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Friday, 22 November

No Need for Grid Lock

The National Grid has launched a new website, www.beforeyoudig.nationalgrid.com, to help prevent contractors and developers from hitting or striking through gas distribution and transmission pipes and electricity cables.

The new site is free to register and open to all contractors, consultants and developers, providing registered users with a fast and accurate interactive mapping service within minutes so that they can accurately mark up a work area to avoid all of National Grid’s under and over-ground assets. Currently National Grid makes a substantial number of claims a year against construction and property companies for the repair of its assets that have been accidentally damaged, resulting in significant costs to the property industry.

Once registered, users have to complete a short, pre-defined form that details what work is being undertaken and use an interactive map to specify the exact location the work is taking place. The site then automatically provides downloads of detailed maps and drawings for all of the National Grid assets in the vicinity of the site, with scaled asset location maps.

Picture courtesy of Morgan Sindall

Article written by Mike Gannon

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