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From The Desk Of Roger Lipscomb…

In the last issue of the DPJ we reported that the 2014 call volume in Ohio was on the rise…well, that trend has continued and as of August 31st, our YTD volume is 6.5% ahead of the same period in 2013. We are projecting that the 2014 annual volume will exceed the 2013 annual volume […]

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Betting on the Ponies: 811 wins big with Victor Espinoza and California Chrome

By Michael Downes Staff Writer The message to call before you dig won by a long shot in the 2014 Triple Crown, despite a devastating injury to California Chrome early in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the series. Proudly wearing the Call 811 insignia, world-class jockey Victor Espinoza rode California Chrome to victory […]

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Vacuum Excavation with an Attitude

By Roger Cox By now, most industry professionals have recognized the value of vacuum excavation.  It has become the “safe” way to expose underground facilities so that we can dig or bore more safely around the exposed facilities. When we think about vacuum excavation, we typically think about potholing for directional boring or maybe exposing […]

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The Dangers of Boring Blind

By Gary Sloman,  Executive Director NM811 Trenchless installation techniques are increasingly popular, especially in mature residential and commercial areas where traditional trenching methods involve substantial restoration expenses. These methods provide minimal disruption to the surface, minimal disruption to traffic and often minimize public complaints. However, percussive moles and horizontal directional drills (HDD) should never, under […]

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O.U.P.S. Notes Achievements, Recognizes Success during Annual Meeting

Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) held its annual membership meeting and dinner at the DoubleTree in Worthington to highlight the accomplishments in underground utilities damage prevention to its stakeholders. O.U.P.S. also recognized some of the individuals who have helped make this possible because of their years of service with the organization. The event began with […]

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Vacuum Excavation: A Key Component of Horizontal Directional Drilling Projects

By Don Buckner With its ability to safely expose underground utilities and effectively remove environmentally sensitive materials, vacuum excavation is quickly becoming standard practice on horizontal directional drilling projects. The need to connect utilities and services across roadways, rivers and congested areas has sparked the rise of horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a trenchless technology that […]

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Accountability: Who, What, When, Where and Why?

  by John Jacobi Today is June 17, 2014. For some reason, I am having trouble with the word “accountability.” There are many definitions floating around (Remember the good old days when we only had one or two dictionaries or maybe even an encyclopedia?) I like this one: “The obligation of an individual or organization […]

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Me & Dillard

Dillard told me one time, “Boy, you was born to fish.” I don’t know if that was true or not, but some of my greatest memories from a very long time ago have to do with the river, either swimming or fishing and mostly both. Nah, we didn’t take any pictures of anything and for […]

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The Orange Shoe Man

By Bob Nighswonger Where did it go? I remembered thinking those exact words back in the late 80s when first attempting to find a telephone cable that was installed a little over 30 feet deep. The cable was brand new and had just been installed a few weeks earlier using a horizontal directional drill. I […]

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From the Desk of Roger Lipscomb…

In the last issue of the DPJ, we reported that 2013 was a record-breaking year for Ohio’s excavation industry. Well, we are excited to report that, despite inclement weather in the first two months of the year, the YTD ticket volume at the end of April 2014 was up 3% over the same period in […]

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