2022 DIRT Report

The DIRT Report breakdowns the damage and root cause trends in the utility damage prevention process. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has released their annual Dirt Analysis and Recommendations DIRT Report.  The full report can be found here. Remember, the first step in protecting underground utilities is installing a reliable locating system. Here are the […]

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CGA White Paper

New CGA white paper, “Natural Gas: Leading the Damage Prevention Industry,” is now available. This document focuses on damage prevention analysis from natural gas distribution professionals to better understand how they can better prevent damage in the future. One take-away recognizes that “mapping, locating, AI/risk modeling, education/training and communications technologies can all be leveraged to […]

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What are those colored flags in the ground?

Are you new to underground utilities? A homeowner? Or just curious about what those colored flags in the ground are? We have the answers for you. The APWA (American Public Works Association) color codes indicate which utilities lie below. Each marker lets the person above the ground understand which utility is below the ground, making […]

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Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Tracer Wire

Wire selection is the first step when choosing a tracer wire system and is a critical decision for long-term reliability. With utility damages increasing year-over-year, it’s more important than ever to install a high-quality tracer wire system to protect underground utility assets. Listed below are 5 mistakes to avoid when selecting tracer wire.   Mistake […]

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5 Reasons You Can’t Locate Your Tracer Wire System

So you’ve installed a tracer wire system for underground utilities, but now you can’t locate it? Tracer wire systems are the most effective and accurate way to locate underground utilities, but unfortunately, too many are installed incorrectly, leaving utilities at risk for damage. Before we talk about unlocatables, it is important to know what makes […]

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Near Miss DIRT Report

Near misses highlight breakdowns in the utility damage prevention process. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has released an “Analysis of Near Miss Events” as a supplement to its most recent DIRT Report. We have compiled some of our key takeaways in the infographic below. The full report can be found here. Remember, the first step […]

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The Cobra™ Hydrant Flange is now Universal

At Copperhead, innovation and enhancements are driven by listening to our customers and understanding the challenges they’re facing in the field. One of those challenges came to us from a customer who said that while the Cobra Hydrant Flange is a great way to keep the Cobra Access Point affixed to a fire hydrant, it […]

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5 Steps to Installing a Tracer Wire System

Detecting the precise location of underground utilities is critical in protecting valuable infrastructure assets and in saving lives. But did you know that installing tracer wire alone is not enough? In order to be able to pinpoint the exact location of your utility, it is crucial to understand the principles of locating and what components […]

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Do I Need to Ground my Tracer Wire?

Do I Need to Ground my Tracer Wire? The short answer? Yes. A properly grounded tracer wire system is critical in establishing a complete electrical circuit needed for line tracing and accurate detection of underground utilities. Utility damages in the U.S. are significantly rising, and an untraceable system is at the highest risk for damage. […]

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