Trenchless Technology

DEC 2018

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conductive line isn't documented, so they aren't necessarily looking for it. We hear those types of stories all the time, which is why we invest in locating equipment and take the time to teach our team how to use it." Importance of Support and Training Just having and using a utility locator isn't enough — HDD crewmembers must understand how to use them too. According to Selvey, locator training was a concern of his before investing in his first locator. "If people don't know how to use a locator, they aren't going to use it properly, and then before you know it, the locator is just sitting on a shelf collecting dust. We didn't want that to happen, and aer consulting with our Vermeer Southeast sales representative Adam Zehr, we purchased two McLaughlin Verifier G2 utility locators a few years back. Just recently, we upgraded to the latest model — the Vermeer Verifier G3 locator built by McLaughlin." The team at Vermeer Southeast helped Bartell & Associates crewmembers learn how to use the locators, but now Selvey said his team is pretty self- sufficient at training new employees. " The McLaughlin locator is pretty easy to learn how to use, and they are accurate," he said. " When one team member is training another, he or she will show them how to hook on to a particular utility line, listen for the tone and then pothole to verify they did everything accurately. It 's usually a pretty quick process." Crowded Underground Selvey also explained another benefit of using a locator in conjunction with potholing utilities is the ability to reduce the risk of misidentifying a utility. "In a lot of the areas where we work, we'll run into utility lines being stacked on top of each other," he said. "If a crewmember isn't paying attention to everything buried in a spot, they may only expose the top utility which could lead to a utility strike or cross bore. On jobs like that, it's important for us to directly connect to each utility so we can have pinpoint accuracy of where every line is going and the approximate depths. After that, we will dig until every line is daylighted." What 's at Stake There's a lot of risks for utility contractors when it comes to accidental utility strikes — the community 's safety, employees' well -being , potential equipment damage, lost productivity, W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 45

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