Canadian Common Ground Alliance
CSA Standards has just published CSA S250 Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure. This new standard has its origins from long established mapping best practices and internal utility company mapping standards. It has been developed by a committee of nationwide industry subject matter experts, regulators, general interest and user groups, all with a vested interest in improving the overall quality and consistency of mapping and records information.
Until recently, accurately identifying and recording the positional location of utility infrastructure was not formally required nor was it carried out in a consistent manner. Today, there are thousands of kilometres of underground pipes and cables whose locations have never been accurately mapped or recorded.
One of the key benefits of CSA S250 will be improved accuracy and reliability and more confidence in the location and properties of underground infrastructure. This Standard also promotes better record keeping that will improve the safety of company and contractor employees, the environment, as well as the public by reducing the utility hits or strikes. The Standard establishes accuracy levels that set tolerances for the spatial accuracy of as-builts. It also specifies the utility attributes (e.g. colours, naming conventions, symbology) to be used for describing and depicting underground utility infrastructure. The goal is to encourage consistency when data is shared and reviewed. The standard also requires a more structured approach and governance to mapping utility records by establishing procedures for improved mapping accuracy and a uniform format for utility feature descriptions, as well as processes for notification of mapping errors and practices when sharing data.
CSA S250 can be purchased at www.shopCSA.ca.
Mark Goldberg, one of Canada's leading technology and telecommunications bloggers, published a blog post today, October 12, 2011 about the CCGA's application to the CRTC to broaden the assignment of 811.
Please see Mark's blog post, Finding Common Ground.
Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Joe Oliver, proclaimed support to broaden the assignment of the 811 dialing code in a speech delivered to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association's annual dinner on September 29, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta.
"I know that you are doing your part in maintaining your safety record. I know you fully understand that a good track record in safety and environmental performance helps to create a distinct competitive advantage. This is why we support your campaign to create an “811” number for Canada’s “Call Before You Dig” program. Protecting Canada’s underground utility network is of paramount importance and making that phone call could save lives and avoid accidents."
The application filed by the CCGA in July requests the CRTC to broaden the assignment of the 811 dialing code to include "Call Before You Dig" services.
The CCGA's application attracted 200 letters of support from a wide spectrum of buried utility, damage prevention and safety stakeholders from across Canada.
The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) filed its response to comments on its application to broaden the assignment of the 811 dialing code with the CRTC earlier today.
To view the CCGA's response to the CRTC, please click the link below.
CCGA Response to Comments (filed September 26, 2011).
Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility
English (Français si-dessous):
If you wish to provide a letter of support for the CCGA's application to the CRTC to broaden the assignment of the 811 dialling code, please download this letter of support template which includes the CRTC file number at the top of the page.
Directions for submitting letter of support:
1. Download the letter of support template highlighted above
2. Date your letter
3. Insert the name of your organization, company or association in the first paragraph and in the last paragraph.
4. We encourage you to tailor the letter to reflect your own message and insert your Organization's standard "about us" paragraph in paragraph # 5 of the letter
5. Submit your letter of support directly to the CRTC (address provided on the letter of support template) and please send a copy to the Canadian Common Ground Alliance via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Si vous souhaitez soumettre une lettre d’appui relativement à la demande que la CCGA a déposée auprès du CRTC afin d’élargir l’utilisation du 811, veuillez télécharger ce modèle de lettre d'appui qui comporte le numéro de dossier du CRTC en haut de la page.
Voici les directives pour soumettre cette lettre d’appui :
1. Téléchargez le modèle de lettre d’appui mise en évidence ci-dessus.
2. Datez votre lettre.
3. Insérez le nom de votre organisation, entreprise ou association dans le premier et le dernier paragraphe.
4. Nous vous invitons à adapter le texte de la lettre de manière à transmettre votre propre message, puis insérez le paragraphe standard À propos de nous de votre organisation dans le cinquième paragraphe de la lettre.
5. Soumettez votre lettre d’appui directement au CRTC (l'adresse est indiquée dans le modèle de lettre d'appui) en prenant soin d'envoyer une copie par courriel à la Canadian Common Ground Alliance à l'adresse suivante : email@example.com.
Merci pour votre précieuse collaboration!
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