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Introducing UtilAlert
Digging Activity Real-time Feedback and Alerts

Available Q2 2019 on a monthly subscription basis.
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Over two years of field testing & refinement with utilities in the U.S. and Canada

Preventing Damage

UtilAlert – an innovative Notification System – is a “plug & play” excavator-mounted device, able to:

  • Discern the movement of digging activities through on-board multiple axis inertial measurement units
  • Capture the GPS location of the excavator
  • Transmit the information to a real-time GIS-enabled database through the cellular network.

Software evaluates the excavator location and digging activity with mapping of any connected utility and 811 dig ticket boundaries. When the software identifies a high-risk utility at the location using GIS mapping, the device alerts the excavator operator directly and both contractor and utility damage prevention teams through mobile and desktop apps. All parties can act to prevent damage before it occurs.

Digging Deeper: Alerts & Geo-Fencing

Key to damage prevention is UtilAlert’s onboard multi-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and patent-pending software that enables alerts and geo-fencing. The operator notification system includes a loud buzzer, flashing lights and a message screen. Management alerts are flexible and customer defined through an online interface.  Alert systems can be through email or text messaging as selected.

The IMU also provides geo-fencing of fleet storage yards and real time access to last known position on mobile and desktop applications- improving fleet management and recovery of missing equipment.

Overwhelmingly Positive Feedback

More than 150 prototype devices have been demonstrated in the field by PG&E and a variety of excavators, including construction companies, agriculture users, and municipalities.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with users praising:

The plug and play set-up

Convenient mobility

Fast response and robustness of the devices

Improving the overall fleet management capabilities

Contractor?

Benefit from reduced damage due to excavation activity and better equipment management. The mobile and desktop apps allow for tracking of the excavator assets in a map view, and the software sends notifications as well.

Additional UtilAlert benefits:

  • Minimize the cost of damages
  • Avoid delays to completion schedules
  • Enhance safety for workers and the general public.
  • Allows all stakeholders to benefit from enhancing situational awareness and reducing risk
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 Behind The Scenes – How It Works!

Data Processing Workflow

How it works…

Data Processing Workflow

UtilAlert Benefits…

  • Improved transparency on excavation activities in the field
  • Reduced risk when digging near gas pipeline
  • Enhanced situational awareness through real-time data streams of excavation locations and  movements

  • Historical data archiving for big data analysis and trend identification
  • Potential insurance benefits from continual safe job site construction
  • Track digging activities outside of authorized boundaries

UtilAlert Benefits…

  • Improved transparency on excavation activities in the field
  • Reduced risk when digging near gas pipeline
  • Enhanced situational awareness through real-time data streams of excavation locations and  movements

  • Historical data archiving for big data analysis and trend identification
  • Potential insurance benefits from continual safe job site construction
  • Track digging activities outside of authorized boundaries

The Story

Operations Technology Development (OTD), a member-driven consortium of natural gas utilities working together to develop technology solutions for safe and reliable infrastructure operations, signed an agreement for commercialization of the system with Hydromax USA, a leader in data-centric solutions for inspection of gas, water and sewer utilities. OTD engaged GTI, a leading research, development, and deployment company that has been addressing energy technology and environmental challenges for more than 75 years, to develop the system. Additional support for the system development came from the California Energy Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), a California-based utility.

Click below to learn about each company that has played a role in the development of UtilAlert:

The Story

Operations Technology Development (OTD), a member-driven consortium of natural gas utilities working together to develop technology solutions for safe and reliable infrastructure operations, signed an agreement for commercialization of the system with Hydromax USA, a leader in data-centric solutions for inspection of gas, water and sewer utilities. OTD engaged GTI, a leading research, development, and deployment company that has been addressing energy technology and environmental challenges for more than 75 years, to develop the system. Additional support for the system development came from the California Energy Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), a California-based utility.

Click below to learn about each company that has played a role in the development of UtilAlert:

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Thank you for your interest in UtilAlert™ by Hydromax USA. Please fill out the form below to receive more information on how UtilAlert can assist you in Excavation Damage Prevention.

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Developed in cooperation with Operations Technology Development, NFP