that our employees could be proud of, our clients could be confident in, and continue building THE Family Business into something truly special that we can be proud of for the many years to come.


…and, so, at the end of the day, Michael & I would like to truly thank everyone (you all know who you are) for contributing to the success of 3-D. Be Proud!

Here’s to 24 years in business, 7 years of new ownership and one hell of a ride to come! We can’t wait!


-Lindsay Mayr



“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined efforts of every individual”

3D-logo-redesign-bup33-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction in our industry.

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Welcoming Dave Maguire!

 3-D Would like to welcome our newest Team Member!  

Dave Maguire
Senior Vice President
3-D Line Locating Ltd.

We are more than excited to have Dave Maguire join our 3-D Team as Senior Vice President. Dave joins us with many years’ experience in and around our Industry and is definitely not a stranger to many. Dave will actively manage our client accounts and assist in the growth and development of the company and it’s personnel. He is also known as one of the first gentlemen who gave Mike & Lindsay (owners of 3-D) a warm welcome and a head start to what grew to a valued work and personal relationship almost 7 years ago now.

We wanted to introduce Dave to everyone and so we asked him to share his “story” with us!

I was born in Winnipeg, Mb, October 27, 1955 and shortly after moved to Edmonton;  spending most of my youth there from 1955 to 1969. I attended Lynnwood Elementary and 2 years at Hillcrest Junior High. After moving back to Winnipeg in 1969, I later became a Fort Richmond Collegiate graduate in 1973.

I began working after one term, of Civil Technology, at Red River Community College. I began work as a rod man for a Land Survey company in 1975, progressed to a Crew Chief after 6 months and after a few years I returned to Red River Community College to obtain my Survey Technology Diploma in 1978.

Happily married in the summer of 1978 I started working for Pollock & Wright Land Surveyors in Winnipeg. In 1980, I moved over to TransCanada Pipelines and worked on construction projects as a Regional Party Chief based at station 41 in Ile-des-Chenes, Mb. Over the next 10 years I was involved in several large diameter pipeline projects throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

My wife and I resided in Regina for 2 years and had 4 beautiful children during this period. We later moved to Calgary in 1990 and I began work at TCPL’s head office as the Survey Supervisor and later moved to Manager of Drafting.

In 1996, I started Geographic Mapping Solutions Ltd. and Ted & Dave Custom Golf, where I worked a combination of pipeline survey projects, golf club manufacturing, repairs and custom fittings. In 2010, I started D. Maguire Survey Consulting Ltd. and worked for Stuart Weir as Manager of the pipeline group in Sherwood Park, AB. After a successful few years in the pipeline group, I then accepted the position of VP Utilities and worked up until August of 2016.

Early in 2017, I accepted the position of Senior VP at 3-D Line Locating Ltd. and began working in January. I currently hold the responsibilities of managing client accounts and participating in the overall growth and direction of the company.

I have been fortunate in my career to have my son and daughters work with me on various projects, along with many other people. There have been numerous relationships developed over the past 40 years that have been so important to my past and continued success.

In the end; I have been an avid sports fan all my life, participating in hockey, baseball, skiing, golf and football. I spend most of my free time lately watching these sports either live or on TV. I still participate in golfing and hope to play a few rounds this summer with my new friends and family at  3-D Line Locating Ltd.




Getting To Know 3-D

Getting To Know 3-D

Today we’ve decided to take some time and answer a lot of recent and frequent questions clients and homeowners ask us, in hopes that more and more in the industry will hear about us, and understand the full scope of what we can offer.

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“You guys only have a couple crews?”

This is one phrase that we hear sometimes and are always happy to respond by saying, we have multiple crews throughout Western Canada that are ready and can take on projects and jobs based on the availability at the time of our crews.

Over the last couple of years we have been expanding throughout Western Canada to ensure that our clients always have 3-D’s services available to them when they need it. We frequent the Provinces of NWT, Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Manitoba often and our crews never know where they will end up but are more than happy to see the many different parts of our beautiful Country.

Needless to say our customers/clients can be confident when we say we have crews available. They can expect our Crews to arrive ready to work and excited to be there for them. We have grown as a company in the last 5 years and have confidently maintained our Quality and Excellence we have been known for over the last 22 years.

“Where do you have offices/field offices?”

3-D’s Head office is located in Nisku, Alberta although we have several areas throughout Central/Northern Alberta that we are able to service as a base from; such as: Grand Prairie, Whitecourt, Airdrie, Red Deer and Drumheller.

Locating in the RockiesWe have our Kamloops Office which is located in the heart of Downtown. From Kamloops we service everything from this office across BC to the Alberta border

When called to Saskatchewan and Manitoba we work on a demobilization/mobilization plan with our client that addresses their budgetary requirements and we work with them to meet commercial terms for the work that will fit in line with their scope of work.

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“Do you have a COR? ISNetworld? Complyworks? Are you Pre-Qualified?”

3-D has maintained a COR accreditation since 2001. We would not be able to continue in our Industry today without one. It is what maintains and molds our Health & Safety Program year after year. 3-D is also an ISNetworld Subscriber, Complyworks Subscriber and holds many memberships within our Industry sector throughout the Provinces. We know how complex each Province is and the need to stay ahead of the ever changing Industry news, guidelines and requirements.

We have also completed our Quality & Procedural Manual in compliance with ISO 9001 Standard. This alone has been a large contributor for our growth capabilities and maintains compliance for more and more of our client’s requirements.

We are Pre-Qualified for a considerable number of Contractors, Companies and Clients throughout the Provinces and you may not even know it. Please contact us for more information or to receive further details.

“Are your locators certified?”

YES. Our Locate Technicians are certified. Although, Line Locating does not currently have an industry recognized designation, there are many hours of on-the-job training, classroom courses, and internal competency and training programs that 3-D runs all of our Locate Technicians through.

3-D uses various certified training providers. Many of our Locate Technicians carry one or multiple locating courses such as: Global Training Centre Ground Disturbance for Supervisors ll, Enform Buried Facilities Locator Training, and Locate Management’s Line Locating courses.

As there is no current trade designation process, 3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd recognizes and utilizes several locating courses that are available for providing adequate training for our Teams’ locating skills. This formal training in conjunction with 3-D’s in-house training, quality audits and mentoring process ensures our personnel are trained to the highest standards in the industry.

3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd.’s Locate Technicians must exhibit knowledge, understanding, and competence of several key elements pertaining to the locating industry. These competencies are recognized by many locating contractors as standard. Higher levels of each competency improve as experience grows.

We pride ourselves in the exceptional Locating Technicians that we have trained and the confidence they maintain on any job they are sent onto for our clients and customers. At 3-D we like each Locate Technician to be multi-faceted in all areas of the industry that we service. This creates ease for us to know that we can send out any crew to any job type and know they will complete their locates with ease and client satisfaction each time.

Please also visit our website to our FAQ’s that answer other questions we are frequently asked 

 “What is your experience on large scale projects?”

We are proud of our accomplishments and always share in the excitement and pride our team members feel while on projects for clients and the celebration when one comes to a completion.

We are more than happy to provide potential clients/customers and existing a detailed outline of our experience. You can also visit our website where you can find a brief detail of some that we have been a part of.   This showcases only those of larger-scale projects.

“Do you provide digital maps of your locates?”

Map Wall of FameYes we provide digital maps that are completed on-site and delivered to our clients based on their requirements. Our Locate Technicians are trained in our TurboCad Program which allows them to follow our company’s guidelines to create a consistent, high-quality digital drawing that shows clear and legible locate results every time.


Read more about our Field Generated Maps

“What safety tickets do your crews hold?”

Each field crew maintains the following certifications when working at 3-D:

3-D Line Locating Ltd. Minimum Requirements:

  • H2S Alive
  • Standard First Aid
  • TDG
  • PCST (Pipeline Construction Safety Training)

3-D Line Locating Ltd. In-House Training for the following:

  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Heat Stress/Extreme Temperatures
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Recognition and Control
  • 3-D Safety Training Orientation
  • Client- Specific Orientations
  • 3-D Line Locating Ltd. – Quality & Procedural Manual

3-D Line Locating Ltd. Safety Certifications/Scope of Work:

  • Ground Disturbance Level II Supervisor
  • Line Locating Tech 1
  • UFL Transmission Advanced Line Locating Course
  • Transmission Advanced Line Locating
  • Petroleum Advanced Line Locating
  • Utility Advanced Line Locating
  • UTV Rider Course
  • Locating Fundamentals & Advanced Locating Techniques Seminar
  • Radio detection Canada Advanced Pipe & Cable Locating Seminar
  • Bear and Wildlife Awareness Training

“Are your rates all-inclusive or hourly? What is included in your pricing?”

Depending on the project requirements 3-D can customize a rate schedule that works best for a number of variables. If the scope of work requires an all-inclusive price 3-D can provide this or if it requires items to be separated out 3-D can break-out individual costs and supply it based on an hourly rate.

It all comes down to the clients requirements and what will work best for them regarding tracking costs, minimizing administrative costs and allowing them to see what they are receiving from 3-D for the costs being charged.

3-D can include everything in our pricing to accommodate the job needs whether it’d be maps & computers, Lath, UTV’s and another specialized equipment that may be required to complete our client’s job.

From simple jobs to complex locating 3-D can provide specialized pricing for either and can accommodate smaller jobs from 1-3 hours in length as well as larger projects lasting over a number of months consecutively.

3-D has the experience managing small to large scale projects and our systems are designed to manage both efficiently.

 3D-logo-redesign-bup33-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating company. For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of the Damage Prevention industry in Western Canada. Although the industry has changed significantly over the last 20 years, we have been very fortunate to have been at the leading edge of the evolution and still maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, consistency and customer satisfaction in our industry.

Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ and stay up to date with what we are working on and all the latest news in our industry.

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