IssueSpotlight – Locating Guidelines

Successfully locating and identifying buried utilities is a process of elimination – elimination of mistakes. A thorough understanding of the jobsite and the equipment’s correct operating procedures can help you efficiently mark a dig site for safe excavation. No matter what locating equipment you are using, following these guidelines will help you communicate to drilling or excavating crews precisely where they can dig safely.


Jobsite awareness is critical. You should gain as much knowledge about the location of the facilities as you can before pulling out your pipe and cable locator.

Review the locate request. Carefully review the dig ticket to ensure you understand the scope of the ticket and locate the entire area covered by the request.

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