Cross Bore Mitigation – Part 2

Crews from NPL brought their Rigid SeeSnake to the Roundtable Live! event to demonstrate cross bore mitigation using trenchless excavation. This is a key component to damage prevention in underground utility construction. Using the features of the bore camera to double check their bore path underground, NPL crews showed how a little extra effort for …

Cross Bore Mitigation – Part 1

Cross bore mitigation demonstrations were part of The Roundtable Live! event August 9, 2018 at Planet Underground. For example, in this particular demonstration, a live utility strike was staged involving a horizontal directional drill cross bore through a sewer lateral. During the demos, we talked to an excavator and a utility company representative about best …

The Vermeer Navigator® HDD Simulator

Zach Pickard, Training and Development Specialist with Vermeer, gives a brief overview of the operation of their Navigator® HDD Simulator. Vermeer has received great feedback from customers using the simulator for horizontal directional drill hands on training. The virtual training acts as a precursor to training on actual drills out in the field. A network …

Going the Extra Mile to Make Sure Your Crew Goes Home Safe!

Going the Extra Mile to Make Sure Your Crew Goes Home Safe: Hear how attention to detail in construction helped avoid the shutdown of O’Hare Airport and how, when it comes to excavation safety, assumptions can kill you. As utility and telecommunication excavating accidents continue to occur with deadly consequences, due diligence in the work …

Vermeer HDD Circuit Training

Vermeer launched its first HDD circuit training program in 2015, which ultimately developed into a two week training program at the factory. Students are pre-tested on current industry knowledge, then have classroom time reviewing key topics for success: safety, mud mixing, drill fluid mixing, what are the types of fluids/how they are used, common components …

811 Garden – Taste of Chicago

Tony Abruscato, Director of the 811 Chicago flower and garden show, says “The 811 garden is all about bringing together urban agriculture, gardening and safe digging. It’s all about consumer safety and awareness.” 811 Chicago sponsored the garden in partnership with the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and Humana. The garden was part of the …

Expect the Unexpected on the Jobsite

The crews of Electric Conduit Construction met with unexpected jobsite dangers in Chicago as they heard gun shots fired nearby. In a densely populated and congested urban environment, underground utility construction crews need to be prepared for just about anything. Above all, there needs to be a constant focus on keeping crews and the public …

Episode 4: Building a New Chicago

Diverse challenges await those who excavate in an older metropolis like Chicago — abandoned lines, unstable earth, etc. — and INTREN is surely prepared to meet those challenges head on.

Near miss at an electrical substation

In these interviews by Planet Underground TV, a group of excavators shares important safety advice about drilling near electrical substations and underground facilities.

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