Dial Before You Dig QLD
In Queensland, safety and responsible excavation practices lie at the heart of South East Scanning’s operations. Recognizing the paramount significance of preventing harm to underground utilities and infrastructure during excavation endeavors, we prioritize the well-being of our team, the public, and the environment. To ensure utmost safety and adherence to best practices, we firmly uphold the “Dial Before You Dig” principle.
“Dial Before You Dig” (DBYD) remains an essential statewide service, facilitating excavation stakeholders, including contractors, builders, and property owners, by furnishing indispensable insights regarding the precise location of underground utilities and infrastructure prior to the commencement of any excavation or digging project. It constitutes a critical measure in averting accidents, injuries, and the expensive reparations stemming from inadvertent damage to underground assets.
Why is "Dial Before You Dig" Important?
Safety: In Queensland, the paramount goal of DBYD is the assurance of safety for all parties involved. Accidental harm to critical utilities such as gas lines, electrical cables, water pipes, and telecommunications infrastructure can lead to severe injuries, property damage, and even tragic fatalities. By acquiring advanced knowledge of the precise locations of these assets beforehand, we proactively steer clear of hazardous situations.
Enhanced Efficiency: In Queensland’s diverse terrain, efficiently planning excavation endeavors with the insights provided by DBYD serves as a cornerstone of our operations. It empowers us to select the safest and most efficient routes for excavation, resulting in reduced downtime and a streamlined project progression that ensures both efficiency and safety.
Cost Efficiency: Damaging underground utilities in Queensland carries substantial financial consequences. The expenses associated with repairing and replacing damaged infrastructure can be exorbitant, and those responsible may be held liable for these substantial costs. Through the acquisition of precise, reliable information via DBYD, we adeptly circumvent unnecessary expenses, preserving valuable resources.
Asset Location & Protection Specialists
You’ve likely witnessed people joyfully digging holes for sandcastles on the beach – perhaps you’ve even indulged in this pastime yourself! However, the world of mechanical excavation is a far cry from the simplicity of beachfront fun. Instead of digging into sand concealing only rocks, when you embark on mechanical excavation, you’re essentially delving into the unknown world of underground assets. These assets comprise a complex network, including water pipes, communication cables, stormwater conduits, electrical wiring, sewer lines, and fiber-optic cables.
Unlike the visible components of a sandcastle, these underground assets remain concealed from view. However, their invisibility doesn’t grant permission to dig recklessly and hope for the best. The consequences of inadvertently striking one of these critical cables or pipelines are far more severe than the temporary enjoyment of digging in the sand. The benefits of diligently identifying and utilizing underground asset locations far outweigh the risks associated with uninformed excavation.
What is mechanical excavation?
Mechanical excavation entails the utilization of substantial machinery such as trucks, excavators, and backhoes. Due to the considerable size of this equipment, the risk of inadvertently striking underground assets is more significant than one might anticipate. Typically employed for large-scale projects, the use of such machinery is predicated on the assumption that there are no concealed cables or pipelines beneath the surface. Nevertheless, in the rare event that a hidden cable exists, excavating into it could result in weeks or even months of work disruption. In such scenarios, prudence dictates that it is wiser to err on the side of caution and take preemptive measures to ensure the safety and integrity of these critical assets.
What is ground penetrating radar technology?
In Queensland, as urban and coastal development continues to thrive, the demand for underground assets to support these construction sites has risen. To mitigate the potential disruptions to these vital assets, South East Scanning employs cutting-edge ground-penetrating radar (GPR) technology to meticulously map out their precise locations, ensuring we avoid any accidental excavation into them. GPR is a recognized geophysical locating method that leverages radio waves to create comprehensive sub-surface images. What sets this method apart is its status as a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technique, which means it doesn’t alter the surface in any way before excavation, ensuring the utmost accuracy in asset detection.
At South East Scanning, we take pride in our commitment to using industry-standard equipment for all our projects, ensuring both quality and the successful completion of the job. To achieve this, we rely on Continuous Wave sensors, renowned for their unparalleled penetration depth and resolution. This technology provides us with live, real-time, and exceptionally clear 3D images, enabling us to make informed decisions and execute projects with precision and confidence.
How do we mark where the underground assets are?
To keep it simple and to make sure it was implemented with ease across the country, we use the National Colour Coding System for underground utilities.
Why you should Dial Before You Dig!
In Queensland, the construction industry inherently carries significant risks due to the nature of its work. However, there are effective measures to minimize these risks. Knowing what lies beneath the ground before commencing excavation can be the difference between avoiding potential lawsuits and safeguarding lives. By taking essential precautions, you not only ensure the safety of yourself and your team but also demonstrate compliance with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws and regulations.
Beyond the potential harm to municipal property, such as flooding streets or severing electricity cables, there’s a more immediate concern – the safety of your workers. Accidental damage to underground assets can lead to injuries when these assets burst or are inadvertently cut. Even if your team has carried out similar tasks regularly, each underground environment is unique. While two sites may seem nearly identical, they are not entirely identical. Complying with duty of care obligations is not only a responsible choice but also a means to shield your business from legal liabilities.
Beneath the surface, a complex network of assets resides, including water and sewage pipes, gas lines, internet cables, and telecommunication lines. Often, these assets interconnect with neighboring houses or, in commercial settings, an entire suburb.
One of the gravest potential consequences is a gas line rupture, which, with a single spark, can lead to a catastrophic explosion. However, this dire scenario can be entirely preventable through the utilization of underground asset location services.
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South East Scanning
Who we are
We understand that you and your team are on the clock for getting a project underway. To cater for deadlines, our responsive team of locators can provide same-day reporting to this effect to ensure that your organisation is meeting its duty of care obligations as well as allowing you to continue with the build.
The purpose of underground asset location is to minimise the chance of damaging underground services during mechanical excavation. Here at South East Scanning, we use a combination of radio-detection equipment as well as ground-penetrating radar (GPR) technology to locate water pipes, communications cables, stormwater pipes, electrical cables and conduit, sewer pipes and fibre-optic cables.
As we’ve been operating for a long time, our qualified team has worked on large-scale projects, from government departments, builders and project managers, surveyors, engineering companies as well as private homeowners and small businesses.
South-East Scanning is a provider of asset location services for the prevention of damage to underground assets. Our team of experienced locators are equipped with knowledge, experience, and industry-standard locating equipment to provide your business with utility detection works carried out in accordance with Australian Standard 5488-2013, “Classification of Subsurface Utility Information”.
For more information, contact our team today on 0473 239 781