Archive for September, 2015


Radiodetection RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

The RD500 is a low cost, effective yet easy to use instrument for locating and tracing buried plastic and/or concrete water pipes over distances of up to 150m/yds from the point of application. The locator works in two parts: the TransOnde Transmitter (which is fitted to a fire hydrant, meter base or tap and applies a distinctive wave signal along the pipe) and the hand-held Receiver (which traces buried pipe away from the TransOnde by using the seismic sensor in the receiver to detect the amplified signal). It gives its best performance locating a single pipe running under grass, soil or pavement with water pressure between 30 psi/2 bar and 75 psi/5 bar and adequate flow. Locating may be reduced when the pipe runs under pavement or concrete, goes into a tee or joins a larger pipe since the the TransOnde pressure wave signal gets dissipated, split or spread over a wider area. Read more about the RD500 here…

Smart Vest Could Protect Workers From Road Construction Hazards

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Construction sites in general are very dangerous places to work at, but this is even more true for roadside construction sites because you have the added danger of oncoming vehicular traffic that increases the risks exponentially. In 2013 alone, 579 fatalities in highway work-zone related incidents were recorded by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. The InZoneAlert vest that Virginia Tech researchers are creating seeks to minimize, if not altogether eliminate, these fatalities by warning both the worker and the motorist in a matter of seconds if a collision is about to occur. The latest in “smart” clothing technology (wearable items with woven-in electronic components that can provide data such as a person’s movements) makes this life-saving technology possible using short-range communication sensors and connected vehicle technology that allows cars to “talk” to one another, to roadside infrastructure, and to personal electronics such as mobile phones. The vest will be tested in real-world demonstrations involving highway-speed traffic at the Virginia Smart Road in Blacksburg. For more information on the Smart Vest technology, click on this link…

Infographic: 7 Steps of Workplace Emergency Planning

Friday, September 11th, 2015

For National Preparedness Month this September, ensure your workers and facility’s safety in the event of unexpected events (like natural disasters) by following this guide from the Disaster Planning and Response Resource Center for the 7 essential steps to developing a comprehensive workplace emergency plan. These include considering possible hazards, planning for both evacuation or shelter-in-place scenarios, communicating with emergency responders, planning for getting the business back up and running, safe cleanup and recovery and of course training and practice. Check out this link and the infographic below for more details…

7 Steps of Workplace Emergency Planning

7 Steps of Workplace Emergency Planning by Safety.BLR.com

Pennsylvania receives $2.19 million federal grant for pipeline safety

Friday, September 11th, 2015

As part of a $54 million nationwide initiative to support pipeline safety across all states, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (through their 2015 State Base Pipeline Safety Grant Program) awarded the state of Pennsylvania with a $2.19 million federal grant to fund pipeline inspections, regulations enforcement and incident investigations. Nationally, the program covers states and territories that account for 330 inspectors who are responsible for more than 80 percent of intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline mileage in the United States. Senator Bob Casey emphasized in a press release that ensuring the safety standards for pipelines and pipeline facilities is crucial not only for the oil industry in Pennsylvania and the entire country, but more importantly for protecting the health and welfare of the people of Pennsylvania. It covers reimbursement for funding that the state needs for resources including personnel and equipment, incident inspections and corrective actions. To find out more about the grant, click here…

GUIDE TO GROUND PENETRATING RADAR

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) was first used to survey the depth of a glacier in Austria in 1929 and since that time was put in the back burner. After about 20 years or so, when the U.S. Air Force set up bases in Greenland, they found out through an unfortunate series of plane crashes that the radar actually penetrates ice sheets and caused radar operators to misread the actual distance of the plane from the ground. During those times, GPR were mostly build your own instruments; and it wasn’t until the early 70’s that they became commercially available. The invention of digital signal processing at the start of the millennium initiated changes to its appearance to make it look closer to the way it does today.

GPR is used in a variety of applications and industries including concrete imaging, utility locating, road inspection, military and security, environmental, and archaeology since it is considered to be an effective geophysical method for non-destructively detecting and investigating the presence and continuity of subsurface objects.

Read more about GPR here…

Utility Locating (Underground)

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Utility locating is another location and detection method used to identify utility services underground. There are many kinds of utilities buried underground such as telephone lines, cable and TV lines, gas lines, electric lines and more. Using the right detection and location tools and method will not just save you some time but also minimize the danger involved in the underground business. For metals and other conductive materials buried beneath the ground, an electromagnetic equipment is often used. For non-conductive types such as PVC and fiberglass pipes types, Line Finders suggests the Vacuum Excavation Service as a method of choice in finding these utilities. The use of these modern technologies is recommended for underground works because maps are not 100% reliable. These machines can safely and accurately pinpoint the location of the utilities to minimize disruption. With state of the art technologies and unparalleled experience, Line Finders offers services in Utility Locating with a faster, better and safer method of excavation.

For more details about utility locating, click here…

Green infrastructure underground more than a pipe dream

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Greenhouse gas emissions from the installation of both large and small-scale underground piping infrastructure can now be significantly decreased while increasing the speed of construction and minimizing disruption aboveground– all thanks to the latest innovations in methodology known as pipe-jacking or trenchless installation. Dr. Mark Knight, executive director at the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technology (CATT) at the University of Waterloo, said the technique is becoming increasingly popular due to its environmentally friendly benefits. Based on a study he conducted for the Brazilian Congress of Trenchless Technology in 2008, he calculated that switching to trenchless installation or restorations of sewer, water main and other various piping projects could reduce carbon emissions by up to 98 per cent. Trenchless installation method involves the use of powerful hydraulic jacks to push the pipes into the ground behind a shield while excavation is taking place within the shield. This causes very little to almost no disruption aboveground, and can be completed much faster than the traditional installation method that requires the use of trenches. To learn more about this innovative method, click here…

Ground Penetrating Radar Debuts in Hawaii…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Radiodetection recently debuted their ground-penetrating radar system (the RD1000+) that has high-performance subsurface imaging for buried utilities. It is rugged, competitively priced and features ultra wide-band sensors capable of detecting a wide range of buried utilities without the expense and complexity associated with multiple frequency GPR. It can even detect non-conductive ceramic and plastic pipes and ducts (which would otherwise require tracer wire or sondes to detect using an electromagnetic locator) at depths of up to 8m / 27’ deep. Advanced DynaQ signal processing optimizes signal quality, providing image updates in real-time and superior levels of detail. Using a compactflash card together with the dedicated RD1000+ ImageView software helps document and analyze surveys easily. The modular design is made from durable weatherproof (IP66 rated) materials, and its 48 lbs weight is well-supported by a range of wheel types and accessories including hard or soft travel cases (or an optional flight case to protect the entire system during transportation). Click here, to find out more about the features of the RD1000+…

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UNDERSTANDING THE UNDERGROUND PIPE DETECTOR

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

About forty years ago, the predecessors of the modern underground pipe detector were first introduced and since then many things have changed. One of those important changes is having telecommunication cables joining utility lines underground. Some things remained unchanged, however, since the modern underground pipe locators utilize the same basic technology that their predecessors used which involves an electrical signal being injected into the pipe to find its location. The procedure seems relatively simple in interior environments, but exterior environments highlight its usefulness (e.g. you will want to locate buried pipes before a backhoe starts digging nearby).

It’s important to keep in mind that underground pipe detectors differ from its interior counterparts, such as probes and tone generators. It is designed to differentiate between the target pipe and other surrounding pipes and cables while also providing for depth estimates. It is then necessary to integrate a more powerful transmitter coupled with a more sophisticated receiver into the locator’s design considering the complexity of an external environment. To get more information about underground pipe detectors, click here…

Ten heavy equipment safety tips

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Thousands of heavy equipment-related incidents happen every year around the world. These can result to property damage, injuries and in worst case scenarios, death. Most equipment used in construction, farming, forestry, mining and other industries are big and powerful machines that are inherently dangerous and therefore command the utmost respect and care in properly handling them to avoid mishaps. Even if most of people are aware of the hazards, incidents can still happen to anyone whether they are seasoned operators or newly-trained ones. Due to this fact, some general safety rules should be diligently followed to help you with your everyday work. This includes proper training with qualified and experienced individuals on the use of the equipment, communication between those using the equipment and those working around it, making sure that all equipment are well-maintained and everyone onsite is wearing standard safety gear, and practicing common sense in avoiding potentially dangerous situations. Click here to read the full list of heavy equipment tips…