Construction safety is a crucial aspect of the industry. If safety isn’t continually practiced, there can be severe consequences. GPRS is dedicated to promoting safe construction practices, and we want to inform and educate others on how to complete a safe site excavation.
SIM or Subsurface Investigation Methodology aims to raise the quality of private subsurface investigation results by creating industry specifications. These specifications combine the requirements of experienced-based training, tested technologies, and proven application methods. The combination results in an industry standard for non-destructive investigation of underground utilities, scanning concrete, and now VPI. SIM as a standard will ensure safety, limit damage to underground and structural assets, and increase locator contractor accountability on site.
As we stated before, according to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), over the last 20 years, improperly located or unlocated subsurface utilities have caused $1.7 billion in damages and resulted in thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities.
According to the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, our drinking water systems earn a grade of “C-” while our wastewater and storm water systems are currently pulling “D” and “D+” grades, respectively. When you consider the new segments being added to a deeply complex existing grid—increasing the risk when it comes to dangerous cross bores—and the simultaneously aging segment of pipes and facilities facing deterioration, it is clear that an infrastructure investment in the replacement and repair of our nation’s water facilities and pipes is of critical importance.
It’s common for companies to purchase buildings and facilities for future business endeavors, but these buildings’ utilities are often not adequately marked. Poorly marked utilities can pose a severe hazard for facility managers, builders, and safety directors. Knowing where utilities and pipes are with certainty is an essential part of maintaining a safe facility and job site.
GPRS identifies and maps utilities and pipes through our state-of-the-art video pipe inspection equipment and our highly skilled Project Managers.
It’s common for technical industries to develop their own jargon over time. Jargon is complex industry-specific language used in a particular trade, profession, group, or field of study. Sometimes jargon can be seen as convoluted or excluding, but it’s often necessary to communicate specific technical information.
Here are some common and uncommon words and phrases that you may come across when researching or communicating about utility locating, concrete imaging, leak detection, CCTV video pipe inspection, and more. Note that these are broad definitions meant to clarify the essential meaning for an average reader.
Have you experienced water loss? Do you have a spike in your water bill? Many of our waterlines are over 200 years old, and our existing infrastructure requires extensive updates due to water loss. GPRS provides leak detection services to pinpoint these water leaks and provide private utility locating to all types of projects. The following project took place in December 2021 at a large auto manufacturing facility. They showed water loss for 11 months and had jockey pumps running continuously to keep the pressure up.
GPRS Leak Detection Specialists utilize various technologies and decades of experience to pinpoint even the quietest, most remote leaks on even the most extensive systems.
Learn The Differences Between Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) & Private Utility Locating.
The Differences Between the Levels of Service: 811, Private Locate, and SUE When embarking on an excavation is calling 811