Mapping Underground Infrastructure with Geospatial

Geospatial Corp. At A Glance

Founded: 2007

Headquarters: Sarver, PA

Employees: 14

What it does: Maps, locates and manages underground infrastructure in 3D with advanced technologies including LiDAR, GPR, proprietary Smart Probes, and drone surveying capabilities to avert safety and security of assets.

It’s the summer of 2015.  There’s a warm gentle breeze whispering through the trees without a cloud in the sky.  Kids across the country are cooling off in their neighborhood swimming pools.

Dayne Walling chugs a tall glass of water on television in an attempt to dissuade notions of hazardous waste being dispensed from local taps in Flint, Michigan.  A crisis, already over a year in the making at the time, left the rest of us stunned (How could this happen?  We live in the greatest country on earth; is there any way that our infrastructure could be poisoning fellow citizens?) and also grateful for our own good fortune and health.

Work Begins In Flint To Replace Lead Water Pipes

City of Flint, Michigan workers prepare to replace a lead water service line pipe at the site of the first Flint home with high lead levels. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Fast-forward to last year.

Many of us were enjoying the optimism of spring, just as we are now, unaware of the fact that funeral services were being held for those whose lives have been tragically cut short by an unmaintained gas pipeline explosion.  For those of us who were aware of the distressing event in Colorado, grumbles about swerving to avoid potholes during our morning commute began to seem trivial in the realm of infrastructure complaints.

With such high stakes being waged in the blame-game these days, one thing that we can seemingly all agree on is the need for renovation of our infrastructure.

The only problem is that no one seems to know where to start.  It’s like Thanksgiving dinner: so many possible ways of addressing what lies in front of us but no plan laid out to efficiently and effectively do so.  Private and public entities alike are back on their heels playing defense, simply addressing problems as they arise.  However, in order to avoid tragedies and build a safe, smart and sustainable future, there needs to be a proactive plan.

Naturally, the first step in solving any problem is to take an inventory of what you have and organize your information.  This is certainly no different with regards to infrastructure management.

Enter the PIPES Act of 2016.  Passed by the 114th United States Congress on June 22nd, 2016, it is the first step in developing a plan.

Where the PIPES Act ends, the comprehensive and proactive plan developed by Geospatial Corporation begins.  Not only do we need integrity analysis of what currently resides underground, but we also need quality data and intuitive data management tools in order to maintain the integrity of our assets.  (See Geospatial Corporation Cover Article in North American Oil & Gas Pipelines Magazine, April 2017.)

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North American Pipeline

Permian Basin Drone Mapping

Smart Stack Gator

Water Crossing Probe

GPR at Carnegie Mellon University

According to safety reporting statistics, a line strike occurs every 60 seconds in the U.S. alone, costing the economy an estimated $1.5 Billion annually (in repair costs alone, not counting loss of life and legal settlements).

By employing a variety of technologies including LiDAR, GPR, proprietary Smart Probes, and revolutionary drone surveying capabilities, we are able to highly accurately locate, map, and manage utilities in three-dimensions; thus providing reliable data to increase ROI and decrease liabilities.

As a highly tested and trusted full-cycle solutions provider, Geospatial Corporation is proud to have completed projects for the Army Corps of Engineers, various municipalities and universities, and many of the nation’s largest oil and gas transmitters.

Our work in the industry, dating back to 2007, has yielded a positive impact on our clients’ bottom lines as well as the safety of field workers and citizens alike.  There is much buzz today all the way from municipalities, to states, and even federal agencies regarding how we can make our infrastructure safer, smarter, and more sustainable.  The reality is that we have all of the technological capabilities to start today and it is not as difficult as you might think.

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