Just a few feet beneath the surface of most urban, suburban and country Australian transport networks are a plethora of underground assets which, if ever damaged, interrupted or stopped, could cause widespread disruption and potentially the isolation of entire communities, not to mention the risk they also pose to personal injury.
The Dial Before You Dig Australia service is available to help prevent inadvertent damage to the country’s extensive network of infrastructure services – phone, gas, water, electricity and more – and to safeguard them by avoiding needless disruption of these various energy, utility and communications networks. Underground networks are seldom ever installed in a straight line because there may be obstacles in place that they are required to work around during installation. There are also deviations in the depth of the excavations that networks are installed in, making it impossible to determine the precise placement of an installed line no matter how recently it was put there.
Better known by its shorter moniker ‘DBYD Australia’ is a free service designed to help protect the essential services that the population relies upon each day. Construction business can lodge enquiries free and in a variety of ways when planning their project and the site that it is going to directly affect.
The scope of roles that can rely on this service are wide and varied, from farmers to local councils, plumbing companies, contractors and excavation businesses are all encouraged to utilise it for their own wellbeing, and for the benefit of the community. The fascinating aspect of the service is of course understanding how it works.
Businesses who lay infrastructure are legally obliged to lodge a record of that infrastructure which is then geospatially mapped into a database system which stores the details. When an enquiry is made by a business who have plans for a specific area, they submit those details and their request then become automated. There are numerous providers of the technology which has also become popular with large privately owned business with interests across a number of sites in differing locations in a particular geographic region.
As we all see on a daily basis, the amount of ongoing construction that goes on never really seems to abate, and in sync with the relentless number of developments and construction projects are an increasing number of enquiries for DBYD services, requiring maps and response documentation in what are often demandingly short periods of time. Unfortunately, the ability of organisations to respond to the growing volume of enquiries, coupled with the repetitive process of producing response documentation and maps, is an onerous task and also one that is prone to errors and inconsistencies.
This has given rise to the popularity of automated Dial Before You Dig enquiry processing, which provides detailed plans to the enquirer within seconds, saving utilities companies and other large related organisations both time and money. Which means DBYD suite solutions are proactively providing peace of mind by protecting your underground assets and allowing those companies to focus on their core business responsibilities without being side tracked.