Get Roped into All Things Utility Locating at the International Utility Locate Rodeo

Did you know that being skilled as a utility locator not only helps save lives by uncovering and marking utility lines so they are not damaged or disturbed but can be a lot of fun, too! Each year at the International Utility Locate Rodeo, utility locating technicians get the chance to prove they are the… Continue reading

Locate Your Utilities Before Outdoor Summer Yard Projects on Memorial Day

Finally summer is here with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, and with all those extra outdoor activities you may be planning, we wanted to remind you to be sure to call 811 before doing any digging in the ground. Many people take the opportunity this weekend to work in the yard and get started… Continue reading

Putting Power Lines Underground: The Debate Rages on

As you watch your local power company cut back trees each year prior to winter storms and headed into the spring and summer growing season, many wonder why power lines are not yet buried underground. CNN took a look in an interesting story recently and here’s what they found. According to CNN, utility companies who… Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Utilities and Utility Locating

Utility locating probably not something you think about very often, yet it is critically important to avoid series incidents when utilities are accidentally damaged. We’ve put together 10 fast facts about utility locating that you may not know: An underground utility line is damaged every eight minutes. – Common Ground Alliance 330,000 damage incidents related… Continue reading

How to Join in National Safe Digging Month to Build Awareness of Utility Locating

As we mentioned previously, April is National Safe Digging Month, an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance, a group that works with industry stakeholders to prevent damage to underground utilities and ensure public safety. A variety of activities take place throughout the month – both fun and educational – to spread the word about making… Continue reading

April Brings Spring and National Safe Digging Month

In just two weeks, we’ll be celebrating National Safe Digging Month, an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance dedicated to promoting the importance of utility locating prior to any digging in the ground. In order to “dig safely,” it’s important that everyone make a free call to 811. Calling 811 connects you to your state… Continue reading

Expert Witness Services in Utility Damage Cases

Despite everyone’s best intentions, sometimes accidents do happen, and when it involves utilities, the result can often be devastating. Gas explosions can cause complete destruction of properties as well as loss of life, as can contact with live electrical lines. Other times, utility damage causes great inconvenience and economic loss, such as cutting phone and… Continue reading

6 Utility Locating Terms to Know: From Private Utility Locating to Vacuum Excavation

When it comes to utility locating and utility locating companies, most of us are not experts :). But as homeowners and private property owners we do need to understand the basics of public and private utility locating, as well as when and why it’s needed. Here are 6 utility locating terms you should know: 1)     … Continue reading

Call 811 Educates Race Fans about Proper Utility Locating

Here in Indiana, where our utility locating company is based, we love racing! With the annual Indy 500 and Brickyard 400, Hoosiers just can’t get enough of fast cars. That’s why we’re excited about Call 811’s campaign targeting visitors to the nearby Kentucky Motor Speedway. Call 811 signs are prominently displayed on underground pedestrian tunnels… Continue reading