Category Archives: Winter 2018

Drawing in the Power of Collaboration

There has never been a more important time to discuss the initiatives and recognise the progress of being advanced across the Oceania region and the world in Damage Prevention.

Did you know in Queensland Construction the following horror statistics were recorded:

  • Every year electrical distributors report up to 30 excavators contacting overhead and underground powerlines
  • A Dial Before You Dig Telecommunications member reports 20,000 strikes per year to their network with damages accumulating to $20,000,000
  • In 2017 there were more than 10,000 incidents across Queensland impacting hospital services, telecommunications and electricity and gas supplies due to strikes of underground cables and pipes.

Queensland’s Dial Before You Dig’s General Manager, Paul Newman said, “The $5 billion increase in infrastructure spending earmarked for Queensland in the budget was likely to see a hike in the number of digs going wrong during excavations”.

In a few weeks time, the inaugural “Oceania Damage Prevention Conference” (ODPC) will be taking place on 20-23 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Over the last 20 years Australia has established a very good national referral service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks.

The Conference will bring together Locators, Contractors, Service Providers and Utilities to showcase best practices and international learnings.

Mipela GeoSolutions is proud to be an official sponsor supporting the ODPC and would highly recommend you attend.

Desktop GIS Analysis for Preliminary Route Selection

Mipela GeoSolutions have provided pre feasibility desktop study services for route selection to several of our clients.

The conceptual model uses freely available GIS datasets at a national scale across the following themes:

  • Cultural Environment (Cultural Heritage and Native Title)
  • Land Use (Australian Land Use and Management (ALUM) classification)
  • Topographic (rivers, slope (SRTM – 30m)
  • Infrastructure (road, rail, pipeline, powerline)

Projects may prioritise following existing infrastructure corridors for route selection which is achieved in the GIS model by a “weighted overlay” model (see image). This approach allows the route selection to give higher priority to existing infrastructure corridors (co location).

In most cases avoiding high potential agriculture land or National Parks would be weighted with a lower priority. Changing the parameters (eg. equal weighting vs co-location) provides multiple route options that may be compared side-by-side during preliminary selection. A Constructability Matrix indicating the number of road, rail and river crossings is also produced as part of the analysis.

For more information on GIS desktop analysis work, please contact our Client Success team on 1300 807 770.

X-Info DBYD suite Perfect Fit for ATOM

Australian Terminal Operations Management (ATOM) is a company dedicated to operating 3rd party bulk fuel facilities safely, reliably and effectively for its customers. With a head office in Melbourne, ATOM currently operates and maintains 17 bulk fuel terminals across Australia.

National HSSE & Operations Excellence Manager for ATOM, Leon Harris, identified that having a lot of underground pipeline exposed them to potential significant risk when third parties are working close by.

ATOM were in need of a robust system to ensure they were informed of any potential digging and to provide the information to manage the actions of third parties within a certain parameter of their asset.

The implementation of X-Info DBYD suite gave Leon assurance that adequate controls are in place to mitigate any incidents.

Leon said, “X-Info DBYD suite has created a barrier to risk for their assets. In addition, the automation allows resources to focus on high risk areas, eliminating the administrative burden that comes with manual processing.”

The introduction of X-Info DBYD suite is providing everyone with an extra level of safety with little to no effort by the ATOM team.

Handy Tips n Tricks

X-Info Plans Management

Q1: How can I access the DBYD Jobs?

A1: Click on the second hyperlink in any job confirmation email you receive and login to the portal from your computer or mobile device.

Q2. Can I check the progress of a DBYD job before it sends me an email to confirm the job is completed?

A2. Yes, simply log into the portal and select Find Job Number. Select a Job and then click on the second tab called Plans Management Details. The summary pic chart will give you a quick visual on the status of the job and all details are listed below.

If you would like any further information on X-Info Plans Management or assistance, please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au