Locate and Mark
Accurate and reliable locates before excavation (“Pre-Excavation”) are foundational to safe excavation and infrastructure protection. Successful locating is timely, accurate and infused with ample communication between stakeholders. Success also requires a close partnership between asset owners and the locators they employ, where incentives are appropriately structured, prints are correct and readily available, subsurface engineering is thoughtfully anticipated, and host of other intertwined activities are productively executed.
Gold Shovel Standard is working with a panel of experts to drive transparency through standardized performance measurements into these pre-excavation activities. Just as greater transparency has improved industries as disparate as law enforcement, automobiles, and healthcare, Gold Shovel Standard believes it will deliver increasing benefits to our communities, as well.
Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve, and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing how measurements are done is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. Damage prevention measurements enhance and improve the safety of our workforce and the public alike.