Episode 11: Sun Prairie Strong, History Gone

The Sun Prairie Strong motto unites residents recovering from the shock of an underground gas line explosion that destroyed part of historic downtown Sun Prairie WI. The human costs of these very preventable underground utility strike accidents can be extremely high.

Episode 10: The Race to 5G

Busy streets, pedestrians everywhere, crowded right of ways, abandoned utilities and endless fiber installs with little room underground to spare. This is most likely how any excavator digging in Chicago would describe the Race to 5G in 2018. And with this work, its most important to design and execute efficiently. That’s why we featured HBK …

Episode 9: Candid Cameras

An often overlooked, but critical part of damage prevention is cross bore mitigation. We’ll take you on a journey with the crews of Pipe View America and Blood Hound Underground, honest and unscripted, as they dive into the critically important work behind sewer line inspections.

Episode 8: State of the Union

Planet Underground TV’s Episode 8: State of the Union features a select group of interviews and table discussions from The Roundtable at Planet Underground, Manteno IL December 2017. Over 100 individuals from nearly 60 companies representing every segment of utility construction attended this one of a kind industry event.

Episode 7: The American Locator

Planet Underground TV’s Episode 7: The American Locator features three veteran locators working in St. Paul, MN. Xcel Energy’s Frank Mariano is one of only several hundred utility-employed locators in the U.S. that are assigned to protect buried infrastructure in urban cores. Jon Moulton and Joshua Richard of Q3 Contracting team up to demonstrate the …

Episode 6: Designing Zero Damages

In Episode 6: Designing Zero Damages we take a look at what goes into the design and safe construction of a vital infrastructure project with HBK Engineering in downtown Chicago. We talk with an HBK locator mapping fiber locates into a GIS mapping system and interview HBK VP Jim Jackson on a fiber job in …

Episode 5: Little Giants, Big Hearts – Canton Rebuilds

Little Giants, Big Hearts: Canton Rebuilds On November 16th, 2016, a utility excavator accidentally struck a gas line, allowing gas to escape into the historic Opera House in Canton, IL, eventually igniting and leveling a nearby building. The explosion killed one utility worker and injured nearly a dozen people, including a one-call locator who was …

Planet Underground TV: Episode 4

In Episode 4 we film Electric Conduit Construction as they meet critical infrastructure challenges near Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Listen to professionals from SeeScan and their work on developing the next generation of EM locators, and go onsite with INTREN looking into construction and revitalization in the historic Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago. Plus, view excerpts from the 2017 Planet Underground annual Roundtable event Panel.

Planet Underground TV: Episode 3

New! In Episode 3, we feature excavators on the front line of damage prevention, a look into the benefits and challenges of GPR locating, and examine the benefits of consolidation of utility data mapping in Chicago.

Planet Underground TV: Episode 2

In Episode 2, Planet Underground TV discusses boring techniques, the evolution and need for 3-D mapping, and the value of a shovel on any jobsite.

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