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Free national record sharing service for underground utilities launched

A free to use national record sharing database has been launched to give local authorities, utility firms and contractors faster and more efficient access to vital asset information, speeding up work and protecting against accidental damage.

The service is a joint venture between underground mapping firms Intelligent Trench and PelicanCorp, provider of the before-u-dig service. The no-charge service enables authorities, statutory undertakers, and contractors to use the Intelligent Trench portal to access utility plan information directly from the portal’s database, as well as to initiate utility plan requests for additional plan information through the beforeUdig service — all in a one-stop operation.

The web portal is part of Bentley’s AssetWise platform for asset lifecycle management. “With this new combined service, those inquiring about these types of assets need no longer spend valuable time calling or emailing asset owners,” said Bentley Systems industry solutions director Steve Voller. “As a result, they reduce their costs and benefit from the timely delivery of the location records they require.”

How it works

Intelligent Trench combines advanced radio frequency identification asset marking from 3M, field-based GPS data collection software from Trac-ID, a web portal and Exor spatial asset data base from Bentley Systems, and industry best practices, such as non-invasive surveys, from Infotec. Together, these technologies enable every excavation to be recorded, photographed, and mapped on a web portal.

PelicanCorp’s before-u-dig service enables plan requests to be made from all relevant asset owners. It lets contractors request plans from utilities in a step-by-step process. Once the request has been lodged, each utility is notified of the intention to dig.

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