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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
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
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division