Challenge:

The AADBYDS recognised a need to record and report on occurrences resulting from DBYD enquiries, with an aim to analyse damages and identify high risk areas and reduce risk to public safety.

Solutions:

A National Damage Reporting System was developed by Mipela GeoSolutions using location information management software X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect.

Result:

The Damage Reporting System is a tool to identify opportunities for improvement, to further develop educational programs and best practices, reduce future damages and lead to a safer environment.

AADBYDS

Australian Association of Dial Before You Dig Services

X-Info WebConnect helps to develop a safer environment with a National Damage Reporting System

Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) is a free national community service designed to prevent damage and disruption to the vast pipe and cable networks which provides Australia with essential services – electricity, gas, communications and water.

The Australian Association of Dial Before You Dig Services (AADBYDS) was established to ensure a consistent national approach to the provision of the DBYD service. AADBYDS assumes responsibility for providing the service for all states and territories. The consistent national service delivery allows members and users who operate in more than one state to receive information in a consistent form.

Damage to underground assets has economical and potential environmental impacts for many stakeholders, but more importantly it is the cost of impact to human lives that is the most damaging.

The Association recognised a need to record and report on occurrences resulting from DBYD enquiries, with an aim to analyse damages and identify high risk areas and to further reduce risk to public safety.

AADBYDS required a simple and intuitive system, accessible by all members. The system would allow affected parties to enter, review, report and analyse damages to underground infrastructure.

A National Damage Reporting System, referred to as the OCHRE Solution (Occurrence & Hazard Reporting Engine); was developed by Mipela GeoSolutions. The system uses location information management software X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. It is available 24/7 for over 600 AADBYDS member organisations to input data for analysing and reporting.
The Damage Reporting System provides industry stakeholders a means to anonymously report data into a comprehensive database for analysis of the factors that contribute to the events.

AADBYDS’s members can input incident data via a secure Web Forms based interface, which allows data input over the Internet anywhere or else via a batch upload. The data is hosted in a secure environment using Mipela’s X-Info Portal.

The reporting system enables annual, monthly and on demand report generation for AADBYDS to better understand where, how and why these damages are occurring. Through understanding incident trends, the system aims to reduce the number and frequency of incidents. Key personnel are able to identify hazardous situations through studying historical incidents; and by applying this knowledge to the workplace, are able to increase the safety of the environment and in many situations prevent injury or fatal outcomes.

The Damage Reporting System does not prevent damage, but it is a tool to identify opportunities for improvement and to measure the progress of related efforts. The results of this report can be used to develop educational programs and best practices to potentially reduce future damages and lead to a safer environment.