Issued U.S. Patents:

 
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System and Method for Calculating Tolerance Zones for Utility Assets  

Method for calculating tolerance zones for utility assets includes: receiving data about a point, a line, or an area related to a location of an utility asset in a region; receiving information about said utility asset in the region from one or more databases, wherein the received information includes two or more of a type of the utility asset, a location of the utility asset, an accuracy of the location of the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the region, and a map tile accuracy; calculating a tolerance zone for said utility asset in the region based on the accuracy requirements for the utility asset and one or more of said accuracy of the location of the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the region, and the map tile accuracy; and transmitting the tolerance zone to a remote device.



US Patent 9,292,813:  System and Method for Collecting and Organizing Information Related to Utility Assets 

A method and system for collecting information related to utility assets include determining a position of an underground utility asset by a location determining device; integrating location data from a Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with the determined position of the underground utility asset to provide information about coordinates of the position of the underground utility asset; adding characteristics of the underground utility asset including a size of the underground utility asset, to the integrated data to generate one or more data records including the information about coordinates of the position of the underground utility asset; integrating landbase data with the data records for the underground utility asset; and displaying a scrolling map including the data records and a portion of the landbase data.



US Patent 8,144,058:  System and Method for Collecting and Updating Geographical Data 

A system and method for generating a geographical data transaction including information about a topography of a region and utilities within the region. The method and system include providing information about the topography of the region; receiving information from a user collecting data related to one or more utilities in the region; receiving information about time and date of the collected data; receiving information about each of the utilities; and receiving information about location of each of the utilities. The system and method further include receiving information about revisions made to the information about the map; and integrating the received information with the information about the topography of the region into a geographical data transaction.



US Patent 8,081,112: System and Method for Collecting Information Related to Utility Assets 

A method and apparatus, including software, for the development and operational use of precise utility location and utility asset management information. Field-usable data sets may be produced that meet standards of accuracy and usability that are sufficient for use by field operations personnel participating in damage prevention activities associated with ground penetrating projects (e.g., excavating, trenching, boring, driving, and tunneling) or other asset applications. Some embodiments relate to integrating utility asset data including coordinate location, and geographical information data using a consistently available and accurate coordinates reference for collecting the data and for aligning the geographical information data. Some embodiments relate to managing projects with equipment that provides real time images and the updating of the data as required with this desired accuracy.



U.S. Patent 7,978,129: System and Method for Collecting and Updating Geographical Data

A system and method for generating a GIS data transaction including information about the topography of a region and utilities within the region. The method and system include providing information about the topography of the region; receiving information about a user collecting data related to one or more utilities in the region; receiving information about time and date of the collected data; receiving information about each of the utilities; receiving information about location of each of the utilities; receiving information about the manner of collecting data; receiving information about revisions made to the information about the map; and integrating the received information with the information about the topography of the region into a GIS data transaction.

The GIS data transaction may be used to generate a precision integrated grid and the precision integrated grid may be used to identify and locate a utility in the region. The GIS data transaction may then be displayed with reference to imagery of the area in real time.



US Patent 7,920,068: Distance Correction for Damage Prevention System

A system and method for determining a distance of a utility asset from moving equipment. The invention determines a first current location of the equipment; accesses stored coordinates for a plurality of utility assets; selects an area of interest including a portion of the plurality of utility assets; identifies local utility assets in the selected area; determines a utility asset nearest to the first current position of the equipment, from the local utility assets; determines velocity and direction of the moving equipment; and determines the distance from the nearest utility asset to the second current location of the equipment responsive to the determined velocity and direction of the equipment. The invention may then generate a warning indication responsive to the determined distance.



U.S. Patent 7,834,806: Systems and Method for Utility Asset Data Collection and Management

A system and method for collecting utility location information: The system and method includes identifying a current location; identifying an utility asset and a location of the identified utility asset in a predetermined project area including the current location; associating the current location with the identified utility asset; in real time, integrating an imagery of the project area with the current location and the location of the identified utility asset to generate an image representation of the project area; in real time, displaying the representation of the project area comprising the current location, a representation of the utility asset and the location of the identified utility asset; integrating the obtained location with the GIS landbase template including the map imagery and the infrastructure to create a precision grid including the location of the utility asset the map imagery and the infrastructure; storing the verified location of the identified utility asset and data about the type and material of the identified utility asset in a first database; and managing usage and distribution of the stored precision grid utilizing the defined project criteria, rules applied to the project and data accessibility rights.



U.S. Patent 7,482,973 B2: Precision GPS Driven Utility Asset Management and Utility Damage Prevention System and Method

A method and apparatus, including software, for the development and operational use of precise utility location and utility asset management information. Field-useable data sets may be produced that meet standards of accuracy and usability that are sufficient for use by field operations personnel participating in damage prevention activities associated with ground penetrating projects (e.g., excavating, trenching, boring, driving, and tunneling) or other asset applications. Some embodiments relate to integrating utility asset data including coordinate location, and geographical information data using a consistently available and accurate coordinates reference for collecting the data and for aligning the geographical information data. Some embodiments relate to managing projects with equipment that provides real time images and the updating of the data as required with this desired accuracy.



U.S. Patent 6,956,524: Method of Dynamically Tracking a Location of One or More Selected Utilities [Modification of 6,798,379]

[Modification of 6,798,379] A method of dynamically tracking a location of one or more selected utilities: A first step involves providing a portable controller having a memory. A global positioning system (GPS) co-ordinate device and a display are coupled to the controller. A second step involves storing in the memory of the controller a series of GPS co-ordinates for the one or more selected utilities within an assigned service area of a municipality. A third step involves using the GPS co-ordinate device to dynamically provide GPS co-ordinates to the controller as positioning of the GPS co-ordinate device changes. A fourth step involves using the display to display the GPS co-ordinates of the GPS co-ordinate device on a scrolling display of GPS co-ordinates, together with the series of GPS co-ordinates for the one or more selected utilities, such that the relative position of the GPS co-ordinate device to the one or more selected utilities is always known.



U.S. Patent 6,798,379: Method of Dynamically Tracking a Location of One or More Selected Utilities

A method of dynamically tracking a location of one or more selected utilities.  A first step involves providing a portable controller having a memory. A global positioning system (GPS) co-ordinate device and a display are coupled to the controller. A second step involves storing in the memory of the controller a series of GPS co-ordinates for the one or more selected utilities within an assigned service area of a municipality. A third step involves using the GPS co-ordinate device to dynamically provide GPS co-ordinates to the controller as positioning of the GPS co-ordinate device changes. A fourth step involves using the display to display the GPS co-ordinates of the GPS co-ordinate device on a scrolling display of GPS co-ordinates, together with the series of GPS co-ordinates for the one or more selected utilities, such that the relative position of the GPS co-ordinate device to the one or more selected utilities is always known.



U.S. Patent  6,710,741: Method and Apparatus for Determining Positioning Relative to Utility Lines 

A method for determining positioning relative to utility lines. A first step involves providing a global positioning apparatus. A second step involves providing a processing unit with a display. The processing unit has stored in memory at least one geographical map depicting positioning of at least one utility line. A third step involves transferring data received from the global positioning apparatus to the processing unit and displaying on the display the positioning of the mobile machine relative to the at least one utility line on the at least one geographical map.

 
 
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Issued Canadian Patents:

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CAN 2875184: System and Method for Collecting and Updating Geographical Data

A portable device for utility data collection and data management comprising: a data collection unit receiving data about an installed utility asset; a location determining unit for providing location data of the installed utility asset; a processor coupled to the data collection unit and the location determining unit for creating a data record for the installed utility asset, the data record including information about the type and location of the installed utility asset, and information about time and date of the collected data; a transmitter for transmitting said data record to a database; a receiver for receiving a grid map based on said data record; and a display screen for displaying the location data of the installed utility asset on said grid map.

 

 CAN 2846173: System and method for integration and correlation of GIS data

A computer implemented method for calculating tolerance zones for utility assets. The method includes: receiving data about a point, a line, or an area related to a location of an utility asset in a region; receiving information about said utility asset in the region from one or more databases, wherein the received information includes two or more of a type of the utility asset, a location of the utility asset, an accuracy of the location of the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the region, and a map tile accuracy; calculating a tolerance zone for said utility asset in the region based on the accuracy requirements for the utility asset and one or more of said accuracy of the location of the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the region, and the map tile accuracy; and transmitting the tolerance zone to a remote device.




CA 2643844:  System and Method for Collecting and Updating Geographical Data 

A system and method for generating a GIS data transaction including information about a topography of a region and utilities within the region. The method and system include providing information about the topography of the region; receiving information about a user collecting data related to one or more utilities in the region; receiving information about time and date of the collected data; receiving information about each of the utilities; receiving information about location of each of the utilities; receiving information about the manner of collecting data; receiving information about revisions made to the information about the map; and integrating the received information with the information about the topography of the region into a GIS data transaction. The GIS data transaction may be used to generate a precision integrated grid and the precision integrated grid may be used to identify and locate a utility in the region. The GIS data transaction may then be displayed with reference to imagery of the area in real time.




CAN 2574595:  Precision GPS-driven Utility Asset Management and Utility Damage Prevention System and Method 

A method and apparatus, including software, for the development and operational use of precise utility location and utility asset management information. Field-usable data sets may be produced to meet standards of accuracy and usability that are sufficient for use by field operations personnel participating in damage prevention activities associated with ground penetrating projects (e.g., excavating, trenching, boring, driving, and tunneling) or other asset applications. Some embodiments relate to integrating utility asset data including coordinate location, and geographical information data using a consistently available and accurate coordinates reference for collecting the data and for aligning the geographical information data. Some embodiments relate to managing projects with equipment that provides real time images and the updating of the data as required with this desired accuracy.




CAN 2632267: Distance Correction for Damage Prevention System

A system and method for determining a distance of a utility asset from movingequipment. The invention determines a first current location of the equipment; accesses stored coordinates for a plurality of utility assets; selects an area of interest including a portion of the plurality of utility assets; identifies local utility assets in the selected area; determines a utility asset nearest to the first current position of the equipment, from the local utility assets; determines velocity and direction of the moving equipment; and determines the distance from the nearest utility asset to the second current location of the equipment responsive to the determined velocity and direction of the equipment. The invention may then generate a warning indication responsive to the determined distance.




CAN 2418157: Method of Dynamically Tracking a Location of One or More Selected Utilities

A method of dynamically tracking a location of one or more selected utilities. A first step involves providing a portable controller having a memory. A global positioning system (GPS) coordinate device and a display are coupled to thecontroller. A second step involves storing in the memory of the controller a series of GPS coordinates for the one or more selected utilities within an assigned service area of a municipality. A third step involves using the GPS coordinate device to dynamically provide GPS coordinates to the controller as positioning of the GPS coordinate device changes. A fourth step involves using the display to display the GPS coordinates of the GPS coordinate device on a scrolling display of GPS coordinates, together with the series of GPS coordinates for the one or more selected utilities, such that the relative position of the GPS coordinate device to the one or more selected utilities is always known.




CAN 2423148: Apparatus for Recording Global Positioning System Co-ordinates of Components of a Utility

An apparatus for recording global positioning system co-ordinates of components of a utility includes a portable controller having a memory and a global positioning system (GPS) co-ordinate device coupled to the controller. The GPS co-ordinate device dynamically provides GPS co-ordinates to the controller as positioning of the GPS co-ordinate device changes location. A display is associated with the controller. The display displays the GPS co-ordinates of the GPS co-ordinate device on a scrolling grid of global positioning systemco-ordinates. A utility identifier database is housed in the memory of the controller. The utility identifier database contains numerous symbols. Eachsymbol represents a particular component of a utility. An input device is coupled to the controller for selecting the symbol from the utility identifier database, which identifies the component of the utility. The controller places the selected symbol on the scrolling grid of the GPS co-ordinates and stores the symbol with GPS co-ordinates in memory for subsequent recall.

 
 

Pending Patents

US App. No. 13/758,678: System and method for distribution of utility asset data in a project area

Click before you dig. Generating a precision integration grid (PI Grid), which meets the data accuracy requirements for the selected project, based on precision and pedigree of the corresponding data sources and information related to the identified utility assets; generating a single view into data related to the identified utility assets from the plurality of different data sources from the PI Grid, wherein the single view includes the risk levels of said at least some of the utility assets; determining an associated utility company for each of the identified utility assets in the selected project area; transmitting a notification to the determined associated utility companies; and determining one or more data sources that require updating to meet precision and pedigree standards associated with the risk level required for a utility asset type, based on the precision and pedigree of the corresponding data sources and the risk levels of said at least some of the utility assets.

US Pub. No. 2014/0280277: System and method for integration and correlation of GIS data

A computer implemented method for calculating tolerance zones for utility assets. The method includes: receiving data about a point, a line, or an area related to a location of an utility asset in a region; receiving information about said utility asset in the region from one or more databases, wherein the received information includes two or more of a type of the utility asset, a location of the utility asset, an accuracy of the location of the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the region, and a map tile accuracy; calculating a tolerance zone for said utility asset in the region based on the accuracy requirements for the utility asset and one or more of said accuracy of the location of the utility asset, accuracy requirements for the region, and the map tile accuracy; and transmitting the tolerance zone to a remote device.

 
 

 
 
 

Registered Trademarks:


BLUESTAR GPS

CLICKBEFOREYOUDIG

EARTHWORM

GaaS

GUARDIAN PROSTAR

POINTMAN

PowerGI

PROSTAR GEOCORP

PROSTAR PRECISION INTEGRATION

TRANSPARENT EARTH

 

Allowed Trademarks:


PRECISION & PEDIGREE

WHAT'S THE POINT?

 
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