One of the greatest attributes of MUUDS markers is their simplicity. They are a passive marker that identifies the depth of a utility and offers operators a guide to avoid damage to utilities. The focus of the device was to offer a reliable and uniform system for all utilities.
Nationwide, the markers have attracted attention from different utility providers and the benefits the marker offers. In addition to attracting the attention of utility providers, we have also welcomed the attention of ancillary devices that have the potential to compliment and augment MUUDS.
Of note, there are two different devices we are exploring opportunities with and pairing them with MUUDS. One is a bar code tag that has been developed to mark utilities. There are a number of benefits to such a device for buried utility lines, with one major drawback... when attached to the utility line, the line still nees to be discovered, without damaged, before the tag can be read. Pairing this type of device with a MUUDS marker offers utility providers and municipalities to provide additional information in the field that is not typically available. For instance, in a subdivision, MUUDS can be extending above ground to identify the location of water, sewer and gas lines. Bar code tags can be attached to the markers and include information including when it was installed, the size of the line, who installed it, etc. While this information is typically available on as-built drawings or in a file in the building department, this offers easily retrievable information when and where it is needed without a concern for finding the information in an office that may see frequent turnover.
The other device we are exploring is a bit more unique, interesting and more proprietary. It is an audible motion sensor that sends an alert when someone gets close. It can be programed to offer specific information invaluable in the field. For example, the sensor can be programmed to say, "Warning, 1" gas line buried below, contact local 811 before digging." or whatever the provider prefers.
The benefits of pairing the two devices with MUUDS markers are obvious. The more information provided in the field, the more likely we can avoid unnecessary damage and injury. We can never cure the human condition and its propensity for breaking the rules, but we can strive to minimize hazards and make the work place safer with simple, cost effective tools. MUUDS markers and the potential for the complementary devices provide a pound of cure, with an ounce of prevention!