Business Case and Estimated Efficiencies
UtiliSource’s broad range of services means that the company often finds itself working in the same areas again and again, so having its own highly accurate GIS maps of the location and depth of buried utilities would allow the company to work more efficiently. Company leadership estimates that it can achieve approximately 15% better time efficiency on projects where they can begin the planning and design stages with an accurate understanding of the location of buried infrastructure, and cut time spent potholing to verify facilities by 50%.
Safety and protection are also primary motivators for this project: Workers’ personal safety can be better guarded with a true understanding of the location of high-consequence utilities. Additionally, because the locator device will capture pictures of locate marks that often become destroyed in the process of mitigating accidental cuts to buried utilities, photographic evidence will exist to prove that marks were on the ground in the event of a dig-in, which helps shield the company from undue liability.