Orange and Rockland Utilities has taken a significant step forward in their effort to eliminate third party damages by utilizing the most advanced natural gas main locating and mark out service. The locating technology, which is developed and deployed by New York based ULC Robotics, is able to produce highly accurate locating and mark out of the gas main along with all pipeline features so excavators can safely work near gas mains.
“On the first day we marked out two gas services and identified gas bypass piping that was not marked out by the previous utility locate contractor,” says Ryan McGowan, Director of Field Operations at ULC. “This goes to show that even just one day on the job with this technology can significantly reduce third party damage.”
Over the next several months, ULC crews will be locating and marking out small diameter Aldyl-A gas mains that are set for replacement in multiple locations in Orange and Rockland Counties. The gas utility locating service will pinpoint the exact location of the gas main along with all services, cross tees and branches without the need to rely on outdated or incomplete utility maps. In addition, ULC’s utility locating services are being utilized to pinpoint the location of other types of gas mains in areas where other locating methods have not produced satisfactory results.
“One of the biggest challenges for every gas utility is preventing third party damage,” says Gregory Penza, President at ULC Robotics. “Orange and Rockland Utilities has risen to this task by taking the extra precautions needed to greatly improve safety for utility workers, contractors and the public.”
Typical methods used to mark out underground utilities prior to pipeline replacement projects which rely on outdated or incomplete maps or can be off the mark by several feet don’t provide the accuracy and level of detail needed to ensure safety and efficiency. With this improved locating technology, which is developed and deployed by ULC, the New York based gas utility will have the mark out required by excavation contractors to effectively eliminate third party damage caused by mislocates and partial locates.