2022 DIRT Report

2022 DIRT Report

CGA and its Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee uses the data submitted to DIRT to produce DIRT Annual Reports, on-line interactive dashboards, and supplemental reports and tools providing a comprehensive accounting and analysis of excavation-related damages (and near miss events) to buried infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada.
Click here to access these materials: https://cga-dirt.com/annual/.

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ProStar CEO Featured in Geospatial World

ProStar CEO Featured in Geospatial World

Infrastructure Spending, Technology Adoption will Revive AEC Industry

Geospatial World Interviews Page Tucker, CEO and Founder of ProStar about how the impact of COVID-19 is being felt in both above and below the surface infrastructure. Budgetary cuts, physical distancing and remote communication are among the biggest challenges faced by the AEC industry. However, the slowdown hasn’t prevented governments from accelerating investments in infrastructure, and the industry has begun to transform digitally to adapt to the new normal.

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New Report Released – 2019 DIRT Report

New Report Released – 2019 DIRT Report

The CGA along with their Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee published the only comprehensive accounting and analysis of damages to buried infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada. The DIRT Annual Report is based on data entered into the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) for a given year and is published in written form and as an interactive dashboard. The latest report included analysis of over 500,000 damages and near-miss events. The CGA also publishes supplemental reports that provide analysis on subsets of the entire data set. This allows for identification of unique characteristics and more targeted damage prevention improvement opportunities.

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Upcoming Horseman in the Subsurface Utility Mapping

Upcoming Horseman in the Subsurface Utility Mapping

By Pulkit Chaudhary
Daily tons of utility location data is produced all across the globe but its effective management is among the biggest challenge that stakeholders continue to face.

“In the United States and throughout the world, government agencies are looking for a system that can serve as a centralized database which can take all of this data that’s currently available and manage it on one single platform and then provide the ability to share that data whenever its needed by the various stakeholders including whenever it is updated or when any discrepancies are found,” said Mr. Page Tucker, CEO ProStar Geocorp, Inc., during a recent discussion with Geospatial Media and Communications.

Several initiatives have been witnessed especially in developed economies such as the U.S., U.K, Singapore, and the Netherlands where they are developing a central platform to collate and visualize the subsurface utility infrastructure. One such data management initiative is that of the Colorado Department of Transport (CDOT). 

CDOT is among the few transport organizations all across the globe that is providing Quality Level B information of the subsurface utility infrastructure to its construction contractors in the bidding stage of any new construction project. Using Prostar’s Pointman and Transparent Earth solutions, they are digitizing results obtained during SUM operation and also ensuring that if a new subsurface infrastructure is being built, its as-builds are also being uploaded on the SaaS platform.

Mr. Page’s comments on the same were: “So in working with CDOT our goal was to create a system that can improve the current management practices of all their assets both above ground and below ground as well as other utility owners that place their assets on CDOT’s right of ways. The system would also be required to integrate into their current systems of record and also into the systems of record of the stakeholders that have assets on CDOT’s right-of-way and that provide services. This includes all the municipalities, utility owners, the pipeline companies as well Colorado 811 and the service contractors. As our population growth continues and demand for new utilities increases, their right of ways are becoming congested. An example is telecom networks such as fiber optic, which are being put into the ground at a very significant rate and required to cross over current utility networks. CDOT implemented our solution so that they can identify precisely where the current assets are located on their right of way and where these new installations are being placed so that they can improve all the business practices associated to the management of this infrastructure as well as prevent damages to it that occur far too often.

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ProStar CEO Presents at Mapping the Underground Event

ProStar CEO Presents at Mapping the Underground Event

In his encore presentation for ConnectMii’s Mapping the Underground event, Page Tucker, CEO, ProStar, discusses how the vast network of roads, highways, and bridges that spans our nation is aging and in serious need of replacement and expansion. In the United States alone, approximately 2.5 million miles of paved roads and highways are relied on daily to support the nation’s commerce and commuting demands. What you may not know is there is also a vast subsurface network that we cannot see and is far greater in size – It is estimated that there are over 30 million miles of buried utilities that provide our vital resources including water, electricity, gas and telecommunications. As concerns arise over the safety and reliability of the surface infrastructure, the subsurface infrastructure should share equal concern. Every time repair, replacement,or expansion occurs on the surface systems, we risk damaging what lies below. In fact, every minute of every working day, a utility is severely damaged. To address this growing concern, state agencies, utility owners, and construction companies are turning to modern geospatial and mapping technologies. During this session we will explore how new technology is being implemented in Colorado to address the growing concerns associated to what lies below.  Watch the full presentation below!

CDOT Shares Their Success Story

CDOT Shares Their Success Story

Rob Martindale, PLS – Utilities Program Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), discusses how C.R.S. 9-1.5-101 (811 Law) impacts management of utility data, including 5G facilities, within State Highway Right-of-Ways. In particular, he discusses how permitted utilities are leveraging a new cloud and mobile utility mapping system and how it enables CDOT to efficiently gather as-built locations about infrastructure installed within the State’s Right-of-Way.

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