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:: Marking Guidelines Committee

Minutes of The Marking Guidelines Meeting
October 24, 2006
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD 21076

Wayne opened the meeting with distribution of the minutes of the previous meeting held on September 26, 2006. Upon review of these minutes, Tom Baldwin wanted to know what benefit there is when a ticket is established as “high profile”. Wayne explained that different facilities establish different meanings for their utility being “high profile”. With that said the entire group voted 100% in favor that this should be removed from the marking standards and should be facility owner specific.

Karen Watkins needed clarification on “the typical service size”. Tom Baldwin was not comfortable with the verbage of service to identify pipe size. Again, the entire group voted 100% in favor of changing the verbage to “typical pipe size”.

The idea of the distance between the corridor markings being the size of the utility was discussed and the primary concern was for plastic piping that is installed with tracer wire. Tom Baldwin stated that BGE requires the tracer wire be installed a min. of 6” away from the pipe and therefore the corridor marking being the size of the utility will create a smaller margin for error on the locator’s part.

To finalize the reviewing of the minutes:
Voted and accepted: 13/13
To remove the note: Gas mains, electric transmission lines, water mains, sewer mains, 4” and above are considered high profile

Voted and accepted: 13/13
Verbage change to: Typical pipe size below 6” shall be identified by a single marking, and Typical pipe size 6” and above shall be identified by a designated corridor pipe marking, see figure 1-2.

Figure 1-2

Discussion of labeling of the utility was discussed. Wayne stated that labeling of the utility to include facility owner, material type and size is an industry standard nationwide. Kelly Hardy expressed great concern that labeling of the utilities can hurt everyone. Tom Baldwin explained the importance of labeling as a damage prevention tool and gave some examples. Wayne reminded the committee that these are recommendations and will not automatically become law. Tom Hastings put the question out there, “How specific do we want to be with the labeling?” Dennis Lescalleet provided an example of why it is so important as an excavator to know exactly what it is that one is digging to find. Tom Baldwin stated that if these labeling recommendations become marking standards, that education of the excavating community can be more mainstreamed.

The committee Voted and accepted that: When known, the size material type and owner of facility shall be indicated at the beginning and at the end of the locate request area and site specific in between.

The committee than discussed the importance of offsets and it was agreed upon that figure 1-3 is an example of how offsets are usually displayed:

Offsets being a graffiti issue was discussed and the fact that most offsets are being displayed in the gutter pan which seems to last forever. It was also discussed that offsets as well as flags may be used but at the locator’s discretion.

The committee Voted and accepted that: #15 from the Va. Marking Standards be adopted in its entirety to preclude with the first sentence of #1.  “In area where marks may be destroyed (high traffic areas, gravel areas, dirt areas, etc.), or where surface conditions are such that the placement of marks directly over the utility line is not possible, offset markings shall be used. The offset marks should be placed on a permanent surface, which is not likely to be destroyed. When possible, offset marks shall be used in conjunction with marks placed in accordance with The American Public Works Association’s color codes. Offset marks shall include an arrow, pointing in the direction of the utility line, with the distance in feet (measured with an appropriate instrument) to the location of the utility line shown on the right side of the arrow, and size, material type and other information on the left side of the arrow. Offset marks should be legible when facing utility.

To close, Tom Baldwin suggested that we contact any company and request permission to use information that we will refer to such as the Va. State Corporation Commission.

Meeting adjourned at 2:15pm.

Next meeting after the MD/DC Damage Prevention Meeting, November 28, 2006.

Attendee List
Name Company Phone Email
Wayne Gilmer Utiliquest 301-674-2769 Walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Tim VanCleve Verizon 410-303-3983 Timothy.m.vancleve@verizon.com
Tom Baldwin BGE 410-291-3677 t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Sherell Stone NPL 410-354-3972 sstone@nplcc.com
Tom Hastings OCCLS 410-712-0544 thastings@occls.com
Kelly Hardy Utiliquest   Kelly.hardy@utiliquest.com
Dennis Lescalleet Pleasants Escavating 301-428-0800 dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Gary Shulties Delmarva Power 410-758-4112  
Karen Watkins SMECO 301-274-4350 Karen.watkins@smeco.coop
Dave Dubs NETWORX 703-989-1715 ddubs@networxusa.com
Kevin Woolbright WSSC 301-206-8216 kwoolbr@wssc.water.com
Joe Wilkinson Verizon 301-904-6024 Joseph.a.wilkinson@verizon.com
Alex Baquie A.A. County 410-222-7340 alexboquie@aacounty.org
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