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Why You Should Always Locate Utility Lines Before Digging

Locating Utility Lines Before Beginning Work is Crucial to Minimizing Utility Risk
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Case studies

P.G & E Sign

Case study: CPUC vs PG&E

In January 2020 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordered PG&E to pay $110 millio...

David Horesh
November 15, 2020
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Worker digging up conduit

Case study: Comcast project in Gypsum Colorado

On the morning of September 17th, 2020, the quiet town of Gypsum, Colorado woke up to the sound o...

David Horesh
November 15, 2020
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The cost of striking

29:1 The cost of striking

There are more than 35 million miles of underground utility lines in the US – gas, water, sewag...

David Horesh
December 18, 2020
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Recent blog posts

Nicole Metje at the 4M utility strategy podcast

The Public Cost of Utility Strikes feat. Nicole Metje (Ep. 14)

Nicole Metje gives a broad look at the direct and indirect costs of utility strikes and conflicts

Team 4M
May 8, 2022
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Jim Anspach at the 4M utility strategy podcast

40 Years of Subsurface Utility Engineering feat. Jim Anspach (Ep. 13)

Jim Anspach tells us the amazing history of SUE and his founding role leading to ASCE 38

Team 4M
May 7, 2022
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Jason Martschuk at 4M podcast

How Data & SaaS Are Changing Construction feat. Jason Martschuk (Ep. 12)

Jason Martschuk explains what makes or breaks SaaS and data solutions for AEC industry users

Team 4M
May 4, 2022
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Utility Easements: Implications for Utility Risk

Utility Easements: What are the Key Implications for Managing Project Utility Risk?

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May 2, 2022
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Construction Coordination

Why Utility Coordination is Key to Project Success

Utility Coordination is Key to Finishing Projects Safely, On Budget, and On Time

Team 4M
April 24, 2022
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tunnel construction site

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Utility Implications

What does the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act mean for utility stakeholders in Texas?

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April 17, 2022
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The Real Story Behind Damage Statistics feat. Ahmed Al-Bayati (Ep. 11)

Ahmed Al-Bayati tells us the REAL story of One-Call—and why people need to use it differently

Team 4M
April 12, 2022
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Gathering line

New Regulations on Gathering Lines: Implications for Utility Operators

New federal regulations on gathering lines will push operators to gather improved data

Team 4M
April 10, 2022
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Risk Mitigation in construction

Keys to a Successful Project Delivery: Risk Mitigation

Best practices for mitigating utility risk and ensuring a successful project delivery

Team 4M
April 3, 2022
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design build vs design bid build illustration

Design Build vs. Design Bid Build

A look at different project delivery methods and their implications for utility strategy

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April 3, 2022
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Utility Data

What is utility data?

How utility data is collected, organized, and used for better management and planning

Team 4M
February 2, 2022
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4M Utility Strategy Podcast With Steven Rienks

Promoting Due Diligence with Project Management feat. Steven Rienks (Ep. 10)

Steven Rienks gives advice on project management and early utility surveying in the transport sector

Team 4M
January 31, 2022
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4M Utility Strategy Podcast Episode 9: Neil Brammall

Launching UK's National Underground Asset Register feat. Neil Brammall (Ep. 9)

Neil Brammall talks sharing and improving utility data with NUAR, the UK's map of buried assets

Team 4M
January 24, 2022
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4M Utility Strategy Podcast Episode 8: Jim Schauer

Collaborating Across Industry on Energy's Future feat. Jim Schauer (Ep. 8)

Jim Schauer talks collaboration, tech innovation, and long-term planning in the energy industry

Team 4M
January 24, 2022
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4M Utility Strategy Podcast Episode 7: Douglas Gransberg

Less Risk, More Value with Alternative Delivery feat. Doug Gransberg (Ep. 7)

Douglas Gransberg talks early collaboration and risk management to solve our complex infrastructure

Team 4M
January 17, 2022
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Geoff Zeiss at 4M Utility Strategy Podcast

The Crisis of Unmapped Utilities feat. Geoff Zeiss (Ep. 6)

Geoff Zeiss on the state of utility locating and the future of utility mapping around the world

Team 4M
January 13, 2022
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Utility Coordination

Utility Coordination Best Practices

The key for successful utility coordination is early collection of comprehensive utility data.

Team 4M
January 2, 2022
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Podcast Episode 5: Gary Huffman

Innovating Infrastructure for Resiliency feat. Gary Huffman (Ep. 5)

Gary Huffman on how utilities can serve customers smarter, cheaper, and more reliably

Team 4M
December 14, 2021
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Episode 4: David Rottmayer

Solving the Telecom Problem feat. David Rottmayer (Ep. 4)

David Rottmayer on what to learn from telecom's expansion and how to improve service to end users

Team 4M
December 6, 2021
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Podcast Episode 3: Hugh Seaton

Closing the Productivity Gap with ConTech feat. Hugh Seaton (Ep. 3)

Hugh Seaton talks construction technology, innovation, and change management on our third episode

Team 4M
December 6, 2021
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Podcast Episode 2: Steaphan MacAulay

Tech-Forward Surveying feat. Steaphan MacAulay (Ep. 2)

We talk surveying and advanced technology with Steaphan MacAulay on our second episode

Team 4M
December 5, 2021
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utility mapping used on a project

What can go wrong when you don’t use utility mapping?

What is utility mapping, why is it important for your project, and what can go wrong without it?

Team 4M
December 2, 2021
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Locate Underground Utilities

How to Locate Underground Utilities

What benefits, costs and risk implications come with each method of locating underground utilities?

Team 4M
November 28, 2021
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Podcast Episode 1: Samuel Ariaratnam

Trenchless Tech feat. Samuel Ariaratnam (Ep. 1)

We're proud to debut our new podcast with the go-to guy on trenchless technology, Samuel Ariaratnam!

Team 4M
November 23, 2021
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 Itzik Malka, Yoav Cohen and Nir Cohen

Securing $11M to map the subsurface

We're very proud to announce a successful Series A, securing $11M in investments.

Team 4M
August 10, 2021
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green water pump

Let's Talk About Water, and Where it Comes From

How do the people in charge take care of our water systems, and why it matters - survey revealed.

Team 4M
July 16, 2021
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Buildings

The Future of E&C in America

Forecasting growth in 2022, the E&C market in the U.S. is looking to recuperate fast

Team 4M
July 2, 2021
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Renewable Energy Bulb

4M Spotlight on Renewable Energy

Global renewable energy market is growing faster than ever. We explore why and what it means

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June 18, 2021
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Construction workers on site

The Lasting Marriage of Construction and Tech

Today a ‘tech-savvy’ approach is the only way forward for the construction industry

Team 4M
May 21, 2021
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ASCE Report 2021

The American Society of Civil Engineers has recently released its annual report card

Team 4M
April 30, 2021
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excavators digging up the ground

Digging up the imperfect system for excavation safety

Living with a private yard or garden has its many advantages and obvious pluses.

Team 4M
April 23, 2021
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Railroad

Post-COVID global infrastructure investments

One of the many repercussions of the pandemic was a decline in the global infrastructure sector

Team 4M
April 16, 2021
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Water Pipeline

National Safe Digging Month

Alongside spring and rejuvenation, the month of April also marks the U.S National Safe Digging Month

Team 4M
April 10, 2021
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Fields View

Global subsurface mapping

Some interesting recent developments around the world are bringing the importance of subsurface mapp

Team 4M
March 25, 2021
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Conduits

Fiber optics growth & subsurface mapping

The global fiber optics market was valued at US$ 6.81 billion in 2019 - and it hasn't even started

Team 4M
March 19, 2021
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Excavation

Soil erosion

Subsurface utilities and the challenge of soil erosion. What is it and how can we fix it?

Team 4M
March 10, 2021
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COVID-19 challenges

During the first week of March 2020, Pennsylvania University announced that due to the COVID-19...

Team 4M
March 1, 2021
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Natural Disaster

Climate change & 4M 

The climate is changing, and in the past year we have felt its wrath in the form of natural disaster

Team 4M
February 25, 2021
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Excavation safety practices

Reliability & Work Safe New Zealand

 Towards the end of 2019, a New Zealand excavation crew struck a two-inch natural gas line....

Team 4M
February 19, 2021
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Wildfire

Wildfires & 4M

Above-ground power lines have their benefits. They do. They are simpler and quicker to install...

Team 4M
February 18, 2021
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Workers fix water pipes

How 4M creates new markets that don’t exist

Mapping is a tool that has been developing and evolving for thousands of years; from cavemen draw...

David Horesh
January 29, 2021
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Frost & Sullivan 2020 Award

Frost & Sullivan award 2020

Frost & Sullivan, the growth partnership company, announced that the winner of the Frost & Sulliv...

Team 4M
January 22, 2021
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Itzik Malka, Yoav Cohen and Nir Cohen

Words from our CEO – Itzik Malka

Let me tell you a story. One that is never talked about but touches each and every one of us...

Itzik Malka
January 15, 2021
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CGA Whitepaper

CGA’s report on improving the delivery of accurate, on-time locates – Key points

During October 2020, The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) released the new “White Paper,” which featu...

David Horesh
December 31, 2020
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Workers in Panic during natural disaster

How the Farmington explosion changed Maine state law

On the morning of September 16th, 2019, a big explosion occurred at LEAP Inc. in Farmington, Main...

David Horesh
December 25, 2020
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The cost of striking

29:1 The cost of striking

There are more than 35 million miles of underground utility lines in the US – gas, water, sewag...

David Horesh
December 18, 2020
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Satellite terrain view

Satellites & Image recognition

Image recognition is a set of methods used to detect and analyze images with the purpose of proce...

David Horesh
December 11, 2020
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Damage Prevention Card

Damage prevention report card 2020

In October 2020, the Aii (Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure), put together a ‘Damage pre...

David Horesh
December 4, 2020
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DIRT Report 2019 cover

CGA presents: DIRT Report 2019

In October 2020, Common Ground Alliance (CGA) published its 2019 Damage Information Reporting Too...

David Horesh
November 15, 2020
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Worker digging up conduit

Case study: Comcast project in Gypsum Colorado

On the morning of September 17th, 2020, the quiet town of Gypsum, Colorado woke up to the sound o...

David Horesh
November 15, 2020
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P.G & E Sign

Case study: CPUC vs PG&E

In January 2020 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordered PG&E to pay $110 millio...

David Horesh
November 15, 2020
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