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National Dig Safe Month

With the warmer weather comes the start of many construction projects, and that means being aware of what is buried under your feet!

This is why Canadians have made April National Dig Safe Month.

Every day millions of people walk, bike, jog or drive over thousands of kilometers of buried utilities without giving it a second thought. It’s not until a tragic environmental accident occurs, or a power-line is hit and an entire neighborhood loses power, that people think about these underground facilities.

Whether the projects are large scale, or simply putting up a fence, everyone is required to Click Before You Dig when doing any type of ground disturbance.

What constitutes as “ground disturbance”?

-any work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth requires that you contact a One-Call center in order to learn what utilities are buried in your dig site. Common utilities are pipelines, power-lines, natural gas lines, sewage and water lines, internet and TV lines.


Once your facilities have been located, make sure that you understand what the colours mean – check out our handy graphic below.


If you project is of a larger scale 3-D’s experienced Line Locators, Hydrovacs, and Ground Disturbance Managers will help ensure that the project is completed safely and efficiently.

Want to learn more? Give us a call -> 1-888-748-2224


3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating, Hydrovac Services and Ground Disturbance Management 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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Ground Disturbance Management

At 3-D, we know the ground disturbance process can become time consuming and overwhelming. Let us do the labor and hard work for you, while you focus on the bigger picture.

Performing beyond other buried pipeline & utility locating companies, we can facilitate and manage the ground disturbance process from beginning to end. From pre-planning, managing the One Call process, developing a customized tracking plan; to communicating with construction teams and project managers, to handling audits, legalities and ensuring compliance, we’ve got it covered.

Ground Disturbance Coordination & Supervision Service:
Facilitating and managing the entire Ground Disturbance process from start to finish for our clients and organizations.
At 3-D we:

  • Control and maintain the one call process throughout the project
  • Act as contact point and liaison between owners, reps of utilities and your construction team
  • Offer a customized Ground Disturbance tracking plan
  • Provide necessary Ground Disturbance information to the Project Manager, Construction Team and Inspection team
  • Join morning management meetings and help plan seamless future Ground Disturbance work
  • Audit the crossing agreements and ensure all legalities are in place prior to job kickoff continuing until project end
  • Witness daylighting, HDD Crossings, Open Cut crossings and backfills and capture any and all information pertaining to that job.
  • Supply an organized Ground Disturbance package that will capture all information gathered throughout this project.

Ground Disturbance Compliance Auditing Service
Industry recognizes that all stakeholders in the damage prevention process should have a governance process in place to offer guidance when conducting ground disturbance activities.
Experience has led 3-D to develop many tools helpful in improving ground disturbance performance. We offer many services that will improve ground disturbance performance including although not limited to the following:

  • Conduct audits of ground disturbance contractors, line locators, GD supervisors and activities
  • Evaluation of your current ground disturbance governance process (code of practice, safe work practice or standard)
  • Conduct compliance assessment based on current governance and implementation
  • Comparison analysis of current activities and process with industry and regulatory standards
  • Development of programs and tools to enhance and improve performance
  • Roll out and development of training specific to your governance process for your workers, managers and contractors
  • Development of an implementation audit process according to the preferred governance model and client ground disturbance program
  • Offer compliance assessment on a regular basis with predetermined KPI’s specific to your operations and continuous improvement targets
  • Facilitate training, safety presentations, or provide materials for presentation at company events

Let us have a look at your current operations, identify gaps, and assist in development of ground disturbance protocols which meet regulatory requirements as a minimum, ensure adequate training, and monitor implementation for compliance. Ensure losses are controlled and workers are protected when working on your behalf with adequate governance in place.

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3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating, Hydrovac Services and Ground Disturbance Management 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 FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn  and Instagram and stay up to date with what we are working on and all the latest news in our industry.

THE HOMEOWNER & THE ONE CALL PROCESS

We receive phone calls daily from Homeowners who we assist in understanding the process and importance of placing an AB One Call prior to their ground disturbance projects and prior to hiring 3-D to locate their underground utilities.

There are many misconceptions with placing an AB One Call. So we are here to answer  these common questions we are faced with.

Q: I called AB One Call and they aren’t going to be able to come out to locate for 1-2 weeks and I want to dig this weekend. Can’t we just hire 3-D to come and locate for us?

A: The answer is yes 3-D Can come and locate for you, although, we strongly suggest that you place an AB One Call first. This service is FREE to the public and it ensures that all the registered utilities have been accounted for by the companies themselves and reduces the liability for all parties. The utility owners have their own locators that respond for each registered utility.

 

Emergency or Priority locate requests can be placed by calling 1-800-242-3447. To make an Emergency or Priority request, you must be digging to perform a repair to correct a condition that poses an immediate threat to life, health or property – including repair of essential services such as water, power, phone or gas. 

If you require locates sooner than three full working days because your request was not placed in time, the utility owners and their locators will not likely be able to accommodate you any earlier than three full working days due to the volume of requests they are processing. Via www.abonecall.com:

 

Q: How do I know which utility companies need to respond to me?

A: On the bottom of your One Call Ticket, that you will receive, it will list all the registered utility owners for your work area. You should be contacted by a locator from each company.

 

Q: What if I haven’t heard any responses and it’s been over 3 full working days? Can I dig?

A: No. You need to have those buried facilities located. Hitting a line can be costly, as well as a danger to your own safety.

No. It is not safe to dig until all locates have been completed, or you have been provided with clearance to dig from each utility owner notified on your locate request. 

If a member of Alberta One-Call has been notified and has not contacted you within the three full working days advance notice period, or has failed to mark the locations of buried utilities as arranged, contact Alberta One-Call at 1-800-242-3447. We will contact the member to expedite a response on your behalf. Via www.abonecall.com

 

Q: Why am I being told I need to hire a secondary locating company to come out now?

A:  Alberta One Call explains it best :

Most, but not all, utility owners have registered their lines with Alberta One-Call. There may be utilities on your property that they are unaware of.

The utility owners and their locators are unable to mark:

  • Privately installed lines (e.g. power from your house to your garage).
  • Secondary lines (e.g. electrical lines past the meter).
  • Customer-owned utilities (e.g. water and sewer lines are the responsibility of the property owner past the shut-off valve at the property line).

 

The utility company does not own these lines and therefore does not have any information about their location. In some areas, some utility owners may charge to mark these lines. Via www.abonecall.com

 

This is when you can place a call to 3-D Line Locating Ltd. to come to locate for a secondary sweep of your work area for a fee.

3-D is here to help anytime for anyone that has questions or may be finding it difficult to understand the process of placing an AB One Call. We take the time to explain to homeowners this process and to avoid the liability of not placing an AB One Call prior to any ground disturbance they are planning on doing. It is a SAFE- FREE service to the general public and it should be taken advantage of first prior to contacting a secondary locating company when or if needed. By doing so it protects everyone and continues to promote a Safe Digging Culture and Awareness

More Info:

  1. Attachment- Home Owners guide to Safe Digging
  2. What are the Homeowners Responsibilities
  3. Ab One Call FAQ’s 

3-D Line Locating Ltd is a privately owned Buried Pipeline and Utility Locating, Hydrovac Services and Ground Disturbance Management 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 FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn  and Instagram and stay up to date with what we are working on and all the latest news in our industry.

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