CGA’s Fifth Annual Technology Report Identifies Emerging Damage Prevention Technologies, Urges Industry to Increase Investments and Integration

July 27, 2022


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WASHINGTON (July 27, 2022) – Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national nonprofit trade association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, today published its fifth annual Technology Report, “Technology Advancements and Gaps in Underground Safety 2022,” which serves as a record of progress in technology for the damage prevention industry, as well as a source of inspiration for new applications of existing technologies and the development of new technologies.

Produced by CGA’s Technology Committee, the 2022 Technology Report seeks to raise the level of industry knowledge by sharing emerging technologies that address persistent challenges in the damage prevention system. The report details case studies of damage prevention technologies submitted by stakeholders, the barriers to the widespread adoption of new technologies and the opportunities for technology development across the damage prevention process.

With the 2022 Technology Report, CGA is also launching a new searchable Technology Hub that will provide stakeholders with easy access to all damage prevention technology case studies, including the ability to filter by stakeholder group and technology. The CGA Technology Hub also features a collection form for the easy submission of new case studies and will continue to be updated as additional studies are approved for publication.

“The technology case studies highlighted in this year’s report are just some examples of the innovations being adopted by our industry, which showcase how effective and efficient the damage prevention process can be with strong industry buy-in,” said Nick Starke, CGA Technology Committee co-chair. “As damage prevention stakeholders, we have to prioritize technology investment and view innovation as a key pathway to our goal of zero damages.”

The case studies featured in the 2022 Technology Report are industry-submitted examples of technologies that are improving inefficiencies and/or a preview of what is being developed to address persistent challenges along the damage prevention process.

  • 811 Spotter – Streamlines the 811 Ticketing Process for Excavators
  • KCI Technologies – ProStar PointMan Solution
  • Peoples Gas / North Shore Gas – Ultra-High Frequency EM Safety Sweep and its Effect on Damage Prevention
  • Exodigo, Inc. – Introducing Non-Intrusive Subsurface Mapping
  • ULC Technologies – Improving Underground Locating and Surveying Using a Robotic Vehicle
  • Alliance Water Resources, Inc., of Columbia, MO / Public Water Supply District #6 of Clay County, MO – QGIS Water Mains and Services Mapping
  • Skipper NDT – Drone Enabled High Precision Magnetic Mapping Technology for Buried Pipelines
  • Hammerhead – SAME PATH Trenchless Technology

“More widespread adoption of proven, leading-edge technologies, along with improved integration and data-sharing among damage prevention stakeholders, are critical to addressing the persistent challenges in our industry that are contributing to rising damages to buried infrastructure,” said Sarah K. Magruder Lyle, president and CEO of CGA. “We truly appreciate the hard work and commitment of CGA’s Technology Committee in writing this Report to help the industry better utilize new and emerging technologies.”

The complete “Technology Advancements and Gaps in Underground Safety 2022” report is available for download at, and stakeholders interested in making contributions to the annual report are encouraged to complete the short survey available at

 About CGA

CGA is a member-driven association of more than 1,800 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA is the preeminent source of damage prevention data and information in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web at

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KCI Technologies – ProStar PointMan Solution

KCI adopted PointMan after conducting research into acquiring a system designed to effectively capture field sketches. Typically, field notes were either hand-drawn or CAD sketches, all based on visual field references. Best practices in Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) enables users to capture accurate GNSS locations and be able to capture accuracy and position metadata. The use of the custom data dictionary real-time data collection allows for quicker and reliable data capture as well as faster, more accurate record keeping, and helps clients reduce costs while giving a reliable data set with the ability to look through previous projects and compare data.
  • ProStar and KCI implemented a modern cloud and mobile utility mapping solution to improve the collection, storage, and visualization of survey-grade utility location information, and to provide a real-time automated bi-directional exchange of data between the field data collection devices and KCI’s existing GIS and CAD.
  • The ProStar Solution consists of two tightly integrated software products – a desktop application called PointMan® that is on the cloud and used to manage and display the data, and a mobile data collection and display application.
  • KCI’s field validation showed two main areas of improvement and efficiency: geospatial improvements including accuracy of one call data and reduction of construction delays; and cost reduction through fewer line strikes, ability to inform crews of real-time changes, and more.
  • PointMan has increased KCI’s field productivity by 1.5 hours to 7.5 hours of field productivity per day, yielding a potential productivity gain of $7,800 over 6 months for each locate field crew.