Aug. 11 is 811 Day across the U.S., which brings awareness to the practice of safe digging, whether it’s planting a tree in your backyard or digging the foundation for a large building.
Infrastructure that accommodates electricity, natural gas, water, sewer and telecommunications lines—all utilities required to operate our homes, hospitals and businesses—are underground. Striking an unknown utility line can cause injury and/or lead to costly repairs and project delays.
Members of Halff’s Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) practice spend each day locating and identifying visible and underground utilities during all stages of our planning and design to help clients and partners avoid costly conflicts and hazards. Our services minimize risk while reducing project costs, construction delays and citizen inconvenience to ensure a safer, more efficient environment for construction personnel and the public.
Texas’s free one-call service fields between 13,000 and 15,000 calls each week as there are more than 7 million miles of underground utilities throughout the state, according to the Texas811 website.
However, there are many advantages to choosing SUE professionals, as described in the graphic below:
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