The following article was published in the December 2017 edition of the US Damage Prevention Professional Magazine, written by the beforeUdig Country Manager Phil Cornforth. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and the main gateway for air travellers. More than five million international passengers arrived through Auckland Airport in the twelve months prior to August, 2017.
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As long-time members of beforeUdig Rotorua Lakes Council were challenged with a manually laborious response process to its incoming enquiries, tasked with supplying multiple sets of plans to provide asset information. The time consuming process required dedicated staff attention to ensure responses went out in a reasonably accepted timeframe.
Rotorua adopted an automated process with the use of PelicanCorp’s TicketAccess solution to efficiently deliver and maintain consistent detailed information to those conducting works near their underground assets, focussing on dependable service delivery and the avoidance of contractor damage.
By transforming and automating the response to beforeUdig enquiries TicketAccess has successfully eliminated the manual processes for Rotorua. By delivering a single asset plan pack within minutes, Rotorua have achieved improved accessibility to council information and ensuring a safer work environment. In addition, Rotorua have also incorporated a second line of defence in ensuring the safety of those working within areas where geothermal activity is present.
Transpower was operating a radio network for all internal information back from their power grid. An upgrade process took place in 2009 which resulted in challenges such as protection of their underground assets as well as how to respond to enquiries with utility plans.
Transpower signed up as members of the beforeUdig service to protect their assets and provide safety to contractors and opted for PelicanCorp's TicketAccess solution to efficiently automate their response service.
By combining their membership with the beforeUdig service and TicketAccess,Transpower have standardised their asset protection and operational health and safety processes.