Locators, cable/pipe fault

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure is a priority for utility operators and contractors who excavate, drill and bore in areas where there are existing utilities.

Even so, accidental strikes of underground utility lines continue to interrupt essential services, cause millions of dollars in damage every year, result in serious injuries and sometimes loss of life.

The INNSPECTOR-07 PVC Pipe Locator is being discontinued in favor of a new version offering both depth and density indication.

The 830R/T (receiver/transmitter) system is designed to provide best performance at a high active frequency.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Digital Control Incorporated (DCI) has introduced the DigiTrak F5 locating system, the top-of-the-line model of the company’s new F Series horizontal directional drilling locating and tracking equipment.

Each F Series model incorporates DCI’s successful Eclipse tracking technologies, including DCI’s patented 3D antenna technology, target-in-the-box locating and intuitive picture-driven menus.

Staking University announces the release of its utility locator training video Locating Unlimited. This 113-minute video focuses on two concepts: how locating instruments work and how to operate locating instruments. By covering those two concepts, without dependence on a particular brand of equipment, the video is a timeless resource of information about locating pipes and cables.

Communication in the underground locating business is vital to providing accurate and timely information between one-call centers, utilities, locators and excavators. However, often even the best lines of communication can break down, whether it’s transferring data or just communications between the different stakeholders.

Use the 980 Fault System to locate faults in direct-buried, unshielded power and communications cables.

Compiled by Traci Read, Senior Editor
The Equipment Selection Guide for 2009 is here! See the specs, horsepower, and capabilities, model by model, from the industry leaders in every division of the underground construction equipment market. Download it here
Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Underground utility construction projects most often are classified as either new construction, usually to extend or upgrade services, or replacement/rehabilitation of old or failing buried infrastructure.

The new L45 tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) operates like three machines in one, combining a strong loader and backhoe with three-point implement capabilities.

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