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Averting excavation disaster.

Authors
Carver-C; Bernold-LE; Lorenc-SJ
Source
J Manage Eng 1998 Jan; 14(1):29-30
NIOSHTIC No.
20000085
Abstract
Accidents do not have to cause loss of life or limb to make headlines or limb to put a company out of business. Damage done to underground utilities is a case in point. In one such incident, a North Carolina gas pipeline was cut accidentally and was out of service for six hours. A local newspaper reported the cost of repair a $15,000, but when the actual cost was analyzed by the Construction Automation and Robotics laboratory (CARL) at North Carolina State University, the total amounted to over $300,000, or more than $50,000 per hour of repair time, not including legal fees resulting from the incident. CARL has focused its attention since 1990 on developing a tool to detect underground utilities before accidents happen. A device, Buried Utility Detection System (BUDS), which is capable of scanning a work site for utilities, has been developed. BUDS can be attached directly to digging equipment and acts as a second-tier system that can be deployed after local utility company personnel have marked all known underground lines.
Keywords
Construction-equipment; Safety; Automation; Excavation-equipment; Construction-industry
Contact
Department of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7908
CODEN
JMENEA
Publication Date
19980101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
318653
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-413051
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0742-597X
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
Journal of Management in Engineering
State
NC
Performing Organization
North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
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