Utility Locating Terminology: Scan Vs. Clear

Utility Locating Terminology: Scan Vs. Clear

In the past, we have always referred to the utility locating services we’ve preformed at “clearing” and area. In recent months, however, this term has become confusing to a lot of our clients and new staff members. We are taking some action about this, and changing our terminology. When we perform utility locating services in a given work area, we will refer to the work we do as “scanning the area.”

The word “clear” has been confused as of late with the fact the the area is Clear of utilities. Historically, just because we “cleared” and area, does not mean that there are no utilities present. We used the term “clear” to indicate that we had surveyed and investigated an area. Like when police are storming a structure and the yell “Clear” when they have surveyed a room.

Because of this confusion we are now referring to an area that we have surveyed and investigated as a “scan” or “survey” area. This update will take some time to get used to for Management, Service Technicians, and Clients, but we hope this change will help clarify things in the future.

If you have any questions about your job site, and are not sure if your work areas were clear, or scanned, please call your local office at 1-800-495-4548.

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