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Chapter 6: Facility Owner/Operator

6.16 Information Capture

Practice Statement:

The facility owner/operator collects detailed mapping information.

Practice Description:

The facility owner/operator captures through the electronic database the following information to ensure project safety in the plan, design, construction, documentation, location, and maintenance of their longitudinal utility.

  • Any new construction that was entered at the time of installation
  • The location of abandoned or sold facilities
  • Engineering stationing and milepost/marker post location (with latitude and longitude) using common mapping coordinate systems that allow conversion to latitude and longitude
  • Alignment of the utility with engineering stationing at each running line change or point of inflection (PI) including signs and markers
  • Bridges, culverts, and rivers
  • All road crossings; overhead viaducts, and underpasses, including name of the street (public or private); and mile-marker/marker-post designation
  • Small-scale maps showing the overall utility route
  • Physical characteristics and attributes of the system, such as pedestal, pole, transformer, meter number, anode bed, size, material, product, and pressure
  • The number of utility lines or conduits owned by the facility owner/operator in a corridor or the size of the duct package bank (universally a general practice of major pipeline and long-distance telecommunication operators and railroads)
  • When available, any digital imagery that is used to identify facility locations in relation to the surrounding environment35

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